If you have been paying attention to the news surrounding the tech industry, you will know that it has been an extremely busy month for the Cupertino company. Aside from launching its latest smartphone hit, the iPhone 4S, Apple also launched its most advanced mobile operating system, the iOS 5. In light with the release of the latest firmware update iOS 5.0.1 last week, Apple just rolled out the final version of iTunes 10.5.1.
After three pre-release versions (beta 3 was released only yesterday to developers), Apple finally rolled out iTunes 10.5.1. This version of iTunes is mainly for accommodating Apple's new service, iTunes Match. Over the course of three beta versions, Apple has been updating and improving iTunes Match in order to prepare it for general release. There is nothing much to expect in terms of new features and changes because most of the updates were geared towards improving the performance and stability of iTunes Match.
For the uninitiated, iTunes Match is Apple's latest venture into web based services. We all know that web based services isn't exactly Apple's strongest suit with utter failures such as MobileMe on their belt. So will they be able to redeem themselves with services like iTunes Match? iTunes Match is tied with the fruit company's new cloud based storage service called iCloud. Basically, iTunes Match lets you store your entire iTunes library in the cloud which will let you sync with multiple iOS 5 devices (and Macs) on the fly. And if your old music file has a "match" at the iTunes Store, you will have the option to convert it into a much higher quality DRM-free AAC file. Although you will need to pay an annual fee of $24.99 in order to access iTunes Match.
iTunes Match is currently still on its beta phase so access to the service is only limited to users from the U.S. and for those who are running Macs only. So if you happen to be meet all the necessary requirements, you can go ahead and give iTunes Match a spin.