Obviously it's too soon to say for sure - I haven't had much time to test out how iOS 6 works in this regard - but it's entirely possible that apple has fixed one of the real problems with the streaming in iTunes Match.
All streaming music players cache the files behind your back. They're supposed to delete them automatically too, but under iOS 5 iTunes Match was a little weak in this area, so being able to delete tracks was a way to compensate manually for something that should have been automatic.
If that's been fixed and the tracks get deleted automatically now, why would you need to delete them manually? Keep in mind that with other streaming players you can't even see if the tracks get deleted or tell how long they're staying around - they work on the premise that out of sight is out of mind.
SJ0386 - you can still do that, but there's now two extra steps.
Instead of just tapping the songs you want to download you currently have to do it this way:
1. Make a new playlist
2. tap the songs you want to play
3. tap the cloud icon at the bottom of the playlist.
Instead of making a new playlist every time, I just re-use the same playlist over and over (clear the songs, then add new ones) so I don't end up with lots of extra playlists.
I HATE the way I tunes match now works and liked it much better the way it worked when it was rolled out. I think this is now a ridiculous feature and am super ****** I payed 25 bucks for this pice of frustrating junk. I'm hoping this was an oversight on apples part and they will be restoring it on a future update. If not they will definitely be losing my patronage. To apple I'm super disappointed with this feature now it worked great before, and if you are going to change something to this degree why not give a heads up to your customers it is condescending and rude not to do so
Agree 100%. I have iPad 3 and iPhone 4 both now upgraded to iOS6. First problem was the all the music vanished from both and on Phone only ever showed up as play time of 0:00. after much fiddling I got this fixed (no help from Apple). And now I'm as frustrated with you on the "improvements". A particularly frustrating example... I bought a "deluxe" album from iTunes which included a video... because i can't delete a specific track from the phone, every time i play the album, the video also plays as the final track... I don't want the video taking up room on my phone..
Like others in this thread I previously loved iTunes Match and now find it all but useless... i'll be going back to my cord and canelling the subscription.
Awful, awful awful.
Apple ... what were you thinking, and why did you mess up your product so badly?
Why are you screwing over those who are the most devoted, who paid for an extra?
Really. Could this be more frustrating:
You download a great new album!
You want to listen to it on your iPhone!
Oh wait, your iPhone is full. Over capacity. AND YOU SPEND AN HOUR TRYING TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO GET SONGS OFF YOUR IPHONE, reading every forum and every trick to somehow make the product work the way it should. Trying to clear some space for that great new album you just got!
But it still doesn't.
... frustrated, you end up deleting the whole library. Because there seems to be no other way to clear space.
But "use cellular data" is back on, so it downloads when you're out.
And your phone bill is now $300 because you live in Canada and the data caps are so low.
Great. Now I paid over $350 to get my music I already own onto the phone.
At this point, the old USB seems like a better option. Or even the firewire 400. Longing for the days of my 10 gig iPod with a FireWire cable.
Thanks. So much for "positive user experience".
Easy to buy music, hard to get it on to your device. But as long as I've already given you my money, who cares right?!