After a long time wait, finally, iTunes Match is released in a few other countries, including France, the U.K., Australia and New Zealand. I guess as Apple fans, you must feel so excited that iTunes Match eventually coming into your own countries.
On the heels of the arrival of iTunes Match in Brazil, Apple began rolling out its new music service to a number of other countries, iTunes Match prices range from ￡21.99 in the U.K., €24.99 in France and AUD$39.99. The service also appears to have arrived in Canada for CAD$27.99.
iTunes Match is a feature of iTunes in the Cloud that allows you to access your entire personal music library from any computer with iTunes 10.5.1 or later installed or any iOS 5.0.1 or later device with an active Internet connection. iTunes Match requires an annual subscription of $24.99 a year. Your subscription will automatically renew at the end of your subscription. Once you have subscribed to iTunes Match and matched or uploaded your eligible music, you will be able to access your music in iCloud directly from within your iTunes Music library, or the Music Player app on your iOS 5 device. Sounds awesome, right? Besides, if you want to make the most of your iPod, you should know something about transferring music from ipod to computer, because sometimes you don’t want to lose your songs in your iPod.
Songs purchased via iTunes are given some preferential treatment, however, as the service will only ‘match’ up to 25,000 titles that were either ripped from physical discs (remember CDs?), downloaded illegally or purchased from a rival online music store. While 25,000 is likely high enough for even the most obsessive music buffs, iTunes songs do not count against that limit.
Analysts don’t expect Apple to make much profit off the service, but they do see it as an important way to further develop the iTunes ecosystem. Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster recently called projected revenue from iTunes Match “immaterial,” likening it to the iTunes Music Store and App Store, which are meant to drive hardware sales while earning modest profits.
Providing legitimate copies of songs obtained illegally might lead one to suspect Apple is drawing ire or worse from recording industry executives. Yet thanks at least in part to the promise of substantial fees for the right to license their music, one of the world’s largest record labels has already welcomed the international rollout of iTunes Match. “We believe that it creates a great and seamless experience for music buyers that will ultimately see increased sales and digital conversion,” Paul Smernicki, director of digital for Universal Music UK, told the BBC.
As Paul Smernicki said, for music buyers, iTunes Match is very useful and convenient, but the truth is not everyone needs it, not to mention it costs $24.99 a year, so for most of us, we just need to know the basic uses of iPod, like how to download photos from ipod touch, actually, I think if you know something more like that, you can make the best of your iPod.