Microsoft has been known as a company that changes its direction, and more importantly changes the user interfaces and names of their products continuously. Their search website Bing just doesn’t gain much attention, Windows Vista was one of their biggest failures (aside from Microsoft Bob) and now they try to change the way people interact with computers via the new Metro interface. What’s the problem? I’ll explain my view about it.
At the start of 2012 Apple released a new service called iTunes Match. This service which costs $24.99 a year analyzes your music library. If a song is a available in the iTunes Store, it will be available through iCloud for free, using a high-quality 256kbps AAC format. All other songs will be copied to your iCloud account in their original form. The purpose of iTunes Match is making your music available to all devices that are associated to your iTunes Store account, and can therefore be streamed or downloaded to those devices. At the beginning it was only available in the US. But because I live in Europe and don’t have a valid US Credit Card I couldn’t use it until it was released in European countries a month ago. I mostly use my US iTunes account using iTunes Credit coupons, but I had to use my EU account for iTunes Match.