Confused about iTunes Match? Apple tries a new explanation

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Confused about iTunes Match? Apple tries a new explanation

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Hey, iOS users! Are you still scratching your heads over what exactly iTunes Match is supposed to do for you? Apple has done its best to come to your rescue with a new Web page designed to answer your lingering questions about the service.

Launched last month, the $24.99-per-year iTunes Match service lets you store your iTunes collection in Apple ‘s cloud– even content you’ve ripped from CDs or purchased from other music sites. From the cloud, you can then sync and listen to your music across an array of devices, including an iPhone , iPad, iPod Touch, Mac, PC, and Apple TV.

But there’s at least one area of confusion that Apple has attempted to address on its new page: Does iTunes Match stream songs or download them? Well, it depends.

iOS devices will start playing songs from iCloud as they download, though they’ll also store them locally for you to play without a network connection. PCs and Macs will stream your songs, but you can download them by clicking on the iCloud download button. And Apple TV will only stream your songs.

Further, you can store as many as 25,000 songs in iCloud, or more if you buy … [Read more]

Confused about iTunes Match? Apple tries a new explanation

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