Can anyone sell iTunes Match to me?

Discussion in 'Apple Music, Apple Pay, iCloud, Apple Services' started by Simbazz, Dec 15, 2011.

  1. Simbazz macrumors regular

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    Basically, I'm unsure as to what iTunes Match is all about.

    My understand it, I've got my iTunes library, some I've purchased off iTunes and others I've got through physical copies and acquiring songs off websites such as Amazon. Now, what does Match do? Does it scan everything and replace as much as it can with Apple iTunes music?

    Thats my understanding of it, I've read around and seen (on one website which isn't the most concrete conclusion I'm aware) that you can only use Match once a year, is this correct? So anything I purchase in between the subscription dates waits till the year after? Surely this is incorrect.

    Thanks for anyone who takes time in replying :)
     
  2. rmhop81 macrumors 68020

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    the only other way to sync music that you didn't purchase is to plug in your phone with itunes and download it to each device. If you turn match on, it scans your library and puts it on their server that you are entitled to download the song (when you pay for match). When you go to your iphone and click on music....all your music library will pop up and you can download what you like. Anything you purchase won't be included in the Match subscription, bc u aren't matching it. It's for items that you have matched from mp3 files of your own etc.

    for me, i have 10,000 plus songs and only have a 64gb Macbook Air...so you can't quite have all the music on your computer all at once and definitely not on your iphone all at once. But now with match, it's all there in the cloud and yeah i can't play it all immediately i can download what i want and can see my entire library without every having to manually sync or keep track of it on the computer.

    i'm assuming the subscription...you pay $25 and your matched library shows up for a year. If you don't renew, you can't access it on the cloud anymore until you pay again. All purchased music from itunes store, will always be stored in your purchase history to download at anytime.
     
  3. Simbazz thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks for the reply.

    So any CD's or MP3's online I buy within the year I can scan/match with iTunes and get the same benefits? Its not just a once a year thing?

    It sounds stupid, I would imagine it'd be an unlimited number of match/scans a year but I read on a website you could only do it once.
     
  4. unobtainium macrumors 68000

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    No, your subscription lasts and is active for a full year.

    As for whether it's really worth it -- for me the answer is probably no, because I still have plenty of space on my iPhone and most of my music is already 320 Kbps quality. If I had a bunch of low-quality tracks that I wanted to upgrade to iTunes versions I might spring for it. Or if I was running out of space on my iDevices. If either of those apply to you, iTunes Match may be worth the money.
     
  5. Macman45 macrumors demi-god

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    My Question Is

    Is it worth the £21.99 a year? It went live this morning, but I have not signed up yet, I can't see any major advantages to justify the price.....Unless someone knows more or I'm missing something, I think I'll skip it?
     
  6. appleguy macrumors 6502

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    replacing music

    I am thinking about itunes Match as well.

    if I get it, and upload my lower quality music that I got from CD and no longer have the original, can I upload it, then download the 256kb version then remove the lower quality version?
     
  7. Chairman.Jobbie macrumors 6502

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    After subscritions ends?

    If i subscribe and match all my music and delete all physical/harddrive copies - what happens after the subscription ends?

    Do i lose all my music unless ive downloaded back to harddrive?
    If i have it all 'new/matched' and on my harddrive, do they go inactive?

    Does anyone know conclusively what happens to your 'new & high bit rate' matches after youve ended subscription.

    Basically, can i subscribe and swap out all my music for new higher bit rate then at the end of the year not renew and retain all new copies?

    Im not someone who buys or listen to much music at all (stopped about a decade ago) but i have a mish mash library that might be worth tidying up with this service.
     
  8. Simbazz thread starter macrumors regular

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    I believe, and as always could be wrong, that the music you match within the year is yours. In essence by paying 21.99 (Depending where you are it's a bit different) you're paying for the match song by song really.
     
  9. vitzr macrumors 68030

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    It's a terrific source of income for Apple.

    It's the lazy mans way to manage music.

    I've already got my entire iTunes Library setup on a secure & backed up personal server. I'd much rather do a little work myself and keep my files on my server.

    It's as simple as that. Oh, and it's truly "Free" :)
     
  10. Macman45 macrumors demi-god

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    +1

    I agree, I'd rather manage my music library myself, and spend the money on something else, more music!
     

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