As promised by Eddy Cue earlier in the year, Apple has now raised the limits on iTunes Match and Apple Music library for matched songs from 25,000 to 100,000 songs.
Cue had previously announced on Twitter that Apple was aiming for 100k for iOS 9 and just in time for the holidays, that promise has been fulfilled. This means users with larger music libraries can now enjoy the benefits of matching songs in the iTunes Cloud to make them available on all their devices. Matching songs gives another option for people who cannot afford the more expensive 64 GB and 128 GB iPhone models by offloading local music storage to the cloud.
It is not unusual for home music collections to surpass 25,000 songs so the initial limits were unfeasible for many users. Most, but admittedly not all, libraries should fall in the 100k quota however. iCloud Music Library access is available through either Apple Music or iTunes Match. Both services offer the same match/upload music locker feature, with Apple Music building on top of that a full streaming subscription service for $9.99 a month.
Apple is bolstering its Apple Music service significantly in the last few months of the year. It rolled out Apple Music for Android in November and has announced support for Sonos home speaker systems beginning December 15th. The full rollout for Apple Music + Sonos will launch in 2016.
Thanks Stephanie for the heads up.
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