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iTunes Match misses target, iTunes 10.5.1 beta expires

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.




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  1. SockRolid

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +7

    Better late than crappy

    Reminds me of a software scheduling rule:

    If you're late, people will complain.
    If you ship a crappy product "on time," people will hate you.

    Something Google needs to learn.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -2

    huh?

    The situation may be particularly serious for developers who ignored Apple recommendations and installed the software on a primary system rather than a testbed.

    How could that be 'serious'? What does iTunes match do to your music library that can cause a particularly serious problem?

    Then again, why is Apple having developers test iTunes Match?

  1. DaJoNel

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Come on, Tim

    Steve would have been all over this, pushing people to be better. Apple is not what it is today by having developers miss deadlines and product betas expire. I'm sorry, this is inexcusable. #notthesameapple

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