After lots of testing done the developers, Apple has just released iTunes 10.5.1 to the public. The version will not only bring bug fixes but also one of the most awaited service called iTunes Match for both Windows and Mac operating systems.
If you are new to iTunes Match feature, It is basically a part of Apple’s cloud storage service which automatically matches tracks located in your iTunes library and synchronize it with the one is the iTunesonline Store. Once the synchronization is complete all matched tracks will be automatically added to your iCloud library which is accessible from either iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch devices running iOS 5 or Mac systems running OS X Lion operating system.
Apple statement about iTunes Match:
A match made in iCloud.
With iTunes Match, even songs you’ve imported from CDs can be stored in iCloud. And you can play them on any iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, or PC — whenever you want and wherever you are, without syncing. iTunes Match is just $24.99 a year.
Here’s how it works: iTunes determines which songs in your collection are available in the iTunes Store. Any music with a match is automatically added to iCloud for you to listen to anytime, on any device. Since there are more than 20 million songs in the iTunes Store, chances are, your music is already in iCloud. And for the few songs that aren’t, iTunes has to upload only what it can’t match. Which is much faster than starting from scratch. Once your music is in iCloud, you can stream and store it to any of your devices. Even better, all the music iTunes matches plays back from iCloud at 256-Kbps AAC DRM-free quality — even if your original copy was of lower quality.
So if you want to go ahead with the purchase of iTunes Match, first of all you need to download install newly released iTunes 10.5.1 from within the iTunes application and then choose “iTunes Match” option available on the left of the Window and follow on screen instructions.
you download iTunes 10.5.1 now both Windows and Mac from Apple website.