iCloud: iTunes In The Cloud Also Supports Music Streaming On iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Mac And PC

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in the U.S. It allows users to store their entire music collection (up to 25,000 songs), including songs that they’ve ripped from CDs or purchased from anywhere else in iCloud.
Folks at InsanelyMac have created a video walkthrough of Apple ‘s new iTunes Match service, which reveals that you will not only be able to download but you can also stream music from your iTunes music library in iCloud on your

, iPod touch, Mac and PC. Until now, iTunes in iCloud was perceived as a download only service.
iTunes determines which songs in your collection are available in the iTunes Store. Any music with a match is automatically added to your iCloud library for you to listen to anytime, on any device. Since there are more than 18 million songs in the iTunes Store, most of your music is probably already in iCloud. All you have to upload is what iTunes can’t match. Which is much faster than starting from scratch. And all the music iTunes matches plays back at 256-Kbps iTunes Plus quality — even if your original copy was of lower quality.
So with the iTunes Match service, the process of uploading your GBs of iTunes music library to iCloud is a lot quicker, which can take days, if not weeks in case of competing services like
(depending on your internet connection).
launch later this fall. As of now, Apple has only announced the service in the US. It is not clear when it will be available to international users.
Even though iTunes costs $24.99 per year, we feel its worth it and one of the killer features of iCloud. We wonder if this increases the possibility of Apple launching a
.

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