Apple has launched its iTunes March service two weeks after it should have already been launched by the iPod maker.
Apple’s iTunes Match offers a way for people using Apple computers to seamlessly “match” their song collections on their computers with their online storage on Apple’s iCloud.
The process for iTunes Match foregoes the uploading of songs manually from a computer into iCloud as the service scans the user’s computer and when then makes a copy from Apple’s huge repository of songs to the user’s personal space on Apple’s iCloud.
This is as opposed to other cloud services where users need to manually transfer data (in this case, a song file) into his or her own cloud storage.
The iTunes Match service is being made available by Apple for a fixed fee of $25 per year.
For the songs that are not recognized by the service, or is not available on the Apple song collection, they can be automatically uploaded by iTunes Match to iCloud.
No details have been offered by Apple as to why the launch of iTunes Match has been delayed by two weeks.