Last week, the rumors of Apple’s iCloud service were confirmed when it was announced Steve Jobs would reveal the details of the service at this week’s WWDC. That keynote speech was given on Monday, and the official details for iCloud are now up on Apple’s website. Among the key features is the ability to automatically back up your photos, emails, and contacts to the service, as well as any apps or songs you’ve purchased.
Another feature of the service is called iTunes Match. It allows you to sync all of your iTunes music purchases between your iOS devices, so when you buy that new Glee song on your iPad, it shows up automatically on your iPhone. Match also allows you access to any songs in your library that were not purchased using iTunes, as long as it can be matched with one of the over 18 million songs on the Apple music servers. In addition, the songs matched will play at 256kbps, regardless of the original quality of your track. All this convenience, however, comes at a price, as iTunes Match has a yearly subscription fee of $24.99 to match up to 5,000 songs and an additional $24.99 for up to 20,000 matches. But don’t despair quite yet, registering for the backup service is free, with the first 5GB of storage included at no extra cost.