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iTunes Match - Metadata - Best Solution?

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mracole Level 4 Level 4 (1,075 points)
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Jan 16, 2012 3:35 AM

Having completed library matching and corrected basic issues (such as missing Artwork: is there a neat way of completing the remaining Song metadata, such as Song bpm?


There are several 3rd Party services such as:


1. TuneUp ( );

2. BeaTunes ( ); and

3. Rinse ( ).


Is there a preferred route?  Will the metadata updates that result be managed correctly in iTunes Match?

iTunes 10, Windows Vista, iMatch giving inconsistent results
  • JiminMissouri Level 2 Level 2 (465 points)
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    Jan 16, 2012 4:22 AM (in response to mracole)

    Will the metadata updates that result be managed correctly in iTunes Match?

    While there have been reports of people having difficulty with updating metadata, the ones I'm most familiar w ith are those who tried to do it while a match sesssion was running, or who tried to update metadata for tracks that were in the cloud, but not local on in the iTunes library they were working in.


    iTunes match does update metadata though.


    I should have added that I've used Tuneup and my biggest issues stem from vinyl album rips where some of the songs are found, but not the actual album.  if other services have similar issues, I'd just caution that in some cases they'll do what Match sometimes does - give you track specific information, but pull it from pretty much anywhere.  This seems to be particularly the case for compilations.


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  • JiminMissouri Level 2 Level 2 (465 points)
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    Jan 16, 2012 10:13 AM (in response to mracole)

    If the question is which one will work best with iTunes Match, I don't know that the fact that you're submitting altered metadata to Match really matters. People who have been using the apps you've mentioned have for the most part been using them for a long time, well before Match came out.


    What matters is what service/app you personally think will give you the best results.  Everybody has their favorites.  My suggestion would be to take a look at each of the options you've identified, see if any of them can be ruled out based on the kind of information you want to be able to add (not all may give you BPM - Not all songs may have BPM out there to grab either, but that's something I've never dealt with).


    I have experience only with Tuneup.  I have mixed feelings about it, but it has resolved a few problems for me.  Some people like it, some don't.  My guess is that's what you'll hear about any of the others, so really you need to determine just what's important to you, see if an app will give it to you, then perhaps if there is a demo version, give it a try.

  • JiminMissouri Level 2 Level 2 (465 points)
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    Jan 16, 2012 5:46 PM (in response to mracole)

    While I have read postings stating individuals have had trouble with metadata in general, as far as my own experience, if iTunes has a field for it and data is entered properly into that field, iTunes Match copies all of the metadata.


    The real question as you pointed out, is how well does iTunes Match use that metadata if it's used to create smart playlists.   From what I have read, the overall experience has been mixed.  From my own experience, while smart playlists work fine on computers using metadata they could only be getting via iTunes match, those same playlists either are empty on IOS devices, or are populated in a manner that clearly shows the metadata isn't being read properly.


    Here are examples


    (1) A smart playlist based on text I had entered in the comments field displays fine on the computer it was set up on, as well as computer #2.  In both cases the playlist is reading the iTunes Match database, so songs that are local are mixed with songs available only in the cloud.


    This smart playlist is displaying properly on my Apple TV, which perhaps not coincidentally, is the only iOS device that supports streaming.


    However presently, this playlist is empty on the iPhone and iPad.


    (2) a smart playlist based on BPM over 60 displays on both computers and as with (1), it is clearly reading iCloud.  This playlist has not appeared on Apple TV as yet, so I don't know if it will behave identically to (1).  However it, too, is empty on the iPhone and iPad.


    (3) a smart playlist based on play count, set to show only 25 tracks displays properly on both computers and clearly is reading playcounts specific to each one.  Display of this playlist on iOS Devices has no logic to it that I can determine.


    Each IOS device does have what appear to be tracks that have been played on one device or another recently, but the list is over 1,000 songs.  Setting the music app to display only music on the device will get the track count lower, but that seems simply to be based on how many songs are locally stored.  The 25 track limit certainly isn't being honored here.  


    This issue has been documented by at least one other person who has posted to the board.


    My guess is that at this time, play counts unique to each device are not being handled properly, that some sort of aggragate attempt is being made. That there are tracks displayed all all is encouraging though.  Some sort of functionality for playlists based on play count clearly is there, just not working properly on iOS devices.


    Based on my limited testing, Apple has built in support for playlists based on metadata that iTunes has fields for, but iOS is not currently capable of handling it properly.  My guess it that it will at some point (people do use playlists extensively - for Apple to basically kill the functionality for people who "upgraded" by purchasing iTunes Match doesn't make much sense).  However if a person were needing full functionality now in order to make a purchasing decision on a metadata "enhancement" app, well Match doesn't seem to be there yet

  • JiminMissouri Level 2 Level 2 (465 points)
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    Jan 16, 2012 6:08 PM (in response to JiminMissouri)

    I should have added that clearly Apple has provided full funtionality for some of the metadata fields.  For instance, playlists based on genre seem to behave normally on all devices.

  • Mike Connelly Level 4 Level 4 (1,785 points)
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    Jan 17, 2012 8:15 AM (in response to mracole)

    I've had bad experience with Tagalicious, extremely slow and crashes very often.  I wouldn't recommend it although I don't have a suggestion for something better.


    Shame Apple won't just add the functionality to iTunes.

  • Michael Allbritton Level 6 Level 6 (16,145 points)
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    Jan 17, 2012 10:01 AM (in response to mracole)

    Also don't forget that if you used iTunes to rip a CD you can use iTunes to try to get the metadata from CDDA. Just highlight all the tracks in a ripped album, pull down Advanced > Get track names. This only works on tracks that were ripped from CD by iTunes, though.

  • truenorth2002 Calculating status...
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    Mar 12, 2012 8:01 AM (in response to mracole)

    With the iTunes 10.6 update, the problem involving iTunes Match Smart Playlist based on text (such as Comments) not appearing in iOS devices (iPad2 in particular) has now apparently been solved. However, there remains the problem of the songs appearing in random order in the iPad2.


    The problem involving Last Played and Play Counts not being updated accurately across iOS devices and Macs is still persisting. It is actually quite erratic. It takes about 48 hours for iTunes Match to deliver the updated metadata. Sometimes, it does not update at all.


    Has anyone found a workaround for this?

  • Eddie Spaghetti Calculating status...
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    Apr 3, 2013 8:14 AM (in response to Mike Connelly)

    I hope Apple takes note of these threads and fixes this problem. There might be some kind of legal issue involved since the publishing rights of lyrics and music are often held by different parties.


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