iTunes Match Streaming Service Goes Live for Developers
The next evolution in the history of iTunes will soon begin testing as iTunes Match, a service that will allow you to stream your own music from the Apple cloud, goes into beta.
iTunes Match will automatically detect the songs you have on your hard drive or iPod and let you stream those songs directly from the iTunes servers . If the song isn't available on iTunes, Apple will let you upload the song and stream it as well.
Windows users will be out of luck, it seems. iTunes Match is only designed to work on Macs (up to five computers per account) and iOS devices such as the iPhone and iPad.
For now, iTunes Match will only be available to registered iOS developers, but it will be publicly available later, most likely along with the launch of iOS 5. Developers can sign up for $24.99 per year, and those who sign up soon will also get an extra three months of streaming for free.