New Poll: Do You Subscribe to iTunes Match?

As the iTunes Guy for Macworld, I get a lot of questions about iTunes Match. But it’s hard to know exactly how many people use the service, which one of my editors describes as “half-baked.”

So I’ve set up a poll, over to the right, in the sidebar. Do you subscribe to iTunes Match? If you’d like to post any comments about iTunes Match, and its many problems, feel free to do so in the comments below.

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  1. Jim Wickman says:

    iTunes has “lost” about 200 of my tracks — the dreaded gray exclamation point. Apple has some real work to do to stop that from happening.

    Now Apple wants me to put all my tracks up in the cloud. And enjoy the extra space on my HD from deleting all the tracks that are up un the cloud.

    Not very likely!

    If Apple / iTunes would quit losing tracks I might reconsider.

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    • kirk says:

      That’s certainly not the purpose of iTunes Match. You don’t need CD quality on a mobile device, which is the main demographic.

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      • Mark says:

        Which is why, to go back to your survey question, I don’t use Match. Now, I could push back a little on your response. Feeding mobile devices is certainly ONE use case for Match, but I don’t concede it’s the only one. Having a cloud based repository for your music is certainly a viable 2nd use case and give iTunes transcoding capabilities (ie choosing the encoding when it’s xferring music to your iDevice), there’s no reason it couldn’t keep bit perfect copies in the cloud, but deliver policy based transcoded copies to your devices. For example 256k AAC to mobile devices via wifi, 128via 3/4G, but ALAC at either CD or HD quality to an Airport express or AppleTV. Now you have a service that supports most/all audio requirements. The technology is there, the networks are largely in place, Apple is certainly building enough DC capacity, why is Apple dragging their feet on even basic CD quality audio?

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        • kirk says:

          Granted, using lossless for an Apple TV is worthwhile. But would you really need to stream that from the cloud when you’re going to have it on your computer anyway?

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