Apple has just released the new version of iTunes. The new software, iTunes 10.5, will be needed to be installed by iOS device owners who will begin updating their devices tomorrow with the latest version of the operating system, iOS 5.
Developers may immediately notice what is missing in iTunes 10.5 when compared to their beta versions: iTunes Match, the new $24.99 service that allows users to match their own music collections to Apple's cloud-based tracks for playing anywhere. Apple is no doubt not launching the service this week to avoid the inevitable rush of new users and bandwidth issues that would come with the launch of this service at the same time users are downloading the new iOS, as well as new iTunes software. The service is rumored to be launched later in the month.
Previously developers had been warned that their content, uploaded during beta, would be scrubbed from the new cloud services before the service goes live for consumers.