When Apple releases a pre-release version of an iOS build, it usually comes with an accompanying iTunes software in order to ensure compatibility and contents can be synced between devices and the program itself. The Cupertino company just released the first ever incremental update for its most advanced mobile operating system yet, dubbed iOS 5.0.1. And as expected, it is followed by another beta of iTunes 10.5.1. Developers can now download iTunes 10.5.1 Beta 2 for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
One of the main features that Apple has been pushing lately is their new cloud-based service, iCloud. And one of the most notable component of iCloud is iTunes Match, a service that enables a user to match songs from his current library to the one that's found from the iTunes Store. What's stored on your iCloud library can now be synced between your iDevices running iOS 5 and even your Macs. Another neat feature of iTunes Match is that if you have an old mp3 file with lower quality in your library and it happens to have a match in iTunes, you will have the option to convert it into a 256kbps AAC DRM-free music file. But the service is not free, as you will need to pay an annual fee of $24.99 in order to access iTunes Match.
iTunes Match is mainly the focus of iTunes 10.5.1 beta 2 as it brings compatibility not only between different iOS devices but now also for 2nd generation Apple TV as well.
iTunes 10.5.1 beta 2 is now available and includes a number of important stability and performance improvements. iTunes Match is also now available for testing on Apple TV.
iTunes Match stores your music library in iCloud and allows you to enjoy your collection from anywhere, any time, on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, computer and now your Apple TV.
On your Apple TV, choose Music > Turn on iTunes Match.
Please remember to backup regularly and do not delete the music you add to iCloud from your computer.
As with all iOS and other software pre-release versions, iTunes 10.5.1 Beta 2 is only available to those who have enrolled an account over at Apple's iOS Dev Center. In case you are interested for a developer's account, just head over to the iOS Dev Center and pay the annual fee of $99, and that's it. You've got your account and all the perks the goes with it such as access to pre-release firmware and software, developing tools and documentations and many more.
iOS 5.0.1 and iTunes 10.5.1 beta 2 is expected to be released publicly in a few weeks. So be sure to stay tuned with us when that happens.Contact Us for News Tips, Corrections and Feedback