View Full Version : itunes match - what effect on individual file size

Dec 18, 2011, 08:17 AM
Hi, quick question for those who are now using the itunes match service. What effect does the new matched version file size have compared to the original file size.

For example a song previously might have been, say, 6mb, is it higher or lower now on average?

Is it a significant difference to before? The reason i ask is I am already pushing my limit on my devices and was wondering if this is going to help me massively or push me over the edge?


Dec 18, 2011, 12:43 PM
Impossible to give accurate answer. It of course depends on what format and bit rate your music is currently. BUT, looking at a very small sample of my music library, the AAC 256kbps songs I got from iTunes Match are between 8 Mb and 10 Mb in size for songs around 3.5 minutes long.

If your songs are currently averaging 6 Mb then I think I would be pretty safe in saying that your library will increase in size if you replace your songs with the matched versions.