Apple has again sent an email to developers of iOS and Mac Developer program informing them that their iTunes Match libraries will be deleted today, November 12th.
Apple has stated that it is deleting iCloud libraries to prepare for the launch of the iTunes match service.
Apple has sent the following email to developers:
As we prepare for the launch of iTunes Match, we will be deleting all current iCloud libraries on Saturday, November 12th at 10 AM PST.
Please turn off iTunes Match on all of your computers and iOS devices. On your computer, choose Store > Turn off iTunes Match. On your iOS device, tap Settings > Music, then turn off iTunes Match. On your Apple TV, please choose Music > Turn off iTunes Match.
The songs on your computer should not be affected. As always, please backup regularly and do not delete the music you add to iCloud from your computer.
Apple was initially expected to launch iTunes Match service along with the launch of iCloud and iOS 5 that were released two weeks back and had in fact sent a similar email to developers towards the end of September and October, but then pushed it to “end of October”. Last week, Apple had quietly enabled the iTunes Match toggle in the Settings app.
iTunes Match is a new service that Apple had unveiled along with iOS 5 and iCloud at the WWDC 2011 Keynote address in June. It allows users to store their entire music collection (up to 25,000 songs), including songs that they’ve ripped from CDs or purchased from anywhere else in iCloud.
Here’s how it works:
iTunes determines which songs in your collection are available in the iTunes Store. Any music with a match is automatically added to your iCloud library for you to listen to anytime, on any device. Since there are more than 18 million songs in the iTunes Store, most of your music is probably already in iCloud. All you have to upload is what iTunes can’t match. Which is much faster than starting from scratch. And all the music iTunes matches plays back at 256-Kbps iTunes Plus quality — even if your original copy was of lower quality.
iTunes Match costs $24.99 per year. iTunes Match will initially available only in the U.S. and expected to be available in other countries sometime later.
Are you waiting to iTunes Match service? Let us know in the comments.