Since iOS 5 and iCloud have been announced, there’s only been one service that hasn’t seen consumer devices yet. iTunes Match, which got the ‘One more thing’ title from Steve at WWDC, was originally going to launch by the end of October. It got so close to launching, Apple wiped all developer music libraries from their servers on October 29. Then, nothing. Hopes are being raised again as Apple sends yet another email to all of its developers stating that all developer iTunes Match libraries will be deleted tomorrow (again), November 12.
Here’s the email:
As we prepare for the launch of iTunes Match, we will be deleting all current iCloud libraries on Saturday, November 12th at 10 AM PST.
Please turn off iTunes Match on all of your computers and iOS devices. On your computer, choose Store > Turn off iTunes Match. On your iOS device, tap Settings > Music, then turn off iTunes Match. On your Apple TV, please choose Music > Turn off iTunes Match.The songs on your computer should not be affected. As always, please backup regularly and do not delete the music you add to iCloud from your computer.
It’s also rumoredÂ Eddy Cue and his guys at Apple will have Steve’s one last thing up and running by Monday.
iTunes Match is going to cost $24/year and allows you to stream all the music in your iTunes library, whether it was purchased from iTunes or not. It will be available on all iOS 5 devices (including the Apple TV). It also gives you the ability to match all the music you have in iTunes, in the cloud, even if you didn’t purchase it through iTunes.