Will You Be renewing Itunes match?

Discussion in 'Apple Music, Apple Pay, iCloud, Apple Services' started by Scarpad, Mar 27, 2012.

  1. Scarpad macrumors 68000


    Jan 13, 2005
    Unless there's a few changes I probably won't. First the whole Idea of having to DL vs Stream Music to the Iphone and Ipad is so Against the whole point of not using Storage that it makes no sense. Google Music , which costs nothing, allows you to stream without Downloading to your device.

    Also they still have alot of issues with Album Art just going missing. The only bright Side is the Apple TV Implementation. So would you Renew?
  2. jruppert macrumors newbie

    Oct 6, 2008
    I'm torn

    In the beginning it was a nightmare to use. It worked out to be a user issue rather than the service. Now, i dont know. I really think that someone is going to come up with an app that will let you stream from your library over remote wifi and get you pretty close to it.

    I did like how it cleaned up my library for me.
  3. ugahairydawgs macrumors 68030


    Jun 10, 2010
    Yeah. I have iTunes installed on my work computer and use it to stream it while I am there. The lack of streaming on iOS isn't that big of a deal to me. It would be nice to have it on the iPad, but I load all of my music on my iPhone anyway.
  4. PNutts macrumors 601


    Jul 24, 2008
    Pacific Northwest, US
    No. I subscribed to increase the bitrate on my older music. I don't use any music from de clouds.
  5. Icculus macrumors 6502

    Jun 2, 2007
    Frisco, TX
    Renew? Does the pope wear a funny hat?
    Now that you mention it the pope's hat is kind of funny

    So yes I will be renewing. I have just over 25,000 songs (1k purchased) and this service has been AWESOME. I am not happy with a lot about iTunes Match but I know Apple will get it sorted out and I will continue to use. Having all my music integrated into the Music app is so clutch. I love getting in the car plugging in the iPhone and start listening...I normally use around 200mb of data and now I am 3gb-4gb because of iTunes Match. I just love having my entire library with me at any given time...now if we got movie match, life will be complete.

    My Problems with iTunes Match:

    * Artwork a complete fail, perfect locally but on MacBook Air/iOS Devices its just a mess.
    * iOS Devices ever since iTunes 10.6/iOS 5.1 are horrible. iPad/iPhone will not sync playlists genius/smart/normal and takes FOREVER whenever I add an album for it to show up. 3 hours today for an album I imported into iTunes to show up, but immediately on MacBook Air
    * Playlists, yes this is a cluster right now
    * Lots of small issues including lyrics, matching 90% of albums, etc.

    So with my problems which are pretty severe right now on iOS devices, I am still renewing. Bottom line no other streaming/download/music in the cloud service runs as good as this. Google doesn't have a dedicated app and even if they did it wouldn't be the Music app, which I love. Apple released this early, they know it but it will get sorted out soon...sure they are doing everything they can to fix this.
  6. blevins321 macrumors 68030

    Dec 24, 2010
    Winnipeg, MB
    Plex can do that currently for locally-stored, non-DRM songs. Do as long as you upgraded you old DRM iTunes purchases to the new format, you can stream over 3G and Wifi locally or remotely.
  7. jruppert macrumors newbie

    Oct 6, 2008
    Good point

    I use it almost the same exact way. I have roughly 20K songs and I love puting it into my car and hitting shuffle. I was always scared to look at my data consumption for fear that I would not do it anymore. Ignorance was bliss. But, now that I know that it is 3-4 GB, i'm ok with that.
    So, yes, i will renew. The positives by far outweigh the negatives
  8. hokiepokie07 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 20, 2009
    How do you stream it from another computer?
  9. ugahairydawgs macrumors 68030


    Jun 10, 2010
    Through iTunes. Just login on the new machine and it should populate your library.
  10. hokiepokie07 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 20, 2009
    Does it download anything to the new computer?
  11. ugahairydawgs macrumors 68030


    Jun 10, 2010
    No....just streams it all.
  12. Rychy macrumors 6502

    Aug 14, 2007
    Probably. I don't use it a ton, but I like it.
  13. TheAppleSource macrumors regular


    Mar 9, 2012
    United Kingdom
    I definitely will. I agree with the feelings of a lot of people with regards to iTunes Match that it has its problems. Oh yes. Definitely. But does that mean that it's not a good deal at $25 a year? No, not at all. When it works, and that seems to be more and more frequently for myself, it works superbly and is a joy to use. Conversely, when it doesn't work, it's amazingly infuriating.

    I too have faith that Apple will iron out the majority of the pressing issues in good time. We are already getting a pretty good deal with the service, and if you have a large library, as I do, then the service is one of the best I've encountered.
  14. roebeet macrumors newbie


    Jan 31, 2010
    As it stands now, I will likely not renew. Reasons are:

    1- Explicit / clean issue has not been corrected yet.
    2- Mono to stereo matching issues (ie. Beatles in Mono boxed set)
    3- 25k limit. That's pretty much a deal-breaker given that Amazon offers unlimited AND at $5 less a year.
    4- Overall performance issues and a lack of support when these issues occur. I'll cite the last few major country rollouts where Matching slowed to a crawl but a call to iTunes support did nothing. They weren't even aware that they was an issue on their end at all (in the meantime, tons of complaints in the Apple boards which clearly showed that the problem was Apple based).

    Two of these could technically be corrected with a "force upload" function for things they Match is failing on.

    I am watching one potential monkey wrench in my decision, which is the rumor on a future high-res format that might be incorporated into iCloud. If that occurred this year, it would be a definite factor in me potentially renewing.
  15. paulbee macrumors member

    Nov 17, 2011
    Yes. Automated complete backup of my music library plus access to any song anywhere are well worth my money.
  16. rillrill macrumors 6502a


    Jul 27, 2011
    New York
    already turned off the automated renewal and the service off on most of my devices. too many errors and mismatched songs... i use rdio now for $10 and i'm quite happy with that service. i'm staying out of the apple ecosystem as much as i can.
  17. gbredneck macrumors member


    Oct 11, 2010
    Hell yes

    Definitely will be renewing, the service is light years ahead of anything else available in the UK.

    The 25k limit sounds a little low, but no doubt at some point that will rise i hope.

    I've not really found any problems with song matching or anything like, the 5 machine limit means the wife has had to have her own account, but hey ho.
  18. David Menzel macrumors member

    Apr 1, 2012
    Some services of iTunes Match are limited to 10 devices. So I think it should be no problem to use one account for you and your wife.
  19. gbredneck macrumors member


    Oct 11, 2010
    Not too fussed about the 2nd itunes match account

    My wife has an ipad, iphone, macbook and an IMAC, so needs her 4 of the 5 connections (i have a couple more machines so have had to choose the machines i want to use it on).

    At the end of the day its only 20 quid a year so no real biggie.
  20. ZeRoLiMiT macrumors 6502a


    Jun 6, 2010
    Southern California
    i love iTunes match! amazing for me and my apple family!

    My wife's iPhone, my mac, my iPhone, my iPad, my daughters iPad can't beat it music anywhere you are on the GO!
  21. blueroom macrumors 603


    Feb 15, 2009
    Toronto, Canada
    Nope, not me. I used it for upgrading my music collection but have no need for streaming.
  22. rocknblogger macrumors 68020


    Apr 2, 2011
    New Jersey
    I agree with most everyone here who listed the various issues but I too will renew. It's easily worth $25 to see what's in store for the next year.

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