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06-06-2011, 02:29 PM #1
Apple Rolls Out iTunes Match as iTunes Finally Comes to The Clouds
Well, now we know what Apple is doing with its new data centers and its 2009 purchase of Lala. Yes, it's finally happening. Today at Apple's WWDC, Steve Jobs declared that iTunes is floating away into the clouds and into an entirely new era for digital music storage, management, and enjoyment. Following the presentations of Mac OSX Lion, iOS 5, and iCloud, Steve Jobs turned to iTunes.
"It's the same old story," Jobs said in his introduction of the iTunes improvement. "I buy something on my iPhone and it's not on my other devices. I grab my iPod and I go to listen to that song and it ain't there!" Apple has finally rolled out a solution to this ubiquitous conundrum. And it involves launching iTunes into the clouds, after what feels like years of speculation that it ultimately would end up there.
"Now when I buy a song on one of my devices it automatically downloads to all of my devices without having to sync or do anything at all." According to Jobs, "This is the first time we've seen this in the music industry. There's no charge for multiple downloads to different devices." It's all made possible with a new "purchased" tab in iTunes, which enables users to browse all of their albums and then tap the corresponding cloud button to make the magic happen and push the music to all your connected iOS devices with iTunes.
Of course, while this feature relates to the music you've purchased through iTunes, what about the music you've ripped but not purchased? Steve says there’s three ways you can deal with this: “One, you can sync your devices over Wi-Fi or cable, and then you can rely on iCloud. Or, if it’s just a few songs you love, you can buy them on iTunes. But we’re offering a third way, and we call it iTunes Match.”
Calling it an "industry leading offer," with a price tag of $24.99 per year, the iTunes Match service will scan your entire library of songs - yes, the entire library - and subsequently match the songs up with the library of songs available in iTunes, of which there are now more than 18 million. Jobs says the new service "will take just minutes" to do all the matching and syncing. He also reminded us how much longer it takes for Google and Amazon to provide a similar function - not to mention at a much greater cost.
06-06-2011, 02:33 PM #2
06-06-2011, 02:36 PM #3
$25 to rent music I already bought.....wow.....
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06-06-2011, 02:44 PM #6
Don't forget to hit the thanks button if you liked what I said or did
06-06-2011, 02:44 PM #7
yeah no, I'll keep my music on my own hard drive kthxbye
06-06-2011, 02:47 PM #8
06-06-2011, 02:48 PM #9Originally Posted by Steve Jobs
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06-06-2011, 02:58 PM #13
I for one DO NOT CARE if all my devices have the same junk on them. Different devices have different storage capacities, and my wife and I have different musical tastes. Her iPhone syncs the songs she wants from our iTunes library on our home PC, my phone syncs my songs (a few songs are on both our phones), and the nano syncs a different (smaller) set of songs.
So to me, this whole "match" and "cloud" deal for iTunes is pretty much pointless.
06-06-2011, 03:16 PM #14
Don't get me wrong..... $25 a year isn't that much money but it's still money I shouldn't have to pay for this.
Last edited by Doran; 06-06-2011 at 03:21 PM.
06-06-2011, 03:31 PM #15
And there's the reason for the deals with Record Companies.
But it does mean that you can pay $25 to turn illegally downloaded music into "legit" music Can you re-download "matched" music?
06-06-2011, 03:46 PM #16
Why are y'all all complaining about an OPTIONAL service??!! If you don't want Apple to host your library then use Audiogalaxy for your music and Air Video for your movies and host it yourself!! Wow... that wasn't too hard to figure out.
06-06-2011, 03:47 PM #17
and as Steve Jobs mentioned you can always do it the old school way via transfer cableDon't forget to hit the thanks button if you liked what I said or did
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06-06-2011, 03:54 PM #19
Back up your iCloud to iTunes?! iCloud is by definition your iTunes backup. I can't wait to upload all my live concerts and DJ sets and old albums in case my HDD crashes... I have iCloud!
06-06-2011, 04:02 PM #20
Thanks to everyone for the douchey responses from both sides. To clear things up you are not "thinking outside the box" if you choose to opt into a service that Apple is going to offer. They thought outside the box, you are accessing the box. To the others, for $25/year you can download illegally to your heart's content and legitimize all that music on as many iDevices as you own. How is that not a good deal?
Either way there will always be kinks to work out esp. for devices that don't have WiFi and can't take advantage of the icloud but for the most part this is a great idea.
You are NOT uploading your music to a locker and then worrying about having a data connection to it. You are uploading a description of what music you have to the icloud which then syncs the music to your idevices as it gets updated. This isn't like streaming music from the icloud.
Plus for those of you with illegally downloaded music, this will repair all the missing or fragmented ID3 tags for your songs so you can finally look at a clean list.