Apple starts rolling out iTunes Match with audio fingerprinting to Apple Music subscribers

By , Jul 18, 2016

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When it debuted more than a year ago, Apple Music originally lacked support for iTunes Match, instead relying on a less accurate metadata matching system. That feature, however, has been inconveniencing many Apple Music subscribers who couldn’t properly match songs they already had in their iTunes libraries.

As first reported by The Loop, iTunes Match with audio fingerprinting is now being rolled out to all Apple Music subscribers and it works like a charm.

“Previously Apple was using a less accurate metadata version of iTunes Match on Apple Music, which wouldn’t always match the correct version of a particular song,” noted Jim Dalrymple.

The author blogged about iTunes Match hiccups causing live version of songs in his iTunes library to be replaced with their studio counterparts in an article titled “Apple Music is a nightmare and I’m done with it”.

Now that the full features of the iTunes Match audio fingerprinting system are available to Apple Music subscribers, those problems should be a thing of the past.

“If you had songs that were matched incorrectly using the metadata version of iTunes Match, the new version will rematch to the correct song,” he wrote, confirming that the system won’t delete any downloaded copies of songs you already have in your library.

With iTunes Match, any songs in a subscriber’s iTunes library that are available on the iTunes Store can be downloaded in high-resolution 256Kbps AAC format and streamed to every iOS, Mac or Windows device authorized with the same Apple ID.

To reiterate, any matched songs on Apple Music should now be available as DRM-free music files, just like iTunes Match. It’s super nice that Apple Music subscribers can use the full version of iTunes Match at no additional charge.

Otherwise, iTunes Match is available as a standalone subscription for $24.99 per year.

For those wondering, Dalrymple has confirmed that this is the same version of iTunes Match that iTunes users could pay for as a separate subscription since Apple began offering it years ago.

If you’re an Apple Music subscriber, you don’t need to do anything to receive this feature as Apple is switching over one to two percent of its users every day to the new iTunes Match, automatically.

When the service rolls out to your Apple Music subscriber account, you’ll start seeing “Matched” in the iCloud Status column of iTunes on your Mac or Windows PC for any matched songs in your library.

Source: The Loop

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  • john snow

    So now Apple Music will not destroy all the unofficial remixes or live versions?

    • Rander Pereira

      Maybe not yet, for this reason I still using iTunes match but not Apple Music, I’m using Spotify instead.

  • Wilfredo Nanita

    Will I be able to unsubscribe from iTunes Match and only use Apple Music? I only use iTunes Match to download better versions of my matched songs.

  • Wilfredo Nanita

    To better clarify: (taken from another article)

    If you don’t use iCloud Music Library: Nothing to see here, move along. You keep playing your music as before.

    If you subscribe to iTunes Match subscription, and not to Apple Music: Nothing changes. Your life goes on as normal, and you continue paying $25 a year to have your music (up to 100,000 tracks) in the cloud.

    If you have both iTunes Match and Apple Music subscriptions: You can turn off auto-renew for iTunes Match. You won’t need iTunes Match any more, since Apple Music will now match using acoustic fingerprinting, and your files won’t have DRM if you download them on another device. Go into your account in the iTunes Store (Account > View My Account), then go to iTunes in the Cloud > iTune Match, and click Turn Off Automatic Renewal.

    If you subscribe only to Apple Music: You won’t notice much of a change. The only difference will be that new matched tracks will have an iCloud Status of Matched, rather than Apple Music, and they won’t have DRM. You can force older downloaded tracks to change their status by deleting the local copies and re-downloading them; iTunes won’t automatically do this for you. And you can play these matched tracks on any device, even one that doesn’t have an Apple Music subscription or isn’t signed into Apple Music. Note that tracks you add from Apple Music to your library still have DRM; this change only affects tracks that are matched from music you own.

  • Still hasn’t rolled out for me yet.