iTunes Match Question
Question about iTunes Match...
I have about 10,000 songs in my iTunes. Most were burned from CD's I purchased, maybe 100 were purchased from iTunes, and some were downloaded elsewhere. With iTunes Match, which I plan on purchasing, I know all of my songs get upgraded to 256kbs in AAC format. Question is...
If I lose my iPhone/iPod does that mean all of my (matching) songs will be available to sync up to a new/replacement device? Or only songs that were purchased through iTunes?
I'm always paranoid about something happening to my digital music collection. Just curious if this will pretty much remove the possibility I'd lose everything.
- 06-26-2011, 01:53 PM #2
Ok, so just to make sure I'm completely clear, let's say by some freak accident I lost my computer and iPod (maybe a fire), all of the matched songs would be available to download to a new device, even if they weren't purchased through iTunes.
I think that's the way it works, just want to be sure.
- 06-26-2011, 07:01 PM #4
- 06-26-2011, 10:53 PM #5
Ok, thanks for the info! I do have some obscure stuff that would be lost but I do backup iTunes to DVD also so that would hopefully cover that. Just worried about the bulk of it and it sounds like this would offer an added layer of protection.
- 06-27-2011, 08:38 AM #7
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- 07-06-2011, 02:50 PM #15
I don't think they sold out cheaply if you consider that 1 million people, a drop in the bucket, equals 25 million dollars they wouldn't have had otherwise as people happily listened to the songs they have been listening to for years. The next thing is that you must realize that the Match service is a subscription so as soon as you stop paying that $25 a year poof goes those high quality versions. They are not giving you the high quality version as far as I understand it but basically renting it to you. So it's not that cheap anymore if you consider that since you are basically paying for something that you never will own.
- 07-08-2011, 08:33 AM #16
I am excited about this service and I am for sure subscribing. However, I still have a few questions about this. I like the fact that all my music will be upgraded to 256kbps because there is some of my music that needs that upgrade because I hate when I listen to my music and because of the lower quality it gets quieter then gets louder when a higher quality comes on. Anyway, my question is how will I have this good quality music on my computer once it is matched? Would I need to delete my music library off my computer and re-sync it with the cloud? I mean I wont delete my music permanently, it will still be stored on my external HD. Also, since my iPhone is already sync with the "lower quality" on my iTunes should I re-sync my iPhone once iOS5 comes out? I haven't seen much information about how it will work. I hope someone can shine some light on this. Thanks!
- 07-08-2011, 11:49 AM #17
- 07-08-2011, 01:09 PM #18
When you sign up for the service it scans your library and matches low qaulity songs with the ones in the Apple catalogue. When you play your phone it streams the song to your phone or it replaces the song on your phone but not in your iTunes library on the computer.
Perhaps I'm wrong but this is what I understood about the service because it's basically a subscription service you're not buying the music.
from the Apple site
Hereís how it works: iTunes determines which songs in your collection are available in the iTunes Store. Any music with a match is automatically added to your iCloud library for you to listen to anytime, on any device. Since there are more than 18 million songs in the iTunes Store, most of your music is probably already in iCloud. All you have to upload is what iTunes canít match. Which is much faster than starting from scratch. And all the music iTunes matches plays back at 256-Kbps iTunes Plus quality ó even if your original copy was of lower quality.
Last edited by Ipheuria; 07-08-2011 at 01:16 PM.
- 07-08-2011, 01:17 PM #20
That maybe true, I could see that as a possibility. But I know that services like Microsoft's Zune Marketplace if you subscribed to theirs you would download all the songs but then I am guessing the copyrights would deactivate them if you canceled. So I am not sure if Apple will do it that way. Also I hope they do not rely too much on the streaming because as I travel sometimes I don't have service. Which I don't think they would do that.
- 07-08-2011, 02:35 PM #21
Yeah I'm kinda fuzzy on whether they will stream it, I don't think they will. I think the high quality song will be in your iCloud account and then it will go to your phone or whatever other iDevice you have when you sync, for when you want to play it. Just like Zune it's a subscription service and with Zune I forgot how it goes but they give you 10 songs a year or something. If you cancel those songs you keep but everything else goes away you don't have access anymore. So I'm sure if you stop paying for Match they will probably just set your device to sync with your library since your account wont contain the high bit rate versions anymore.
- 07-11-2011, 07:39 AM #22
The way the Zune works is for like 15 a month you have unlimited music to download and as long as you keep the subscription you keep the songs you download. Every month you are given 10 song credits so you can buy 10 of the songs to keep forever no matter what. Which is not too bad of a deal I think. But I think iTunes Match is a great service, just I wish I knew more details about it.
- 07-28-2011, 01:43 PM #23