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Apple has released a minor update for its iTunes music player / store, which brings a few welcome bug fixes, specifically for iTunes Match.

iTunes 10.5.2

The new iTunes carries a version number of 10.5.2 on it. The update is not a significant one; it just squashes a few bugs which users might be facing regarding iTunes Match and playback of audio files which has been imported from CD’s.

Here is the official changelog:

What’s new in iTunes 10.5.2

iTunes 10.5.2 includes several improvements for iTunes Match and fixes an audio distortion problem when playing or importing certain CDs.

iTunes 10.5.1 also included:

  • iTunes Match. Store your entire music library in iCloud, including music you’ve imported from CDs, and enjoy your collection anywhere, anytime, on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, computer, or Apple TV.
  • iTunes in the Cloud. iTunes now stores your music and TV purchases in iCloud and makes them available on your devices anywhere, any time, at no additional cost.
  • Automatic Downloads. Purchase music from any device or computer and automatically download a copy to your Mac and iOS devices.
  • Download Previous Purchases. Download your past music, TV, app, and book purchases again, at no additional cost. Previous purchases may be unavailable if they are no longer on the iTunes Store.
  • Sync with your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with iOS 5.
  • Wi-Fi Syncing. Automatically sync your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with iTunes any time they’re both on the same Wi-Fi network.

iTunes has seen quite a few updates since the introduction of iOS 5 back in October. With the introduction of iCloud and subsequently iTunes Match, it’s fair to say that the Cupertino company has had a lot on its plate with regards to getting everything to work seamlessly. iTunes 10.5.1 finally saw Match join the party, a service which allows paying iDevice users to access the 224kbps AAC version of any given song – from anywhere. Not only does this save space, but it allows a decent quality audio file to be enjoyed from wherever.

It’s hard to currently gauge whether iTunes Match will take off as well as Apple would hope. Despite the iTunes Store having been an unprecedented success, the web-based ventures have always fallen somewhat short of the mark. Still, for a flat annual fee of $24.99, it’s not as though the price is particularly high, and when you consider Spotify, the foremost music rental service, costs more than quadruple that for a year of tunes, you’d have to presume iTunes Match does indeed have a fighting chance of making an impact amongst consumers.

How many iTunes Match users do we have amongst our readers here at Redmond Pie? Feel free to leave your thoughts and opinions on the service via the usual mediums.

You can download iTunes 10.5.2 for Windows and Mac from Apple.com by following this link, or the old-fashioned route of opening up the Software Update app and hitting the update button.

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