updated 12:40 pm EDT, Tue November 1, 2011
Apple still 'close' to iTunes Match rollout
Apple has missed its official target for the launch of iTunes Match, and let current testing of it expire, notes MacRumors. At its October 4th iPhone event the company promised to have iTunes Match ready by the "end of October" in the US. Support was in fact present in developer builds of iTunes 10.5, but pulled in time for the software's public release.
iTunes Match testing resumed with the iTunes 10.5.1 beta, but that software has now expired, effectively freezing any further developer experimentation. The situation may be particularly serious for developers who ignored Apple recommendations and installed the software on a primary system rather than a testbed. iTunes Match test libraries have also been periodically wiped during the testing phase, most recently on Thursday.
Sources for MacRumors claim that Apple is actually close to launching Match, to the extent of briefing retail workers on it in preparation. No specific timeline is mentioned, however. It is also unknown if Apple will post an updated beta to complete a final round of testing.