Nov. 14, 2011 at 12:57 PM ET
We've been twiddling our thumbs and waiting for Apple to launch iTunes Match — its cloud-based music service — for quite some time. But if the Apple website is any indication, then the wait might finally be over.
As Federico Viticci of MacStories first noticed, the iTunes section of the Apple website has been changed to proclaim that iTunes Match is "available now." (Up until this point, the service has been in beta and only available to Apple developers.)
The website change coincides with iTunes 10.5.1 — the latest version of Apple's multimedia application — becoming available. Oddly enough, iTunes Match feature is still carrying the "beta" label in a splash screen that shows up during installation. Perhaps, like Siri, it will launch to the public without being officially released.
You can get iTunes 10.5 via the iTunes Update feature, though it might not be available yet. If you're in a rush to grab the update, check Apple's website — it tends to be a while before the iTunes Update feature actually proclaims that a new software version is available.
Keep in mind that we're going to keep an eye on this news and check out iTunes Match as soon as it is officially publicly available. Keep your eyes open for a nifty video walkthrough courtesy of our own Wilson Rothman when that happens.
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