updated 03:40 am EST, Sat February 4, 2012
iTunes Match on computers faces odd glitch
iTunes Match subscribers late Friday reported a problem with iTunes Match playback failing. Anyone on a desktop, whether Mac or Windows, couldn't play cloud-stored songs unless they were already matched with the iTunes Store. The problems didn't appear to be limited to particular app or OS revisions, and iOS users could still access the service.
Apple didn't immediately respond with an explanation for the problem.
Some very early reports from users in Apple's support forums mention that the service might have returned. One ad hoc solution was to recreate the library file, although this is strongly discouraged since it could risk losing much of the metadata, like ratings, as well as force a recreation of the local song collection.
iTunes Match has largely worked smoothly since launch. The new incident nonetheless exposes possible issues as iTunes Match reaches other countries and as the listener base swells. [via The Verge]