iTunes Match is not a Cloud Streaming Service

Apple has given developers beta access to iTunes Match, a service which allows users to sync their music across devices—even tracks not downloaded through iTunes—and play them back at 256 Kbps. Apple didn’t go into details about the service, so it was not clear if Match would allow streaming of music (with files stored in the cloud, not locally).

An Apple spokesperson has confirmed that the service requires music to be stored on whatever device is being used, so if you were hoping to upload a few gigs of music to Apple servers, delete them from your hard drive, then rely on streaming for playback, you are out of luck.

There have been reports that users are able to listen to music streams from Match, but they are really just experiencing simultaneous playback while the device is downloading the track.

[All Things D]

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