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iTunes Match rolls out in UK – how to set it up

Back when Apple first announced their new iCloud service and iOS 5, one of the key features was iTunes Match, a service that allows you to store “all” your music in the cloud and access it across any Apple device (there is a limit to devices). At first it was announced as a U.S service only, but now it has rolled out in the UK as well.

iTunes Match goes live in UK

What iTunes Match does is scan your iTunes music library for songs, and if it finds a match it will automatically make that song available through the cloud, and if needed upgrade the song to 256kbps in AAC. You can store and upgrade up to 25,000 matched songs and share them across a maximum of 10 devices. All songs in the cloud will be associated with your iTunes account. The service is not free however, and comes with a £21.99 annual charge.

Whether your songs are ripped from a CD, bought through iTunes Store, or downloaded illegally, Apple will not ask any questions about the source of the song, and as long as they can identify the song they will give you access to a ‘legal’ version through the iTunes Match service. Consider it like laundering your song library.

So how do i get access to iTunes Match? All you have to do is open up iTunes on your computer/mac (make sure you have one of the latest versions of iTunes) and you should find a link to iTunes Match in the left hand menu, just below your iTunes Store link.

iTunes Match service on iTunes

Click on it and it will take you to the iTunes Match sign-up page. Once signed up you are ready to start using the service.

iTunes Match sign up screen

Once you have registered through iTunes on your computer/mac, you can go into Settings -> Music on your iOS device and activate iTunes Match, ensuring that you get access to any song you have matched in the cloud on any of your Apple devices.

setting up iTunes Match on iOS device

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