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itunes Match is a streaming service after all?

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mrx5 Calculating status...
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Feb 11, 2012 11:15 AM

There are many discussions here about the inability of Apple itunes match stream, and thus save iDevice memory, content to you.

 

Well, here is what apple intended, from the itunes support page:

 

Once your music is in iCloud, you can stream and store it on any of your devices. Even better, all the music iTunes matches plays back from iCloud at 256-Kbps AAC DRM-free quality — even if your original copy was of lower quality.

 

Maybe they meant you can download...

 

Either way, I was very hopeful to make match work. Better content wuality, backup and streaming. I do not thing this works as advertised and after a month I am giving up on using it. Great idea though, perhaps next year.

 

Next time let's make the workings more transparent and the service "it just works."

  • Jiri Krecek Level 4 Level 4 (1,080 points)
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    Feb 11, 2012 11:22 AM (in response to mrx5)

    Only half the truth. Whether it streams or downloads depends on what device you listen!

     

    On Apple TV, you will only stream

    On your Mac with Match turned on, you can stream

    On iPod outside of your home network, it will download and the streaming will last only during the time the song is being downloaded in the background - so it is not a pure stream as you have to delete the songs off of the device afterwards.

     

    My service works great.

    Matched 14,000 songs

    Uploaded 1,000

    Works flawlessly for me

    I import a new album and match kicks in 2 minutes later

     

    Best $25 ever spent!

    I lost part of my music due to crashed external drive and now, I don't even worry about losing music anymore...

  • Jiri Krecek Level 4 Level 4 (1,080 points)
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    Feb 11, 2012 11:25 AM (in response to mrx5)

    this is off of Apple's Match FAQ site:

    Does iTunes Match stream or download songs?
    On a computer, any songs stored in iCloud will stream over the air when played, though you can download them at any time by clicking the iCloud download button. iOS devices will start playing tracks from iCloud as they download and will store them so that you can listen to them later even if you don’t have a network connection. Apple TV only streams songs.

  • mracole Level 4 Level 4 (1,075 points)
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    Feb 11, 2012 1:48 PM (in response to mrx5)

    Streaming is possible on Computers and the Apple TV.  iDevices will download each Song as it is played.  These are both deliberate design decisions in the current iTunes Match - it is true that some of the advertising material over promises - a pity since the service works extremely well.

  • Michael Allbritton Level 6 Level 6 (16,190 points)
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    Feb 11, 2012 2:05 PM (in response to Jiri Krecek)

    Just a slight clarification on the FAQ question Jill posted....

     

    It is not entirely accurate since iTunes Match does not change the default location of the iTunes library. So while the local files are present on the HDD and in the iTunes library those are the files that will be played. There are two ways to stream music in iTunes.

     

    1. Delete all the music from the iTunes library so only the tracks in the cloud are in the library.

    2. Create a new, empty iTunes library, enable iTM on that library and then only the tracks in the cloud will be available.

     

    By default iTunes Match does not magically start streaming to iTunes just by enabling it. This is probably what leads to so much confusion and people thinking they can stream their library in iTunes without changing anything.

  • Jiri Krecek Level 4 Level 4 (1,080 points)

    Michael,

    I agree, but..

     

    You can do this without wiping any library - you simply need the other person's ID and password for their Match.

    I have all music on my mini and matched in iCloud

    I can take my wife's Macbook, log from it into my iTunes Match account and stream. Match supports up to 10 devices to share the music on.

    Apple Tv will always stream

    iOS portable devices will always download

    iTunes desktops will either download, stream or pley their own stored music.

     

    There are caveats and possibilities to this.

    Not only does the device make a difference, also whether you are on your home network or outside makes difference as well because you can stream music from your iTunes computer to your iOS device, if you are on your home network!!!

  • Michael Allbritton Level 6 Level 6 (16,190 points)
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    Feb 11, 2012 3:37 PM (in response to Jiri Krecek)

    Jiri Krecek wrote:

     

    You can do this without wiping any library - you simply need the other person's ID and password for their Match.

    Sure, but there are restrictions on how often you can switch between iTunes Store account IDs with iTunes Match enabled. You can only switch every 90 days, so this really isn't how Apple intends the service to be used.

     

    Jiri Krecek wrote:

     

    There are caveats and possibilities to this.

    Not only does the device make a difference, also whether you are on your home network or outside makes difference as well because you can stream music from your iTunes computer to your iOS device, if you are on your home network!!!

    Yes, but this has nothing to do with iTunes Match. What you are talking about is Home Sharing, which works independently of iTunes Match. Turn off iTM on all devices and it is still possible to stream music all over your home wireless network using Home Sharing.

  • b_cohen Calculating status...
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    May 3, 2012 1:08 PM (in response to mrx5)

    I personally would like to see Apple update iTunes Match to a TRUE streaming feature.  The definition of streaming is to "play" content on the fly.  As the content is being received by the device, it is being stored in cache memory.  The iPhone (or iTunes Match) is not doing this...it is perminently saving the content onto your device's memory - until you swipe to delete the song from your device.

     

    It is somewhat funny if you look at it....

    As Jiri said above, if you are logged in to listen to your iTunes Match (cloud) songs on your AppleTV or Mac, then it does stream.  This is true.  With the AppleTV, it has to stream as it doesn't have a hard drive.  On the other hand, your Mac probably has a big hard drive (which is capable of downloading the song(s)).  I think Apple should have reversed their logic.  All iOS devices (and AppleTV) should stream; while the Mac's should download.

     

    We will see what WWDC 2012 brings us!

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