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Apple releases iTunes 10.5.1, formally launches iTunes Match

updated 12:50 pm EST, Mon November 14, 2011

Delayed service gets underway

(Updated with single security fix) Apple has officially released iTunes 10.5.1, an upgrade of the company's jukebox software. The update's only stated purpose is support for iTunes Match, a $25 annual subscription service which lets users keep an iTunes music library mirrored on Apple servers. Only tracks not already on the iTunes Store must be uploaded, and once synced, tracks are accessible from any Mac, Windows PC, or iOS device, including the Apple TV.

iTunes Match was originally scheduled to launch by the end of October, but ended up delayed for reasons unknown. A third iTunes 10.5.1 beta was in fact released just this Saturday, suggesting a last-minute crunch to prepare Match for a deadline. During the course of testing, third-party developers' Match libraries were wiped several times.

Update: An Apple note shows the addition of a single security fix in v10.5.1. In particular it prevents a man-in-the-middle exploit related to automatic update checks; the issue is said to have been most serious with Windows PCs, since a computer without Apple Software Update installed might open a given URL in a web browser. Both Mac and Windows systems should now handle checks more securely.

by MacNN Staff



  1. pam_velazquez

    Joined: Dec 1969


    comment title

    I'm someone who could really benefit from having my music on an Apple server, but are there any other (better) products that could do the same thing?


  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969



    It depends on whether you have older iTunes music or not. Since Fairplay is a closed encryption system, no one can play any of your iTMS music except Apple.

    If you're music is all unprotected, then there are some solutions, both online and, even better, using your own computer as the source.

  1. daqman

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Turned on iTunes Match on the newly downloaded iTunes. Turned on iTunes Match on my iPhone 4. Now the Music App is starting to show DUPLICATE copies of tracks. One copy has a little cloud with a downward pointing arrow next to it and the other doesn't . When I play any of the albums both copies play so every track is playing twice. FUBAR!

  1. pottymouth

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I'd only paid enough attention to get excited. Didn't realize they were going to block people with large-ish libraries.


  1. ph0ust

    Joined: Dec 1969


    software agnostic option is coming

    @pam_velazquez, we're building an option for using your own computer(s) as the source, much as @testudo mentions. we'll open up for beta testing around the end of the year, which you can register for if you want. it will be a lot like icloud, except work for all your files, and any software you use, and any device type you have, and there's no storage limit, and you don't have to do anything to make it work. oh yea, it will be free.

    if interested, sign up at

    we're starting to look for technical beta testers if anyone is interested. you can reach me directly via twitter (@erikcaso) if you want to do any technical beta testing.

  1. notagain

    Joined: Dec 1969



    i just works and it's free :)

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