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Apple has introduced a fix for a persistent and frustrating Apple Music bug that caused pre-existing music libraries to sometimes be improperly matched with Apple Music songs, reports The Loop.

To make sure songs are correctly matched, Apple is now using iTunes Match audio fingerprint for Apple Music, a more accurate matching method than the metadata matching that was previously employed. Apple Music matching now also offers up DRM-free music files, just like iTunes Match.

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Apple has been quietly rolling out iTunes Match audio fingerprint to all Apple Music subscribers. Previously Apple was using a less accurate metadata version of iTunes Match on Apple Music, which wouldn't always match the correct version of a particular song. We've all seen the stories of a live version of a song being replaced by a studio version, etc.

Using iTunes Match with audio fingerprint, those problems should be a thing of the past.
According to The Loop, the version of iTunes Match that is now available to Apple Music subscribers is actually the same iTunes Match service that iTunes users have been paying for as a separate subscription, with all Apple Music subscribers now eligible to use the full version of iTunes Match at no cost. Confusingly, while Apple Music had song matching available previously, it was not the same service that was offered through iTunes Match.

Current Apple Music and iTunes Match subscribers can let their iTunes Match subscriptions expire while continuing to get the same functionality, and should see no changes.

iTunes Match users who are not Apple Music subscribers will need to continue to pay for iTunes Match. Apple Music subscribers will know if they have access to iTunes Match because there will be a "Matched" label in the iCloud Status of iTunes on the Mac.

Users who had songs matched incorrectly via iTunes Match will see their songs rematched to the correct song thanks to the changes that Apple has implemented, and no downloaded copies of songs will be deleted.

Apple is gradually rolling out access to iTunes Match, switching one to two percent of Apple Music subscribers over to the new version each day. The rollout will take some time, and Apple is monitoring the process to make sure there are no issues.

Article Link: Apple Debuts iTunes Match With Audio Fingerprint for Apple Music Users
 

bpeeps

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Well it took long enough. Here's to them fixing the Safari freeze issues on El Capitan sometime this year as well.
 

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"According to The Loop, the version of iTunes Match that is now available to Apple Music subscribers is actually the same iTunes Match service that iTunes users have been paying for as a separate subscription, with all Apple Music subscribers now eligible to use the full version of iTunes Match at no cost. Confusingly, while Apple Music had song matching available previously, it was not the same service that was offered through iTunes Match. Confusingly, while Apple Music had song matching available previously, it was not the same service that was offered through iTunes Match."

wow. That IS kinda confusing if you keep reading it over and over.


I bet cover art will still be the same, but at least now songs should be better matching.... The same cover art replacing will still be there too. Too little, too late, the last time i 'matched with AM, it didn't go so well, and not about to test this out again,,, I have "other" ways of getting them from Apple.
 
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iSRS

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So I can let my auto renew lapse in November for iTunes Match? I'll believe that when I see it. But it gives me time to make sure I have an archived backup of all my matched/uploaded/non-Apple Music music before then, and for others to test it out.
 

redboxcar

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When I subscribed to Apple Music, I let my iTunes Match lapse and, at the same time, removed all of my personal music from my iTunes library. I started over with Apple Music and have been making a note of which of my personal songs are not available through Apple Music. Does this mean I can now import those mp3s and they will be matched or uploaded even though they're not available in Apple Music or the iTunes store?
 

firefoxsilver9

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couldn't have come at a better time. i like a fool signed up for Apple Music again after i did the 3 month trial which F'ed up my library the 1st time. IDK why but i thought the 2nd time would be better but yet again same result. I sent an email to Apple Support asking for a refund for this month's service but if acoustic fingerprinting is now here then i'll stay. I need to know when it will be rolled out to everyone and how to find out when i'll have access to it.
 

Alumeenium

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Still not going to use it, or Apple Music for that matter.

Spotify won the streaming wars!

I keep my music in Finder, screw iTunes Bloatware
 

TimUSCA

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Still not going to use it, or Apple Music for that matter.

Spotify won the streaming wars!

I keep my music in Finder, screw iTunes Bloatware
Just stop. Nobody has to "win". There CAN be competing services, both doing well, you know... personally, I like Apple Music more that Spotify.
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So just to make sure... this means I can cancel my Match membership as I'm a Music subscriber?
Seems that way... I'd like to know for sure too.
 

HopefulHumanist

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Only thing iTunes Match provides extra is non-DRM matching. so if u care about keeping your 'matched' music 'DRM free', yes keep both.
That was certainly true in the past but as I'm understanding this news, Apple Music effectively includes iTunes Match now, doesn't it? As I'm understanding it, Apple Music will give you "Matched" tracks in your library so you no longer need to subscribe to both.

How about just adding an option to leave local files alone? No deleting, no changing artwork, etc.
Deleting or changing artwork were never intentional; they were always bugs.
 
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brbttyl

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Too bad the "audio fingerprint" system they use also completely sucks. I've had iTunes Match since day 1 and have approx 4,000 albums matched. Over 80% of those albums are what I call "mixed," in that some tracks were matched, and some were uploaded. In many cases, this is not a big deal. In other cases, the "matched" tracks are remastered, while the "uploaded" tracks are not. Listening to one of these albums, half the tracks are at a different volume level and/or contain unwanted fiddling that comes with newer remasters. Apple completely dropped the ball and it doesn't sound like this new fix will really fix much at all.
 

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If Apple is rolling this fix out anyway, wouldn't u actually want Apple to delete downloaded stuff ? Because the music u would have made offline before this time would be incorrect anyway, so a refresh would be needed after it correct matches it.

That was certainly true in the past but as I'm understanding this news, Apple Music effectively includes iTunes Match now, doesn't it? As I'm understanding it, Apple Music will give you "Matched" tracks in your library so you no longer need to subscribe to both.

Tue, but u need to subscribe to both for DRM-free matched

iTunes Match is still a separate service... If u subscribe to AM, u will not automatically get iTunes Match and visa versa. and must turn off auto renew on each one u don''t want to renew as well.

$9.95 per month (119.40 per year)+ $25 a year for iTunes Match = $144.40
 
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adamjackson

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Okay so if you join Apple Music today and you're not iTunes Match or Apple Music currently, will you get both services basically?

I let my 3-month trial expire on Apple Music but renewed iTunes Match then cancelled it when Apple got rid of the radio stations for Match users. If I get back being able to play all of my music on any internet connected device (Match) and the radio stations, I may consider joining Apple Music.
 
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Plutonius

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I dropped iTunes match after Apple killed the commercial free radio. I see why Apple wanted to kill the commercial free radio but it doesn't change the fact that Apple was selling commercial free radio as part of an iTunes match subscription. At a minimum, Apple should have let the consumer continue with commercial free radio until their subscription was up. It may sound trivial to some, but I expect a company to honor their commitments when I purchase a product. I could now care less how Apple does.
 
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