iTunes Match, the service that allows iTunes users to store their music on Apple’s servers, will see its song limit expanded from 25,000 to 100,000 songs when iOS 9 arrives later this year, according to tweets sent out Eddy Cue, the company’s senior vice president of Internet software and services.
During the same string of tweets, Cue also revealed that Apple Music, the company’s long awaited streaming service that’s launching tomorrow, will launch with an iTunes Match-like feature. That is, Apple Music users will be able to plug up any holes in Apple’s streaming catalogue by adding their own music. At launch, users will only be able to add 25,000 songs, but like with iTunes Match, that limit will be expanded to 100,000 songs once iOS 9 comes out later this year.
Launched in 2011, iTunes Match is a paid service that allows users to put their existing collection of ripped CDs up on the cloud. Rather than uploading each song to the cloud, the service scans a person’s library and grants them access to the matching versions that are available on Apple’s own servers.
For the user, this means that they won’t have to pay an additional $27.99 CAD a year to add their own music to Apple Music.