7 Replies Latest reply: Nov 4, 2011 1:09 PM by user1724
user1724 Level 3 Level 3 (530 points)

I have never purchased any music from iTunes (just few videos).  I have ripped my own CD collection into 256kbps mp3s (maybe 2,000 songs about 16GB), and a have maybe a few dozen purchased mp3s from other sources.

 

With iTunes Match would I then then download these same songs as 256kbps AACs to my Mac? And are the replacements DRM free? What happens if you decide not to re-subscribe the next year, do you get to keep the AAC music files or are they disabled somehow?  They may be better quality than my mp3s, don't know.

 

And woud I need to purchase iCloud storage for this 16GB of music?  Or is that included in the $25/yr price.

 

I am trying to figure out how this works when starting with your own music.

  • 1. Re: iTunes match music, my mp3s
    user1724 Level 3 Level 3 (530 points)

    Oops, one correction.  My mp3 files that I ripped using iTunes are 320kbps, so they may be better than the iTunes Match music?

  • 2. Re: iTunes match music, my mp3s
    vazandrew Level 6 Level 6 (14,045 points)

    iTunes Match isn't released yet

     

    However it would be DRM-Free. My impression is that you keep them. iTunes purchases don't count towards storage so if this service converts them as such I would assume these wouldn't.

     

    We will have a better idea once it is rolled out.

  • 3. Re: iTunes match music, my mp3s
    user1724 Level 3 Level 3 (530 points)

    Yes, it makes sense that if the tunes are matched then they would not take any storage becuase you are really just playing the "shared" Apple copy.  Just those songs that do not match where they upload your mp3 file should take storage - that was a dumb question.

     

    I thought iTunes Match was going live on Nov 1, which is why I asked the questions on Nov 3.  But now I see it has been delayed.

  • 4. Re: iTunes match music, my mp3s
    Roger Wilmut1 Level 9 Level 9 (65,505 points)

    The idea is that music in iTunes not purchased in the Store can be uploaded to be available to all devices. The charge is $24.99 per year, limit 25,000 songs (purchases do not count towards this limit as they already exist on Apple's servers). This is not part of the 5GB free storage (or the upgraded storage you can add to that at a cost).

  • 5. Re: iTunes match music, my mp3s
    user1724 Level 3 Level 3 (530 points)

    Which leaves the real questions.

     

    Are my 320kbps mp3 files taken from the CD going to sound better or worse than Apple's 256kbps AAC files?

     

    And, can you download these to your Mac and can you keep them if you do not renew?

  • 6. Re: iTunes match music, my mp3s
    Roger Wilmut1 Level 9 Level 9 (65,505 points)

    user1724 wrote

     

    Are my 320kbps mp3 files taken from the CD going to sound better or worse than Apple's 256kbps AAC files?

    Theoretically a bit worse because you're cascading different compression methods, but only you can say whether you find any difference significant. Try converting a few tracks locally and see what you think.

  • 7. Re: iTunes match music, my mp3s
    user1724 Level 3 Level 3 (530 points)

    Roger Wilmut1 wrote:

     

    user1724 wrote

     

    Are my 320kbps mp3 files taken from the CD going to sound better or worse than Apple's 256kbps AAC files?

    Theoretically a bit worse because you're cascading different compression methods, but only you can say whether you find any difference significant. Try converting a few tracks locally and see what you think.

    ??? No one is cascading anything.  I have ripped (using iTunes) 320kbps mp3.  Apple is going to do the match with 256kbps ACC.

     

    The question is the ripping process used by my iTunes vs how Apples gets their digital copy, and the bit rates.

     

    I suspect it would be hard to tell the difference, but . . .