Happy Friday, developers! Apple has seeded iTunes 10.5 beta 8 and iWork beta 3 for iOS in the Developer Center.
The update fixes several performance bugs and adds updates to iTunes Match.
Apple is nearing the public launch of its iCloud service for customer’s this Fall, and these latest betas continue to move forward with iCloud integration.
iTunes 10.5 beta 8 brings with it the ability to back up to iCloud from inside iTunes itself. Apple also encourages developers to sign up for the $24.99/year iTunes Match service in the iTunes Store.
“iTunes 10.5 beta 8 includes several performance enhancements and bug fixes, and is a required
update for all subscribers to iTunes Match beta.
Your iCloud libraries will be deleted at the end of this beta.
Backup regularly and do not delete the music you add to iCloud from your computer. Apple
may periodically delete all iCloud libraries during the beta period. This will require you to scan,
match, and upload songs again. Also note that some of the features and optimizations of
iTunes Match may not be available during this beta.
iTunes Match beta is available to iOS developers in the United States.
• iTunes Match beta is available as an automatically renewing subscription for $24.99 per
year. You may cancel at any time from your Account settings.
• You can subscribe to iTunes Match using iTunes 10.5 beta 8 on your Mac. iTunes Match is
not available with iTunes for Windows at this time. You cannot subscribe to iTunes
Match from your iOS device.
• You can access your iCloud library on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch with iOS 5 beta, or
your other computers with iTunes 10.5 beta 8.
• Once subscribed, you can add up to 25,000 songs to iCloud, and iTunes purchases do
not count against this limit. iTunes Match will not add your apps, books, movies, TV
shows, ringtones, and audiobooks to your iCloud library. These items can continue to be
synced to your iOS device with iTunes. iTunes LPs and iTunes Extras are also
• iTunes Match includes limits to how you may access your iCloud library:
– You can use iTunes Match on up to 10 computers and iOS devices, up to five of
which can be computers authorized with your Apple ID.
– You can only associate computers and devices with a different Apple ID once every
To subscribe to iTunes Match:
1. Install iTunes 10.5 beta 8 on your Mac
2. Open iTunes and choose Turn On iTunes Match from the Store menu
3. Click the Subscribe for $24.99 button and follow the onscreen instructions. Once
complete, your Music library will include songs on your computer and in iCloud.
Once iTunes has completed matching your music with the iTunes Store, you may begin
accessing your iCloud library:
• From your iOS device:
1. Tap Settings > Music > turn iTunes Match ON.
This will disable syncing music with iTunes.
2. Press the Home button and tap Music.
• From your other computers:
1. Install iTunes 10.5 beta 8 on your other Macs
2. Open iTunes and choose Store > Sign In. Sign in using the same Apple ID you used
to subscribe to iTunes Match.
3. Choose Store > Turn On iTunes Match
4. Click the Add This Computer button
5. Once complete, your Music library will include songs on your computer and in
• Songs in unsupported formats will not be uploaded to iCloud at this time.
• The scan & match feature is not yet complete.
– Some songs may not match (even if they is available in the iTunes Store) and will be
uploaded to iCloud.
– Other songs may match to a different version of the same song on the iTunes Store.
• You can only add music to iCloud from more than one computer at a time.
• After updating to iOS 5 beta 7, your music may fail to play. If this happens, turn off
iTunes Match in Settings > Music, then turn it back on.”