by Joey L
Apple is scheduled to release iTunes Match near the end of October. ITunes Match is a cloud service that offers iOS5 users to stream music from their iTunes library to their iOS device. Users will be allowed to stream any song from their library; this includes songs that were not acquired from the iTunes Store. ITunes Match works by scanning your music libraries and matching it to Apple’s database of over 20 million songs in the iTunes Store. If the scanned tracks were in the database, those songs would be available for use on any iCloud-enabled device. If the songs are not found in Apple’s database, users may upload their music to Apple’s server, which will then be made available to stream across devices. Users are also allowed to download their songs from the server for offline playback.
iTunes Match seems like a great service to have. Most of the time, people have more songs on their computer than they can fit on their iOS device. With Match, this would eliminate the problem; users can store up to 25,000 songs on the cloud. This is equivalent to 100 gigabytes of memory. Users can also download songs from the cloud onto their computers, iphones, or ipads. This service seems to be a much better deal than getting iCloud, which only offers the first 5GB of storage free. Of course, coming from Apple though, this is not a free service; there is an annual $25 fee. Another downside to this service is that it requires you to be on the internet. If you happen to get no reception from your cellular network or wifi, then you are basically out of luck. There may also be lags between songs and stuttering. It all depends on your network connection.
This relates to our overall topic of the class: databases. Apple is basically sharing their database of songs with millions of users. By doing this, their will be less duplications of songs and will save storage space for many people. All songs are uploaded onto Apple’s server and shared together with everyone as a community. Ultimately, cloud storage will help free up your personal storage space.
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