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08-30-2011, 08:40 AM #1
iTunes Streaming Finally Available in iTunes Match Beta
The iCloud announcement came and went, and with it rumors of an Apple streaming music service died.
However, last night an iTunes Match Developer Beta was released, and hidden inside was the ability to stream songs to the entire spectrum of iOS devices. Amazon and Google's services can't do that, and force their users to upload their entire library to the cloud track by track. Apple users can simply "Scan" their library and Apple will provide them the same song, found on Apple servers, for streaming or download. Until today, it was thought, the only way for iTunes Match users to listen to music was to download the matched music first, not stream.
iTunes Match stores your complete music library in iCloud, allowing you to enjoy your collection anywhere, anytime, on any iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, or computer. Apple
It seems odd Apple waited this long to confirm, let alone mention, the iTunes Match streaming feature. They did after all spend a small fortune securing the rights to do so from the labels. Whatever their reason, for those of us willing to pay $25 a year, and who have an iTunes library worthy of an appearance on Hoarders, iTunes Match appears to be a pretty sweet deal.
Last edited by Phillip Swanson; 08-30-2011 at 08:51 AM.
08-30-2011, 09:14 AM #2
Wonder if iCloud Match allows the matched songs to be downloaded and saved to your computer. I should, but the 'fine print' is missing. Hmmm, match existing low-kbps rips, and download 256kbps. Sweet if it does.
08-30-2011, 09:28 AM #3
Whoa. Check this out though:
It replaces your library with the match service? What does that mean if you have no service? Your local library is gone and you can't stream anything? What about on flights? I guess you could turn it off on your device and sync music to your library if you know you're going to be flying, but still... I'm not sure how I'm feeling about this.
Last edited by stevelucky; 08-30-2011 at 10:16 AM.
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08-30-2011, 11:50 AM #5
Does it download them or stream them? Why do you think he's trolling? It's not clear if it streams - in which case his was a valid question, or downloads.
Mac and USA only so I lose on both counts
08-30-2011, 12:21 PM #6
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08-30-2011, 12:36 PM #8
This looks AWESOME can't wait to check it out!!
08-30-2011, 01:15 PM #9
Side note: It seems that now that some people think they know what trolling is, they're eager to accuse everyone of it. It's a little annoying.
08-30-2011, 01:29 PM #10
If it's anything like Spotify then yes you will have to sync your tracks for offline use in advance.
08-30-2011, 01:37 PM #11
Well, I'll report back as soon as iTunes finishes matching all my songs. It's almost there...
08-30-2011, 02:05 PM #12
are people dumb? seriously...
if you realize the nature of the service, then simply be prepared and d/l songs for offline use. all it takes is a basic understanding of the service.
if you go offline and you haven't synced your songs, then you're an idiot. plain and simple.
08-30-2011, 02:14 PM #13
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You have the option of either downloading a song to be stored locally or stream the song from itunes. You can choose each individual song whether you want it stored locally or just streaming.
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Last edited by stevelucky; 08-30-2011 at 05:25 PM.
08-30-2011, 05:37 PM #18
^ LOL, I didn't even know 16,000 songs existed! ;-)
08-31-2011, 12:31 AM #19
The ultimate test would be: take a jailbroken iPhone, and install Bigboss Dev Tools on it (specifically netstat). Run netstat via SSH, and initiate an iCloud download. Note all IPs on the system. Reboot, re-open the SSH session, and play that same song again.
If the phone connects to the same or a very similar external IP on the second play, it's streaming from Apple. If it doesn't, the file is local (or just cached locally but my bet is that cache is wiped on a reboot).
EDIT: Whoops, source article issued a retraction: just downloads, no streaming.
Last edited by Orby; 08-31-2011 at 12:33 AM.
08-31-2011, 09:43 PM #20
iTunes is currently uploading the remainder of my songs that it couldn't find via the Match service. I was monitoring my bandwidth via Little Snitch and I saw this:
Is that weird that iTunes is connecting to Amazon's servers? Surely they're not hosting any music there. Maybe it's for album artwork or something. Any thoughts?