Developers, get downloading! Apple has just begun seeding iTunes 10.5 beta 6.1 to developers, which features iTunes Match. This is the first time developers will be able to get their hands on the new cloud platform, announced by Apple at WWDC in June. The beta is available in the United States, and still has the $24.99 subscription cost with it. Apple sent the following email to developers seen after the break.

Apple warns that what is uploaded to iCloud will be deleted at the end of the beta period. Also, Apple wants to thank developers of their service with a free beta period and an additional free three months with their 12 months purchase.

For your perusal, we’ve included the release notes after the break:

iTunes match now featured in iOS 5 beta:

Ah! The limit has been reached!

Thanks Mike, Matt!

Backup regularly and do not delete the music you add to iCloud from your computer. Apple may periodically delete all iCloud libraries during the beta period. This will require you to scan, match, and upload songs again. Also note that some of the features and optimizations of iTunes Match may not be available during this beta. About Subscribing iTunes Match beta is available to iOS developers in the United States. • iTunes Match beta is available as an automatically renewing 12 month subscription for $24.99 per year. You may cancel at any time from your Account settings. • To thank you for your participation, beta subscribers will receive the beta period and an additional 3 months of service with their 12 month subscription. • You can subscribe to iTunes Match using iTunes 10.5 beta on your Mac. iTunes Match is not available with iTunes for Windows at this time. You cannot subscribe to iTunes Match from your iOS device. • You can access your iCloud library on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch with iOS 5 beta, or your other computers with iTunes 10.5 beta. • Once subscribed, you can add up to 25,000 songs to iCloud, and iTunes purchases do not count against this limit. iTunes Match will not add your apps, books, movies, TV shows, ringtones, and audiobooks to your iCloud library. These items can continue to be synced to your iOS device with iTunes. iTunes LPs and iTunes Extras are also unsupported. • iTunes Match includes limits to how you may access your iCloud library: – You can use iTunes Match on up to 10 computers and iOS devices, up to five of which can be computers authorized with your Apple ID. – You can only associate computers and devices with a different Apple ID once every 90 days. Getting Started Important: Before you get started, it is recommended you make a backup of your complete iTunes library. You can find your iTunes library inside /Music/iTunes in your Home folder. To subscribe to iTunes Match: 1. Install iTunes 10.5 beta 6.1 or later on your Mac. 2. Open iTunes and choose Turn On iTunes Match from the Store menu. 3. Click the Subscribe for $24.99 button and follow the onscreen instructions. Once complete, your Music library will include songs on your computer and in iCloud. Once iTunes has completed matching your music with the iTunes Store, you may begin accessing your iCloud library: • From your iOS device: 1. Tap Settings > Music > turn iTunes Match ON. This will disable syncing music with iTunes. 2. Press the Home button and tap Music. • From your other computers: 1. Install iTunes 10.5 beta on your other Macs 2. Open iTunes and choose Store > Sign In. Sign in using the same Apple ID you used to subscribe to iTunes Match. 3. Choose Store > Turn On iTunes Match 4. Click the Add this Computer button 5. Once complete, your Music library will include songs on your computer and in iCloud. Known Issues • Songs in unsupported formats will not be uploaded to iCloud at this time. • Some songs that are available in the iTunes store may not be matched correctly. • Some songs may match to a different version of the same song on the iTunes Store. • You will not be able to add music to iCloud from more than one computer at a time. • You may experience playback issues on iOS, such as slow performance, incorrect track playing, or songs being shown as unavailable when they are available. • Playback over cellular data connection will occur when Wi-Fi is not available, despite this option being turned off in Settings > Store

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