iTunes Match Beta Available for Developers

With the imminent launch of iOS 5 for the iPhone and the iPad, Apple is moving forward with its new music offering for iTunes, Match.

iTunes Match stores your entire music library in iCloud (another new service from Apple debuting this fall). When you store your music in iCloud you can access it from anywhere so long as you have an Internet connection.

Here’s a copy of the email, thanks to Mike for the tip!

Itunes match beta now available

The email reads as follows:

iTunes Match stores your complete music library in iCloud, allowing you to enjoy your collection anywhere, anytime, on any iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or computer.

iTunes Match beta is currently available to developers in the United States. Beta subscribers will receive iTunes Match service during the beta period plus an additional 3 months for free with their 12 month paid subscription.

To get started with iTunes Match, download the current version of iOS 5 beta and iTunes 10.5 beta 6.1 with iTunes Match. Once installed, choose Turn On iTunes Match from the Store menu, and click “Subscribe for $24.99.”

Please note that you must maintain a local backup of your iTunes library as well as any music you add to iCloud. Apple will periodically reset your iCloud library during the beta and it is critical that you backup your music regularly. Some features and optimizations of iTunes Match will not be available during the beta.

So if you are a developer head over to and download the new iTunes version and the latest version of iOS.