As you know, Apple did not make its October 31st deadline for the anticipated iTunes Match program, however, it seems the wait is almost over. Apple released the following information to its developers Friday (11/11/11):
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.
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Even though there has been no official announcement concerning a launch date, it would seem that the date is getting close. For a small yearly fee, the iTunes Match program will sync all of the music on your iOS devices to the iCloud, even the music that was not purchased from the iTunes store. What makes Apple’s system unique from the other cloud music services is that iTunes will try to match your music with that in their database and will only upload the music that it can not match. iFans have been anxiously awaiting this new service since it was announced several months ago. It looks like their wait is almost over.