iTunes Match now available in Japan

By Cody Lee on May 1, 2014

Apple continues its international expansion of iTunes services this afternoon, with the launch of iTunes Match in Japan. iOS users in the country can now access the service, which first launched in the United States back in 2011.

For those unfamiliar with the service, iTunes Match allows users to ‘mirror’ their music libraries to the cloud. This enables them to access their songs from any compatible device, without having to spend hours uploading them… Read More


Apple expands iTunes Match to Finland, Norway and other countries

By Cody Lee on Dec 10, 2013

Apple has expanded its iTunes Match service to several new European countries this week. Users in Finland, Denmark, Sweden and other areas are reporting that they have been granted access to the music-mirroring service.

First introduced in late 2011, iTunes Match allows users to match songs from their iTunes libraries to tracks in Apple’s cloud. This way they can access their music from any device, without having to spend hours uploading it… Read More


It seems iTunes Match subscribers will get unlimited iTunes Radio skipping

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 29, 2013

The song-skipping feature that long stalled Apple’s iTunes Radio talks with record labels could get a boost when iTunes Radio, which was announced at June’s WWDC, launches this Fall as part of the iOS 7 refresh and iPhone 5S/5C launch.

Apple on its part hasn’t definitely confirmed whether the free ad-driven service will in fact impose a ceiling on the number of song skips akin to Pandora and other digital radio services.

For what it’s worth, iOS 7 Beta users currently can’t bypass the song-skipping limit. In my testing, for example, iTunes Radio wouldn’t allow me to skip more than six songs each hour per a specific station. But according to a new report, things could change come this Fall as Apple could enable unlimited song skipping for iTunes Match subscribers… Read More


Strategy Analytics: iCloud and iTunes Match are top cloud media services in US

By Cody Lee on Mar 21, 2013

This is kind of interesting. According to a new report from market research firm Strategy Analytics, Apple’s iCloud and iTunes Match are the top cloud media services in the United States.

The firm asked 2,300 Americans which online digital locker storage services they used to store music, video or games online. And believe it or not, iCloud/iTunes Match took the field… Read More


Apple exploring ways of letting users loan and resell “used” iTunes purchases

By Ed Sutherland on Mar 7, 2013

In a world of digital media, ranging from e-books to movies and music, consumers have often questioned the difficulty of loaning or selling their originally purchased items. In an exciting development, Apple has now developed a way to transfer digital content while also protecting the rights of the publisher.

In three patent applications filed in 2011 and 2012, Apple outlines a method similar to selling a house by transferring ownership of the front door keys, only for iTunes purchases. Driven by digital rights management (DRM), the process gives owners of apps, e-books, music and other digital items rights to loan and resell “used” items to other people… Read More


Google Music rolls out iTunes Match-like scan and match feature to US

By Cody Lee on Dec 18, 2012

Google rolled out a new scan-and-match feature for Google Music, the search giant’s cloud-based music store and storage service, to the US today. The feature, which was been available in Europe for a while now, will scan a user’s music collection on their computer, and quickly rebuild it in the cloud for cross-device streaming. It’s a lot like iTunes Match actually, except Google isn’t charging for it… Read More


iTunes Music Store goes live in Russia, Turkey and other countries

By Cody Lee on Dec 3, 2012

Earlier today, we passed along a report that Apple was going to be holding an iTunes event in Moscow tomorrow to celebrate the launch of its music store in Russia. Rumors have been circulating for some months now that iTunes Music was on its way to the country, and it appears they were dead on. Ahead of tomorrow’s event, users in Russia are seeing the iTunes Music Store populate… Read More


iTunes Match rolls out in Hungary, Poland and other markets

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 19, 2012

iTunes Match, Apple’s scan-and-match music service (also doubling as a streaming service of sorts), is being rolled out in Hungary, Poland and several other markets, it’s been revealed today. This is in addition to an expansion in late April that saw iTunes Match roll out in Greece, Portugal, Austria, Slovenia, Bulgaria and other markets… Read More


Amazon could soon match iCloud music features

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 13, 2012

According to “numerous industry sources”, online retailer Amazon is negotiating deals that will soon enable it to match most of the music features offered by Apple’s iCloud.

Amazon shocked the industry by launching its Cloud Drive and Cloud Player last year without necessary licenses from the top labels.

They are now reportedly close to striking license deals that will let them offer a scan-and-match service akin to iTunes Match… Read More


New in iOS 6: iTunes Match now lets you either stream or download songs

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 13, 2012

One of the markedly little improvements in iOS 6 that many people originally missed is the ability to stream songs stored in your music locker in the cloud. When Apple introduced iTunes Match last August, much of the debate centered around the question whether or not it streams songs.

Though it appeared as if it did, Apple denied iTunes Match streaming. Semantics aside, iTunes Match in iOS 5 used to exclusively download and store songs on your device. With iOS 6, you can now choose to either stream a song as many times as you’d like or download it for offline listening… Read More


iTunes Match goes live in new markets across the globe

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 30, 2012

iTunes Match, Apple’s $25 a year cloud locker and scan-and-match music service, is being rolled out in additional countries, according to web reports. Last time we heard, Apple expanded iTunes Match to 19 countries, with a focus on the Baltic states, Latin America and the Netherlands.

Macstories first spotted that the iTunes terms and conditions for Italy have been updated with new terms suggesting an imminent launch in the country. Other web reports confirmed a similar changes to iTunes terms and conditions for Greece, Portugal, Austria, Slovenia, Bulgaria and other markets… Read More


Groove 2: the best universal music app for iOS

By Guest Author on Apr 24, 2012

Groove 2 by Zikera is a perfect blend of beautiful design and enhanced music playback functionality. The developers describe it as “a music player that studies your listening habits and creates a wide variety of instant mixes like your own personal DJ.” I have found this claim to be highly accurate and I haven’t had to manually create an iTunes playlist since.

This universal app brings both a gorgeous visual design and an impressive set of features for listening to synced music on your device. If streaming radio isn’t your thing, then you will be very satisfied by the Groove 2 experience. It’s definitely worth downloading. Read on to discover why… Read More


Apple working on “adaptive streaming” for audio

By Oliver Haslam on Feb 28, 2012

Apple is currently working on a new file format for its iCloud service, according to reports.

Writing for The Guardian, Charles Arthur cites sources with “inside knowledge” and claims that Apple is set to bring a new format to the music world which will allow for adaptive streaming of music from iCloud, with the quality being altered depending on the playback method.

Apple’s iTunes in the Cloud and iTunes Match both rely on music being stored on servers owned by the technology company. Being able to alter the music quality as it is being distributed could potentially save in bandwidth costs for the end user… Read More


‘iTunes in the Cloud’ goes live in Japan, iTunes Match to follow

By Cody Lee on Feb 21, 2012

It’s been more than a month since Apple’s last iTunes Match roll out, but it looks like the company is getting ready to launch the popular music-mirroring service in Japan.

Macotakara is reporting that Apple has flipped the switch on its ‘iTunes in the Cloud’ component for Japanese users, allowing them to view and re-download previously purchased music… Read More

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