Currently Being ModeratedDec 16, 2011 4:02 AM (in response to roebeet)
The idea has merit, though a reluctance on Apple's part to implement, as you pointed out, might be argued based on additional server commitment. However, my guess is that as the matching process improves (crossing my fingers here), the storage requirement for the same number of users would go down, not up. We read a lot more from people who want the songs to match for one reason or another than want the ability to eat up hours uploading. I suppose Apple could put some hard limit on how much could be uploaded without the user paying more, if it really came to that.
On another subject, while you've gone through pieces of it in other posts, I would like a chance to pick your brain regarding your Audacity workflow, i.e. turntable/cartridge used, phono stage/preamp, A/D converter - well the whole ball of wax. I've learned what I know through reading and by applying what I learned in radio & TV studios eons ago, so I'm sure having a dialogue with an actual human who's had better success than I in getting vinyl to match would be very helpful.
Because until I read some of your postings, I was under the assumption my limited success was better than what most were achieving, I detailed my process here.
Currently Being ModeratedDec 16, 2011 5:30 AM (in response to JiminMissouri)
No problem - I'll digest that thread and respond back there. I have a ton of needledrops but, in my case, I prefer my needledrops to the iTunes Match versions, but I can see where this warrants further dicussion.
I've also tried cassette dubs that I've had for 15 years, and have had mixed results as well. But for needledrops I only did light testing so far.
Currently Being ModeratedDec 16, 2011 5:43 AM (in response to roebeet)
Great, look forward to hearing how you go about it. I should say my desire is as more about improving my needledrops than being able to use them to access Apple's digital version, though in cases where my vinyl's not a VG+ or better, the digital may be preferable for me. My rationale is that the better I do my job, the more will match, sort of seal of approval if you will. I'd still prefer to have the option to upload vs. match. Cassettes - been wondering if anyone had given that a try. Nice to hear it's possible.
Currently Being ModeratedDec 16, 2011 6:42 AM (in response to JiminMissouri)
Thanks a very good point about badly damaged vinyl and it would be the one situation where I would probably prefer the digital iTunes Matched version over the needledrop. But of course it's also the situation where the matching is least likely to work.
Cassettes were brought up on the Steve Hoffman forums where we have one thread about iTunes Match, and the other member has had mixed results Iike I have. Probably similar issues to vinyl - tape hiss, dropouts, and playing time probably all affect the matching process.