Currently Being ModeratedJan 11, 2013 4:19 AM (in response to nazzman)
I have matched many old CD's going back to the 80's. Have also matched vinyl rips as well. In general, the digital copies were better than the original.
There are of course a lot of issues with trying to match old discs with new masters which often includes remixing, cleaning up tapes and possibly changing track length. This leads to some tracks being matched and others not.
This may be a simplistic view but I have partially matched my original Beatles CD's. some tracks just wouldn't match.
I do not know if the tracks were matched to the latest remaster or not. In any event, the matched songs still sounded great, much better than the original LP's which I can still play through a high quality hifi and record deck.
Give it a try - you may be surprised.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 11, 2013 4:29 AM (in response to nazzman)
Many early CDs had crappy tinny versions of songs. Many have been remastered, remixed, of course, incl. the Beatles.
So I was hoping Match uses the latest and greatest version of a song -- not just a 256 version of the outdated version on that tinny 1986 CD.
It depends on what the record label has provided Apple to sell. In most cases, yes, the latest and greatest remasters are going to be available on the iTunes Store. See The Beatles stereo remasters, Frank Zappa's recent catalog remaster, AC/DC, etc. But, if the record label has not provided aything other than a "crappy tinny" version of a song then that is what's going to be available on the store.
I'm in agreement with Jim. In some cases the tracks you have simply won't match to a store version because they are too different sonically. For example, if you've got a "crappy tinny" version of an old soul song in your library, relreased on CD in the 80's, but the version on the store is a remaster from last year I'd say chances of getting a match are probably less than 50/50. You are simply not going to get 100% of your tracks matched.
So with that in mind, if your goal is have access to your entire library on your iPhone where ever you go with internet access then iTunes Match is what you want. But if your goal is to upgrade older tracks for $25 a year then you're going to be disappointed.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 11, 2013 3:31 PM (in response to Michael Allbritton)
In some cases the tracks you have simply won't match to a store version because they are too different sonically.
Probably true, but it doesn't explain all the cases were one or two tracks from the same album ripped from the same CD aren't matched but the other tracks are matched perfectly. This is incredibly annoying when it causes noticeable quality differences between tracks when you're listening to the whole album.
I believe though that this could be solved by allowing some sort of forced match were you can request that iTunes looks again and attempts a more thorough evaluation of a songs data that hasn't matched when you think it should've.