Apple will delete the iTunes libraries of all the iOS users as it is set to launch the new iTunes Match service.
“As we prepare for the launch of iTunes Match, we will be deleting all current iCloud libraries on Saturday, November 12 at 10 AM PST,” Apple said in a notification. Apple has also advised the users to keep a back up of their files regularly and not delete the music downloaded from iTunes from their computers.
Apple was expected to launch the iTunes Match service by October this year but it didn’t happen. The iTunes Match release date has still not been announced, though the deletion of users’ music in their libraries suggests it is going to happen soon enough. The iTunes Match account will cost the users $24.99 (Rs 1,250) per year.
In the iTunes Match service, users would be able to scan and match their music tracks, in simple terms users would get the actual high quality music track in their iTunes account, irrespective of the quality of the track they scanned in the first place.
Users would be able to store any other music, which they have but is not available in the iTunes store, in the cloud and download it later across different devices or even computers.
Users would also be able to download individual tracks on different devices for offline listening as well.