Did you get a new iDevice for Christmas? Many people did, and now’s the time when they’re going to be setting up all their new apps and services. One Apple program that’s probably going to get a lot of traffic over the next few days is iTunes Match.
iTunes Match launched last month, but many consumers are still a bit unclear as to what it actually does. According to the new website:
“With iTunes in the Cloud, the music you buy from the iTunes Store automatically appears on all your devices.1 And for music you haven’t purchased from iTunes, iTunes Match is the perfect solution. iTunes Match is built right into iTunes on your computer and the Music app on your iOS devices.2 It lets you store your entire collection in iCloud, even music you’ve imported from CDs or purchased somewhere other than iTunes. When it’s in iCloud, it’s available on all your devices. So you can enjoy all your music anywhere, anytime – on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, PC, or Apple TV.”
Even better, the company has put out an official setup guide as well as a walkthrough video and FAQ. This is great because tons of unofficial “how to” videos probably exist on YouTube, but now new customers can get the straight facts in the clearest form possible, right from Apple itself.
The FAQ in particular shed some interesting light on what iTunes Match does. For example iTunes Match supports up to ten devices, and you get to keep the songs you’ve upgraded/or downloaded even if you don’t resubscribe to iTunes Match after the first year.
It’s great to see Apple putting out content like this to help all its new customers. Are any of you new iTunes Match or iOS customers? How do you like it?