Can Apple Music upgrade your ripped MP3s like iTunes Match

neliason

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I have lots of CDs I years ago ripped MP3s at 128 kbps. I've read an article that shows an easy way to upgrade to 256 kbps (DRM free) using iTunes Match (see here). I was wondering if Apple Music can do the same? From what I understand Apple Music now incorporates the feature of iTunes Match where any songs you have locally are either matched or uploaded. So if that is so it seems to me you could upgrade your library just as suggested in the article by deleting your local copy (128) of a track and then downloading the matched version (256).

Has anyone tried this? Is there any reason not to use the free trial of Apple Music to do this?
 

BSben

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That may well be the case, but Apple Music files are protected files, should you for any reason leave Apple Music those files will not work anymore. With iTunes Match they will even after you stop subscribing, they will just not be available to download again.
 

Rigby

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I have lots of CDs I years ago ripped MP3s at 128 kbps. I've read an article that shows an easy way to upgrade to 256 kbps (DRM free) using iTunes Match (see here). I was wondering if Apple Music can do the same? From what I understand Apple Music now incorporates the feature of iTunes Match where any songs you have locally are either matched or uploaded.
In theory yes. Files that you own and are matched should be DRM-free when re-downloaded with Apple Music too. In the past it hasn't always worked as intended though. Give it a try and let us know.
 

Julien

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Sorry but Rigby is giving incorrect information.

:apple:Music will not replace and upgrade your MP3s with a 256Kbps AAC track like Match will. :apple:Music will only offer an upgraded 256Kbps AAC DRM track you can download and use as long as you have an :apple:Music subscription. If you cancel your subscription all :apple:Music tracks will become unplayable since they all have DRM. You will then then have to use your MP3s (provided you keep a copy).

Here is a very condensed explanation of the differences.
http://www.noteburner.com/apple-music/apple-music-vs-itunes-match.html
 
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Rigby

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Sorry but Rigby is giving incorrect information.

:apple:Music will not replace and upgrade your MP3s with a 256Kbps AAC track like Match will. :apple:Music will only offer an upgraded 256Kbps AAC DRM track you can download and use as long as you have an :apple:Music subscription. If you cancel your subscription all :apple:Music tracks will become unplayable since they all have DRM. You will then then have to use your MP3s (provided you keep a copy).

Here is a very condensed explanation of the differences.
http://www.noteburner.com/apple-music/apple-music-vs-itunes-match.html
This is no longer true (in theory). See here:

http://www.ilounge.com/index.php/ne...tionship-between-apple-music-and-itunes-match
 
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thiagueirass

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Sorry but Rigby is giving incorrect information.

:apple:Music will not replace and upgrade your MP3s with a 256Kbps AAC track like Match will. :apple:Music will only offer an upgraded 256Kbps AAC DRM track you can download and use as long as you have an :apple:Music subscription. If you cancel your subscription all :apple:Music tracks will become unplayable since they all have DRM. You will then then have to use your MP3s (provided you keep a copy).

Here is a very condensed explanation of the differences.
http://www.noteburner.com/apple-music/apple-music-vs-itunes-match.html
It changed recently. All matched songs can be downloaded with DRM-free.
 

neliason

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It changed recently. All matched songs can be downloaded with DRM-free.
This was my understanding that it had changed so now you don't have the DRM issue for your music it matches. I was hoping someone had experience with this to confirm what I want to do works. But based on the latest articles it should work fine.

I want to clean up my iTunes Library a bit before I signup. But once I do I'll see if I can upgrade my songs. I'll then follow up and let everyone know.
 
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