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CNET First Look
iTunes Match ServiceIf you want the benefits of iTunes in the Cloud with the music you havent purchased from Apple, we'll show you everything you need to know with Apple's $24.99 iTune Match music service.
-Hey guys, Brian Tong here with cnet.com, and we're gonna show you a first look at the iTunes match services that's finally been launched by Apple. Now, to get iTunes match, first of all, you got download the late version of iTunes and it's a service for 24.99 a year and you can turn on iTunes match by going into the store menu. Now, it will match your own personal music collection with the same tracks on the iTune store and it will also upload your remaining songs that can't be matched to the iCloud that allows you to listen to you entire collection anytime on your iOS devices Plus you'll also be able to use this service with up to 10 iOS devices in computers total and a maximum of those can be computers. Now, once the iTunes match service completes, you will be able to either stream tracks to your computer by playing them or click on the download cloud icon and store them locally. Now, once they are downloaded, the icon goes away and the size of the file changes to represent it's been loaded downloaded locally. Now, if you don't have internet connection, the iTunes match music that's not been loaded will be graded out from your music list and you will be unable to access it until you have an active internet connection. Now, let's jump over to our iOS devices. I have my iPhone running the latest iOS 5 and will go into my settings, then music where I can turn on iTunes Match on my phone. Then jump into the music app and just like an iTunes, you will see you tracks with the cloud icon next to each one. Now, I can select the song and the first play behaves as if it's streaming, but once it downloads the entire song, it will remain on your phone and the cloud icon will disappear. You can also choose to download an entire album instead of selecting it tract by tract to your iOS devices and the iTunes match service will also bring over all your playlist. So, there is your first look at the iTunes Match service. It really delivers in giving you access to your entire collection of multiple devices, but you really have to decide if that's worth 24.99. For CNET.com, I'm Brian Tong.