Apple has posted a new webpage for iTunes Match. This web-page includes a setup guide, a FAQ, and a description of how the service works. The information is helpful not only to experienced Apple customers, but also to millions of new customers who got Apple devices during the Christmas holidays.
Apple makes all of the music you purchase on iTunes available to all of your iTunes-enabled devices and computers for free through what has been named (by Apple) as “iTunes in the Cloud.” iTunes Match is a paid service (US$24.99 per year) that can match this functionality for all of your music, no matter where you got it.
After iTunes Match service went live, some users had problems in using it. Later the problems were fixed by Apple.
This is how the functioning of iTunes Match has been explained:
iTunes determines which songs in your collection are available in the iTunes Store. Any music with a match is automatically added to iCloud for you to listen to anytime, on any device. Since there are more than 20 million songs in the iTunes Store, chances are your music is already in iCloud. And for the few songs that aren’t, iTunes uploads what it can’t match (which is much faster than uploading your entire music library). Even better, all the music iTunes matches plays back from iCloud at 256-Kbps AAC DRM-free quality — even if your original copy was of lower quality.
Freqently Asked Questions (FAQ) include ten questions like Who can use iTunes Match, Which music formats can iTunes Match handle, How many devices can iTunes Match support, Will my playlists sync across devices , etc. The answers to all questions are clear and concise.
Source: The Mac Observer