Most people thought that when Apple introduced its concept of iTunes Match and a digital locker in the iCloud, that meant that users would be able to stream music from their digital locker to their device (iPod, iPhone etc). However, in recent announcements Apple denied this was the case.
On further investigation by various bloggers it seems that its a case of semantics and users will indeed be able to stream to their devices, but not in the way we all perhaps expected. Good news is though that it’s looking as Apple’s way of doing things is actually better!
It seems that any track will in fact be downloaded to a local cache and be available for replay even when the connection the iCloud isn’t available. It will remain available as long as the cache isn’t cleared, which seems to happen whenever the user changes settings (such as to Airplane Mode).
Users will apparently also have the option to download tracks directly by tapping on the iCloud icon associated with each track.
- Full iPhone? New iTunes ‘Match’ Will Stream Your Music Tracks (techland.time.com)
- iTunes Match not really streaming, Apple spokesman says (ipodnn.com)
- Apple releases ‘iTunes Match’ beta cloud music service with streaming feature (digitaltrends.com)
- Apple Releases iTunes Math Developer Beta,Includes Download and Streaming of Music (applism.wordpress.com)
- Beta for iTunes Match Released to Developers (1ntheknow.wordpress.com)
- Apple Launched “iTunes Match Beta” For Developers:Now Store Music Library on iCloud (techieapps.com)
- Apple’s iCloud to Bring iTunes Streaming Music Service (fool.com)
- iTunes’ streaming music finally shows up (news.cnet.com)
- As Apple Preps iTunes Match, Should Other Music Services Be Concerned? (readwriteweb.com)
- iTunes Match beta released to devs, confirms music streaming as a feature (geek.com)