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Thread: Apple Rolls Out iTunes Match as iTunes Finally Comes to The Clouds

  1. #21
    People really seem to be missing the point here ... Apple is not reselling you your own songs but giving you the chance to legitimize your pirated music. That's why the licensing deal took so long. The music companies want a cut of that pie, as they should.

    But what was NOT covered was whether or not those "iTunes Match" files will be downloaded to your computer or if they will exist only in the cloud.

  2. #22
    See if I get this right. I ripped 5 albums to my pc in mp3 format (legal or illegal). For 24.99 I get a "legit" version stored in iCloud.
    Those albums then sync with any of my devices including my pc in AAC 256kbb DRM free.

    Can I sync those albums to my pc & no longer pay for iTunes Match? If I no longer pay will it remove all those from my devices & the iCloud?

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    Why doesn't the comparison chart between iTunes Match, Amazon and Google show Google Music as being FREE instead of $???

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    Default it's only $25 dollors
    Look at it this way it's only $25 (the price MobileMe should have been). I saying whats that a week of Starcucks for some of us.

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    Just to make sure I get it. All our music will still be stored on our divices? I was hoping to clean up some space.

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    Y'all need to pay more attn. If a song you try and "match" is not found in their database it will be uploaded from your computer to the cloud. Like I posted before... I can upload all the live music sets to the cloud.
    Last edited by Poseidon79; 2011-06-07 at 12:16 AM.

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    I guess I'm slightly disappointed, because I thought that the iCloud would involve streaming. I was hoping that I could choose to not physically store songs on my iPhone or iPad and instead stream them from the cloud, based on my library. That I can see paying $25/year for.

    What I don't understand is why it costs $25/year to do a scan of my library for non-iTunes songs to match and sync to my devices. I suppose it's possible some people out there are still buying CDs and ripping them into iTunes, but how many more years from now do they think people are going to be doing that? I can only assume that they did it solely to address people who download via torrents ... and $25/year to turn pirated music into legit music is a pretty sweet deal, but it does beg the question someone posed earlier ... if you discontinue your iTunes Match service, do you get to keep those synced legit versions, or do they get taken away?

    Regardless, I'm still disappointed that there's no streaming. I was really thinking it was going to be the "one last thing ..." this time around.

  8. #28
    What $25/yr gets you.

    1. "Legitimate" back up of your ripped/pirated music, unlimited songs.
    2. For those songs you have that are not in iTunes, it will upload and back up in the cloud for your other devices to download.
    3. Automatic syncing to all your iDevices of new purchases, or you can pick and choose which songs you want to sync to your iDevice. So no, you don't have to have the same library as your significant other, or other authorized devices on your account.
    4. Your music gets upgraded to 256kbps AAC DRM-free. You can still convert those songs in iTunes to MP3 and other supported formats for your non-iDevices.
    5. If you cancel iTunes Match, you still keep songs that have been Matched since you already paid for the subscription. You will not lose those songs as they would have been downloaded to iTunes on your computer and/or iDevices.

    What iTunes Match will NOT do for you.

    1. It will not upload your whole library to iCloud. It will create a list of songs you already purchased and songs that get matched, so you can download/sync to other iDevices without having to sync to a computer. Those songs will also be synced to other authorized computers.
    2. iTunes Match will NOT stream music. You want to play that new song you purchased on your computer at home? Just use iCloud to sync your new purchases, or pick and choose which new purchases you want to your device.

    For me it's gonna be a great deal, since my music library is over 15k songs. $25/yr is a steal, specially since 99% of my music is not from iTunes. AND "MobileMe" is now FREE.

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  10. #29
    Quote Originally Posted by zauriel View Post
    if you discontinue your iTunes Match service, do you get to keep those synced legit versions, or do they get taken away?
    Yes once you use iTunes match it acts like any other iTunes purchase, you can download the file to your computer. I don't know if it will have DRM though.

    If you want to stream music from the web use Google Music.

  11. #30
    Quote Originally Posted by spazturtle View Post
    Yes once you use iTunes match it acts like any other iTunes purchase, you can download the file to your computer. I don't know if it will have DRM though.

    If you want to stream music from the web use Google Music.
    Apple does not use DRM any longer on music.

  12. #31
    Quote Originally Posted by Doran View Post
    So the library of CDs I have that I "ripped" into iTunes was "illegal"? I agree with that guy. I already bought my music and now I have to pay $25 to put them in the cloud.... That kinda sux.

    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.
    Damn I wish I could upload all my songs to SOMEONE ELSE's servers securely and have it share across everything I own for free without hassle. Guess people forgot Steve said people have 3 OPTIONS. But no options are better than having some.

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    i have over 60,000+ songs in my itunes library alone.
    as much as i HATE apple, and as much as i prefer google, if i can pay only $25/year to have cloud access to 5000+ albums, this is the one and only non-hardware purchase i will be willing to make from apple.

    also, all the ios5 "improvements" were, once again, just stolen from the jailbreak community.
    "innovative..." ha!

    edit: i should also add that i'm truly impressed with apple on the cloud. i was certain that they would only offer music purchased through itunes. good move apple. but you're still a bunch of crypto-facists...
    Last edited by epignosis567; 2011-06-07 at 02:02 AM.

  15. #33
    So if you update your iPhone or iPad or have to restore it and it wipes out all of your data and you download all of the songs again will that count against your 3G data use?

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    Quote Originally Posted by OETProductions View Post
    This is sweet
    To the clouds!!!

  17. #35
    Quote Originally Posted by GrandMstrBud View Post
    So if you update your iPhone or iPad or have to restore it and it wipes out all of your data and you download all of the songs again will that count against your 3G data use?
    Depends if you can restore from the cloud I suppose. If you have to restore from a backup, why not just use your mac/pc?
    3G access can be switched off, although no idea what effect that will have!!

  18. #36
    Quote Originally Posted by FleetGeek View Post
    Depends if you can restore from the cloud I suppose. If you have to restore from a backup, why not just use your mac/pc?
    3G access can be switched off, although no idea what effect that will have!!
    Well part of this is to avoid having to store all of your music on a computer and having to sync through a wired connection. With that being said even if you only have a couple of GB's of data you can easily hit that 2GB mark in a month. Yes there is WiFi but say you don't have WiFi at home. Surprisingly there are a lot of people without WiFi at home. It doesn't affect me since I have the old unlimited plan on my iPad but not everyone has that.

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    I have a library of over 65k songs. Do I still get Match for $25 a year? If so, I'm in.

  20. #38
    Quote Originally Posted by Daerid View Post
    I have a library of over 65k songs. Do I still get Match for $25 a year? If so, I'm in.
    Learn to read or watch the Keynote. Unlimited songs for $24.99/yr.

  21. #39
    I'm all for the cloud. I ripped some 800 cds to itunes about three years ago in what I thought was a future proof 192 kbps. I have a few hundred songs I bought on iTunes before the files were high quality that I never felt like paying for the upgraded bitrate when they were offering such upgrades. I have a few thousand songs from sites like emusic that are of lesser quality. I have about 400 cds that I ripped over the last year that I ripped in mp3 format accidentally instead of aac format. I am all in for paying $25 a year if I can access higher quality files than the ones I have ripped. Even if I don't get to keep the upgraded files (though that would really be a nice perk).

  22. #40
    Quote Originally Posted by cloudme View Post
    I'm all for the cloud. I ripped some 800 cds to itunes about three years ago in what I thought was a future proof 192 kbps. I have a few hundred songs I bought on iTunes before the files were high quality that I never felt like paying for the upgraded bitrate when they were offering such upgrades. I have a few thousand songs from sites like emusic that are of lesser quality. I have about 400 cds that I ripped over the last year that I ripped in mp3 format accidentally instead of aac format. I am all in for paying $25 a year if I can access higher quality files than the ones I have ripped. Even if I don't get to keep the upgraded files (though that would really be a nice perk).
    But you do get to keep the upgraded files. Those songs that get matched and upgraded receive the same benefit as purchases songs, so they will be treated as such. Also, don't forget that broken/missing ID3 tags will be fixed, as well as missing album artwork.

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