Apple still testing, teasing with iTunes Match

Apple missed a self-imposed deadline for launching iTunes Match, but the company apparently is inching closer to a release.

The beta of iTunes 10.5.1 was updated yesterday, and Apple wrote: "iTunes Match is also now available for testing on Apple TV." While this means that only developers are getting a chance to take Match out for a spin, the Match option was also appearing for some regular users--although they're unable to access the feature.

MacRumors was first to report this story.

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October ends with no iTunes Match

Apple has missed the deadline it laid out last month to bring its iTunes Match service to users.

iTunes Match is the service that scans a user's library to find music that they may have ripped from a CD but did not purchase from Apple, then cross-references it with Apple's own library. When it finds a match, it provides a user with a license of the track at the same quality they'd find if they bought it off iTunes, as long as they're a paid subscriber to the matching service.

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What we still don't know about iCloud

After months of curiosity, Apple's iCloud service will finally be active on October 12, mere days away. While there's a lot we already know about Apple's device-wide set of cloud services, it's becoming clear that the concept is still a mystery for most people--and even, to some extent, for us. Yes, iCloud's still a little cloudy.

We know about document-editing, iTunes Match, photo streams, and cloud syncing of settings and app data, but here's what still confuses us as we approach the day where we'll be figuring it all out for ourselves.

You can redownload iTunes music...but can you erase it? The beta functionality that currently works in iTunes allows downloading previously purchased music: check. However, there's no way to manually delete tunes once downloaded to make room for other files. How can this be? Will iOS 5 fix this? It seems so, but perhaps only by deleting a song at a time. Can music be deleted at a faster clip? Right now videos/podcasts/apps/photos can be deleted, but not music.… Read more

Apple 'working hard' to bring iCloud worldwide

Apple managers today confirmed that the company is working hard to bring the iCloud and iTunes Match to other countries.

Eddy Cue, Apple's senior vice president of Internet software and services, told attendees at Apple's press event that iCloud will be rolled out in the United States on October 12, while Match will be available at the end of the month and cost $24.99 per year. Cue said he hopes to have it in other countries by the end of the year.

CNET reported last week that Apple is in negotiations with the major record labels and … Read more

Buzz Out Loud 1542: The spin on the HP spin-off (Podcast)

The cast of Buzz Out Loud has a message for HP that we hope they'll hear: guys. Seriously. Please stop talking. Don't tell the press you may or may not spin off your PC unit if you can figure out what that would mean for the company, and don't let the EVP of the PC business say HP might get back into tablets. I mean, how hard is that, really? Plus, Wikileaks springs a major leak, and Beyonce's baby pwns Twitter.

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Windows 8 Explorer gets the ribbon

Subscribers have just a couple days before Netflix forces them into higher priced plans, iTunes Match gets released to developers, and Windows 8's Explorer window gets the ribbon from Office.

Links from Tuesday's episode of Loaded:

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Apple temporarily closes iTunes Match sign-ups

Less than a day after opening up its iTunes Match service for developers to test, Apple has hit the brakes, keeping new developers from signing up to use the service.

In the new beta version of iTunes that contains the feature, Apple has replaced the sign-up tools with a note saying "iTunes Match beta testing has begun with an initial set of developers," and that "over the next days, we will continue to expand our testing. Please check back later to subscribe."

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iTunes' streaming music still a no-show

Turns out what appeared to be an iTunes streaming music service is really two functions--downloading and listening--occurring at the same time.

On Monday night, Apple developers thought they had found a streaming-music feature when Apple launched the iTunes Match developer beta earlier in the day.

But AllThingsD called Apple and was told: "Any music you want to access from your cloud-based 'locker' will still need to be stored on your iPad, or iPhone, or whatever device you're using to listen to the song."

We've reached out to Apple for further information but this is what we … Read more

Apple gives devs early access to iTunes Match

Apple has started giving developers a chance to kick the tires on its upcoming iTunes Match service.

As noted by 9to5mac this afternoon, Apple is giving developers a chance to try out iTunes Match on their own music libraries ahead of the release this fall.

iTunes Match is the service that scans a user's library to find music that they may have ripped from a CD, but did not purchase from Apple, and cross-references it with Apple's own library. If it finds a match, it provides a user with a license of the full-quality track, as long as … Read more

Woman settles in sexual assault lawsuit

A woman who sued claiming she was sexually assaulted on a date has settled her lawsuit after seeing proof that the site now screens its members for sexual predators, according to the Associated Press.

Carole Markin had sued the online dating site in April following the reported assault after learning that her date had previously been convicted of sexual battery. Rather than seeking financial damages, Markin's lawsuit asked that start reviewing its membership for signs of sexual predators.

Shortly after the suit was filed, the dating service announced a new policy whereby it would check its members against a national sex offenders registry. … Read more