Today on this fine Friday Apple has blessed all of us developers with iTunes 10.5 beta 8 which will allow all of us developers to use iTunes Match the service that allows your imported mp3’s to iCloud and downloads them on all devices. Also Apple has released iWork for iOS beta 3 allowing you to take control of automatically uploading documents to iCloud and accessing them on iCloud.com or vise versa. Release notes after the break!
If you use the FaceBook for iPhone app a lot like me you will want to stay away from the new update for the FaceBook for iPhone app. Now you see Facebook for iPhone has a reputation for being one of the buggiest apps in the app store… This update takes it to a new level. You see they say bug fixes but it adds so many more the app can actually crash your phone. I haven’t been able to use it for more than a few seconds before it either freezes or crashes. Now if you are lucky you might be able to downgrade to the old USABLE version. It might be buggy but at least it works and to find out how to do this follow me after the break!
It seems today Apple has released iTunes match. iTunes match is what will take your entire music library and store it on iCloud instead of just your iTunes store bought items. iTunes match is free for developer testing and developers will get a three month extended trial membership if they purchase the service for $24.99 when it is released. Release notes:
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.
This is a great way for Apple to compete with amazon and google for their music locker services.
[Apple Developer Portal]
It seems Apple letting us stream TV shows and download them again is just the beginning. It is said that Apple will now let us stream and maybe even download Movies again for no charge. Now there is a downside to this though. You may be only able to download the movies 5 times for some content anyways.
In a nutshell, iTunes Replay is an extension to what Apple is already doing with iCloud and free re-downloads of previously purchased content. As Apple secures the remaining rights, TV Shows as well as Movies in iTunes will be given little arrow indicating whether they’re “iTunes Replay eligible”, that is, available to be downloaded subsequent times. Note that some content will unfortunately only be available to download five times and we don’t know how streaming will count towards that limit.
I think this would be a good feature to have with iCloud. It would be very helpful.
This update adds support for Mac OS X Lion and takes advantage of the following features: Full Screen, Resume, Auto Save, Versions,
Also iTunes 10.4 has been posted. iTunes 10.4 adds fullscreen support in Lion and 64 bit support. You can download iTunes 10.4 from apple.com/itunes/download/ don’t worry if it says 10.3 it’s 10.4.