Apple has just seeded a new developer beta of iTunes 10.5 to paid iOS developers, just days ahead of their iPhone 5 media event where the company is expected to announce the public launch of iCloud, iTunes Match and iOS 5.
The release comes three weeks after the previous beta, and is a required update for all developers testing Apple’s upcoming iTunes Match service. Apple still notes several issues with the beta, however:
– “Scan and match” feature is not yet complete. Some users’ tracks may not be recognized by iTunes Match even if the tracks are available in the iTunes Store, and those tracks will be uploaded to the users’ iCloud storage. Some tracks may also be mis-matched to a different version of the same song on the iTunes Store.
– Music can only be added to iCloud from one computer at a time.
– Updating an iOS device to iOS 5 beta 7 may result in music failing to play. Users should turn off iTunes Match in settings and then turn it back on to restore functionality.
As before, Apple warns developers to ensure that they keep local copies of their iTunes music libraries, as Apple will be deleting iCloud music libraries at the end of the iTunes Match beta.
New developer betas of iOS 5 have yet to be released.