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Suggestion for future Match upgrade -- add a "force upload" function

508 Views 4 Replies Latest reply: Dec 16, 2011 6:42 AM by roebeet RSS
roebeet Level 2 Level 2 (430 points)
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Dec 8, 2011 7:39 AM

I've been using the Match service since it went GA, last month.   I have a lot of CD rips, but also some vinyl needledrops and different masterings (i.e. The Beatles in Mono) which the Match functionality really has trouble with.    In the case of the Beatles Mono, it might upload some tracks but "match" others.  So my Beatles album ends up becoming half mono / half stereo in iCloud.


This is undestandable given the technology being used, but is still very frustrating. So my suggestion to Apple developers is to create an "force upload" function to their Cloud service, with the next Match revision.  This doesn't need to be enabled by default, but make part of the dropdown for a song or album to alow the user to use their specific local version, if the Match process doesn't work to their satisfaction.


What do you think?  Good idea or waste of developer resources?   I've already called Apple support with this suggestion, but I'm assuming that they are hesitant as it might give users the ability to eat up a ton of storage space on Apple's end, if it's abused.

  • JiminMissouri Level 2 Level 2 (465 points)

    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. 


  • JiminMissouri Level 2 Level 2 (465 points)

    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.


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