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Apple executive Eddy Cue has revealed on Twitter that the company's cloud music service, iTunes Match, will soon allow users to upload up to 100,000 songs, a significant increase on the current limit of 25,000 songs. The song upload limit will be raised when Apple launches iOS 9 later this year.
Cue also confirmed that iTunes Match functionality will be integrated into Apple Music. iTunes Match currently costs $24.99 per year, but anyone who forks out $9.99 per month for Apple Music will also be able to upload up to 100,000 songs to the cloud as well by the time iOS 9 launches.
Apple Music will allow users to match and upload their personal collection of digital songs to the cloud so that they can be streamed from any device, just like iTunes Match. This gives users the ability to stream songs from their collection that aren't otherwise available in the Apple Music library; a feature that can be very handy considering not every song will be available on the service.
One of Apple Music's main competitors, Google Play Music, has allowed users to upload songs to the cloud for streaming since its launch. While Play Music limits users to 50,000 song uploads, Google doesn't charge a fee for this functionality, making Apple's standalone iTunes Match service for $24.99 annually an essentially irrelevant product.
However, with iTunes Match integrated into Apple Music, the company has a strong music streaming product that competes well with its rivals from both a feature and pricing perspective. Apple Music launches on June 30th.