Apple turned on its new iTunes Match service last night for developers to test out, and there was at least one big surprise revealed. The $25 per year service allows users to mirror their music library in Apple’s cloud without any uploading, then users can stream or download 256 kps versions of the songs on their various devices. Pretty cool feature, especially if you ripped your music catalog with low bit rates or downloaded poor quality versions off bit-torrent. Insanely Great Mac posted a video showing how the service looks on the iPhone:
I’m looking forward to freeing up some memory on my iPhone and iPad. iTunes Match will allow you to access your music on up to 5 different computers, although it’s still unclear if the iPhone and iPad counts toward that number.
Insanely Great Mac also posted a video showing what the service looks like on a Mac: