With $24.99 per year, consumers can add music which was not acquired from iTunes like songs imported from a CD or downloaded from other sources to her iCloud music collection.
Music can then be played on any iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Mac or PC whenever they want and wherever they are, without syncing.
iTunes will make their minds which songs in their collection are available in the iTunes Store. Particularly, music with a match is automatically added to iCloud on any tablets. If there are more than 20 million songs in the iTunes Store, your music is already in iCloud. When consumers’ music is in iCloud, they can stream and store it to any of their tablets. In addition, all the music iTunes matches plays back from iCloud at 256-Kbps AAC DRM-free quality even if their original copy was of lower quality.
Matching a user’s iTunes library in the cloud takes just minutes. On the contrary, Google’s Music Beta and Amazon’s Cloud Player services ask consumers to upload song files to “cloud lockers” themselves and provide no matching selections.
If iTunes Match users allow their subscriptions run out and don’t pay to re-up, their iCloud libraries would revert to the songs they’ve purchased from iTunes.