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itunes match WITHOUT copying CD to computer first?

2021 Views 10 Replies Latest reply: Dec 5, 2012 7:24 PM by Michael Allbritton RSS
pjdforums Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Dec 2, 2012 10:37 AM

Is there any way to get a CD into itunes match/itunes in the cloud WITHOUT first copying it onto my computer? Seems to me that itunes should be able to recognize the CD and immediately make the musci available in itunes match.

Mac OS X (10.6.2)
  • Jimzgoldfinch Level 5 Level 5 (4,575 points)
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    Dec 2, 2012 11:36 AM (in response to pjdforums)

    No. You need to add CD to your iTunes library. Match is set up to scan your iTunes library.



  • Michael Allbritton Level 6 Level 6 (16,190 points)

    It would be a good feature.


    What the record labels don't want you doing is borrowing all your friend's CDs, putting them in and matching them but not ripping them to to the library and getting a bunch of music for free. This way you have to go to the effort of actually ripping them.

  • Jimzgoldfinch Level 5 Level 5 (4,575 points)


    There is no quick way to add your tracks. You are at the mercy of the speed that your cd drive decides to read the tracks and add to itunes library. Not every disc reacts the same - could be very quick or very slow - depends on quality of the disc.


    I suggest you use 256kbs AAC format as match tracks will be this format. Uploaded tracks will be as originally encoded except where you use kbs greater that 320kbs - itunes will convert those tracks to 256kbs.


    You are again at the mercy on how quick match works. I would suggest that you choose CDs that you think you will get a better chance of a match i.e songs in itunes store. Proces can work quickly where most tracks are matched. Uploading does take time.


    Be patient. Imatch works well for a lot of people but is a nightmare for others.



  • Michael Allbritton Level 6 Level 6 (16,190 points)

    pjdforums wrote:


    LOL, kinda dumb since anyone who wants to steal the music will do so anyway. I have 1500+ CDs left over from DJing back in the day. Ripping them will take forever. So I guess I am being penalized for all those who steal...

    I didn't say it made sense. I was merely relaying how the record companies think.

  • Michael Allbritton Level 6 Level 6 (16,190 points)

    Alternately to Jim's suggestion, for the best possible chance at matches I'd use Apple Lossless with ripping the CDs. This will give you song files with the most information for the matching process to work with. However, if these are all custom mix CDs (as you say in a previous post) I highly doubt any of the tracks will match. Most of them will probably upload.

  • Michael Allbritton Level 6 Level 6 (16,190 points)

    iTunes Match works on individual songs.


    The service matches mainly by the waveform of the song, or its "sonic footprint." So if you are ripping a CD, especially an older one giving the software enough data/information to work with is important. ALAC will give the software every bit of data that is on the CD to work with. Whereas AAC or MP3, which are both lossy formats, throw away bits of the songs to compress the files.


    I'm not saying ripping as ALAC will result in 100% matches, but it will increase the chances that tracks will match.


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