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iTunes 12, iTunes Match and “Removed” Files

Apple hasn’t said whether iTunes Match has changed at all, but I’m seeing an issue with a number of purchased tracks in my library with iTunes 12. I have about 60 tracks that show an iCloud Status of “Removed,” and which, while they are in my iTunes library on my Mac, they don’t show up […]

iTunes Match, Play Counts and Last Played Dates: It’s a Jungle Out There!

One of the promises of iTunes Match is that you can access your iTunes library from the cloud, and listen to all of your music on any computer or iOS device that’s linked to your iTunes account. For many users, this works fine, because they simply want to play random songs, or choose specific albums […]

iTunes Radio Now Totally Ad-Free for iTunes Match Subscribers

When iTunes Radio was launched, one of its features was that iTunes Match subscribers wouldn’t hear ads. But this was only the case of your device had iTunes Match turned on. So if you had an iTunes Match subscription, but didn’t want iTunes Match turned on on a specific device or computer, you’d hear ads. […]

Is iTunes Match Right for You?

iTunes Match has been around for a while now, but it’s not for everyone. In a Macworld article, I look at whether iTunes Match is right for you, for the way you listen to music, and, more importantly, the way you access data. Read some other articles I’ve written about iTunes Match: iTunes Match Still […]

iTunes Match Still Kinda Sucks

Just saying… That’s the mono version of Miles Davis’ Milestones. Which is on the iTunes Store. I added all nine CDs from the Miles Davis: The Original Mono Recordings to my iTunes Match library, and, out of 70 tracks, 51 matched and 19 were uploaded. That’s a match rate of 73%. Sure, I’ve got some […]

iTunes Match and Mastered for iTunes: Which Tracks Do You Get When Matching CDs?

Apple touts its Mastered for iTunes tracks on the iTunes Store as “Music as the artist and sound engineer intended.” Mastered for iTunes tracks are therefore supposed to sound better than tracks you rip from CDs. The basic goal of Mastered for iTunes is to provide a direct downsampling of music from 24-bit, 96 kHz […]

A Year with iTunes Match

Apple introduced iTunes Match one year ago today. To mark the anniversary, I’ve written an article for Macworld, iTunes Match: One year in, where I discuss some of the problems with Apple’s cloud service, and offer some suggestions for improvement. I also joined Macworld’s Chris Breen and Dan Moren on this week’s Macworld podcast, to […]

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 […]

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