So in case you haven’t noticed, there are a ton of new features in iOS 6 Beta 1. Changes that range from redesigned app stores down to new quick reply messages on the phone. Apple only highlighted eight of these new features, so everyone with their hands on the new beta is diving in to find all the changes that weren’t made center of attention at WWDC. iTunes Match is one of those.
iTunes Match was introduced with the release of iOS 5 and allowed you to “store” your music in iCloud. One of the big downsides is that whenever you wanted to listen to a song, you needed to download it to your iOS device. To keep your devices storage free, you would either have to turn off iTunes Match or delete songs after listening (at least that’s how it worked here in the States. Over in the UK, Cam has been able to stream from iTunes Match since it launched). Well in iOS 6, now you have a choice.
By default in iOS 6, iTunes Match will now stream music from iCloud to your device. Granted, it does put in a cache so you can listen again without have to be on wi-fi or a cell network. To clear the cache, Match needs to be turned off. The cool thing is that if you want to download the song, you have that option in either the Artist or Album tab in the music player.
I love this because I didn’t think it made much sense to keep it in the cloud if I had to download it to my device anyways. I’m really happy to have a choice. I’m sure there are people that want to download certain songs and have their whole library available to them at the same time.
What has your experience with iTunes Match been with iOS 5 and/or iOS 6? Is this a feature you’d use? Or is there another feature you’re excited about? Let us know in the comments down below.