iTunes Match Help Needed

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by JulesK, Oct 24, 2012.

  1. JulesK macrumors 6502

    Dec 17, 2002
    I have a small number of old iTunes purchases that I'd like to upgrade to 256kbps from 128. It's been a while, but I guess iTunes Plus is no longer available, so you have to use iTunes Match if I want to do this for multiple tracks. If anyone can provide some guidance to the following questions, I'd really appreciate it:

    (1) It really is a small number of tracks that it may just be cheaper to repurcahse the DRM-free/256k versions. How do I do that? Delete the existing tracks and try to repurchase within iTunes?

    (2) If I went with iTunes Match to upgrade these tracks (and I know that there are many threads/webpages that explain this), will I still be able to keep the upgraded tracks if I let my iTunes Match account expire after a year? Or will they stay upgraded only if I keep the account active.

    (3) I have a number of CDs that I have put into iTunes, and many are missing artwork. I was planning to use software such as TuneUp to clean up my library. Does anyone know whether iTunes Match meses up with how TuneUp works, particularly artwork? I've read some posts that iTunes Match causes problems with artwork.

    (4) OK - Completely dumb question: How, exactly, do your iDevices access the music stored by Apple in its cloud service? If it's via cellular data or wifi, that would be crazy because of data costs. Is it just a way of syncing without actually connecting to physically to my Mac laptop where my iTunes library resides, or something else?

    Many thanks in advance.
  2. Lincolnguy macrumors newbie

    Oct 24, 2012
    1. Im not sure if Apple let users upgrade to iTunes-plus version at present.

    2. Yes. You can keep the upgrade tracks even your iTunes match account expire.

    3. I have never used the TuneUP, so, sorry.

    4. Not ACCESS, just STREAM. With iTunes Match your music will be available on your devices almost immediately via streaming and you will not need to download the tracks to your device.
  3. ffohwx macrumors member

    May 7, 2010
    Fairfield, Ohio
    I can answer #3, fairly easily as this is what I use in my setup. iTunes match uses waveform to match tracks and not metadata (exactly how Shazam works), and matches using the Gracenote database. Coincidentally, this is the exact same process that TuneUp uses to match your tracks and fill missing or incorrect metadata (including artwork).

    Now here's the kicker. iTunes Match does NOT touch the metadata at all. So for example, if you have a track incorrectly named, match it with iTunes Match, delete the existing file from your computer and redownload the 256k version from iTunes Match, that incorrect name stays intact. Same thing with artwork. You can use iTunes Match and TuneUp together fact I highly recommend it, since iTunes Match does exactly nothing with the metadata. It was immensely helpful to me when I getting everything into iTunes Match (roughly 5000 songs), with a lot of Track1, Track2, Track3, etc. albums buried at the bottom of my library. I have never had a problem with artwork.

    TL;DR: Yes, iTunes Match and TuneUp work perfectly together.

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