iTunes Match Harmful Feature
First off watch this video I made using iTunes, my comments will be based on the assumption you have seen the video:
First off I think after having played around with iTunes Match on my iPhone for a few hours after I made the video I think downloading multiple songs besides the one you choose is an intentional action on the part of Apple. However I really see this as a very negative implementation. It uses way too much data, I don't have an unlimited data plan and I had previously been using Spotify for my music streaming, I can't see a reason to use iTunes Match over spottily. Especially since Im going to be using 2/3 more data than I would like to. Plus when using songs that are not on my iPhone, downloading 3 songs on a 3G data speed makes the song I'm listening to skip, which is super annoying. Anyway as you can tell I hate it, but what do you think?
- 11-16-2011, 07:16 AM #2iMore Intermediate
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I don't hate the feature, but I can see your point about download over 3G. I tested it out and replicated your video on my phone. My suggestion, if you're worried about your 3G data cap is to turn off "Use Cellular Data" in the Store. (Settings -> Store -> Use Cellular Data -> Off). I turned off my Wi-Fi and tried to play an album from iTunes Match and the popup came up saying I need Wi-Fi to download.
If nothing else it'll keep you from worrying about the data cap.
- 11-16-2011, 08:18 AM #3
- 11-16-2011, 08:25 AM #4iMore Intermediate
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Maybe I'm just lucky to have it at work in addition to home?
- 11-16-2011, 09:37 AM #6
I still have unlimited data so this feature is not the downer for me. The only thing that I don't like about the service is the way it matches songs. It relys to much on the meta-data and if it doesn't match iTunes library perfect then it won't match. I used tune-up to fix all my music but a lot of it still couldn't be matched because what it assigned did not match iTunes.
- 11-16-2011, 11:33 AM #7
- 11-16-2011, 11:58 AM #8
I've only been downloading over wifi and plan on downloading little on 3G. I just wanted to be able to access my music wherever I am without hooking into my computer, now I can do that. I see no reason to plug my iPhone into my computer anymore.
- 11-16-2011, 12:43 PM #10
1. If you want to create a playlist and have that stored locally on your phone its much easier to sync it to your computer then tap on each song (especially if there is alot of songs in your playlist)
- 11-16-2011, 12:53 PM #11
- 11-16-2011, 02:50 PM #13