iTunes Match appears on Apple TVs, service still MIA

Apple’s iTunes Match cloud-music feature appears to be inching closer to release.

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Apple's iTunes Match cloud-music feature is apparently inching closer to release: An option to enable the feature has appeared on the second-generation Apple TV. Apple missed its goal of launching iTunes Match by the end of October.

Reports of iTunes Match showing up on the Apple TV began surfacing online on Wednesday evening, including from Macworld's executive editor Jon Seff, The Loops Jim Dalrymple, and Macworld contributor Jeffrey Battersby.

I tested on my own Apple TV and, sure enough, the option to Turn on iTunes Match showed up under a top-level Music menuthough I first had to navigate into Settings -> General and then back to the main menu before it appeared. For me, trying to enable iTunes Match yielded an error, saying that there was a problem trying to connect to iCloud. Only Apple TVs running version 4.4.2 of their software support the feature.

A similar option to enable iTunes Match has already appeared on iOS devices, under Settings -> Music, but attempting to enable it there results in an error saying that users must subscribe to the service on a computer. According to Apple, iTunes 10.5.1 is required for subscribing to iTunes Match, but the company has yet to make the update publicly available.

Apple did not respond to Macworlds request for comment.

This story, "iTunes Match appears on Apple TVs, service still MIA" was originally published by MacCentral.

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