Apple introduces iTunes Match; sync your music for $24.99

Today during the WWDC keynote, Steve Jobs introduced a number of new products coming from Apple this year. Some of the new software will be available starting today, while others will officially launch later on this year.

Apple is famous for their "one more thing", and this year they introduced iTunes Match. During their announcement, Apple introduced new syncing features on their iOS 5.0 platform, and Mac OS X. The new service, called iCloud, will sync your calendars, contacts, photos, and yes, even your music.

Apple will begin syncing all of your purchases with your iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, and even Mac computer. But those were just purchases. So, Apple introduced iTunes Match that takes your existing library and allows you to sync all of that content off of iTunes cloud server.

The service will cost $24.99 a year, and will take all your music and attempt to match it with the iTunes Store, allowing you to share this across all your devices. All the music will be available in 256k AAC DRM free.

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A lot of these google commentors are missing the point. Google is only free for now and you still have to upload your music, I can't be assed to upload 100GBs of music to google.

So iTunes Match looks at my library of ripped CDs and allows me to download these songs (if Apple has them on their servers) to all my other iOS devices.

So what happens if I duplicate an MP3 album and rename it to a album I haven't got? Does iTunes Match think I now have this album and allow me to download it?

In a year Apple will have convinced the majority of the planets populace that cloud syncing was their idea. It would be nice if Amazon had a better player or if Google could work out some of the....weak areas of their sync. I've been uploading for days, not being able to only choose some playlists like with Amazon. I'll probably just give up and stick with the crappy amazon player.

think of it this way. if you get your music by alternative means, this is a way to get all of the itunes library for 25 a year as long as you keep getting music the way you have always been. the only pain in the arse is that you have to download the music twice and would be gone if you unsubcribed (im guessing, but it's DRM free, so i doubt they'll just take it away)

Fail, Massive Fail.

Let us be honest. If you ripped off larger amounts of music, why would you want to pay for it now.....every year? Especially if you can upload that ripped off music. Sure it might take a while, but let it run all night for 20 days or whatever.

rrode74 said,
Fail, Massive Fail.

Let us be honest. If you ripped off larger amounts of music, why would you want to pay for it now.....every year? Especially if you can upload that ripped off music. Sure it might take a while, but let it run all night for 20 days or whatever.

Most people have bandwidth cap.. but yes it can be made, it's just an assle..

rrode74 said,
Fail, Massive Fail.

Let us be honest. If you ripped off larger amounts of music, why would you want to pay for it now.....every year? Especially if you can upload that ripped off music. Sure it might take a while, but let it run all night for 20 days or whatever.

Where exactly I can upload my 2TB of music for 25$ or free ?

While 25$ is steep, I think it's quite convenient. I'll keep backing up my library to my external hard drive, but it's nice to have the option.

On another note, funny it took them so long

epk said,
While 25$ is steep, I think it's quite convenient. I'll keep backing up my library to my external hard drive, but it's nice to have the option.

On another note, funny it took them so long

i think it's dirt cheap for someone who does nothing but pirate their music and can now get a legal itunes version of it.

The $25/year is ONLY if you want the music that you did not purchase off of iTunes music store to be available via the iCloud. You can still use the sync'ing capability of iTunes to sync (via WiFi apparently now) to your i-Device any music you have there already. All other iCloud features are free.

For people who want to use iTunes Match to upgrade some of their songs to 256kbps AAC file, I suspect that they would only have to "subscribe" for 1 year, download all the higher quality files and then cancel the subscription.

So what they're saying is it'll take your music collection and let you download AAC versions as if you just got them off itunes? WOW, now I'm incredibly suprised any music publishing groups agreed to that. Haha, brilliant idea, go rip a song off youtube, pay $25 for a year and get all the low quality rips converted into 256Kbps AAC files!

n_K said,
So what they're saying is it'll take your music collection and let you download AAC versions as if you just got them off itunes? WOW, now I'm incredibly suprised any music publishing groups agreed to that. Haha, brilliant idea, go rip a song off youtube, pay $25 for a year and get all the low quality rips converted into 256Kbps AAC files!

But if you stop paying for it you lose access to the tracks? That's the way I understand it. Quite cheap! Spotify let's me sync local tracks as part of the £10 monthly fee.

bbfc_uk said,

But if you stop paying for it you lose access to the tracks? That's the way I understand it. Quite cheap! Spotify let's me sync local tracks as part of the £10 monthly fee.

Considering the tracks can be re-downloaded once the matches are free and in their announcement it was "256kbps AAC DRM free" I think you can keep them (the downloaded files) even if you stop with the subscription. But you probably won't have access to re-download the files once the subscription expires (I suspect).

I don't think this fixes the problem of not enough space on your iDevice, from my understanding this just allows you to sync not stream which means there is still a local copy on the device...

Bertch said,
I don't think this fixes the problem of not enough space on your iDevice, from my understanding this just allows you to sync not stream which means there is still a local copy on the device...

That was the impression I got from this too . Not terribly useful if you ask me. Might as well upload your music to Dropbox or something else that allows streaming.

This seems like a rip off to me honestly. Should something like this really be a paid service? Especially when you're already paying a premium for the music player and it's surely going to be generating traffic to their music store...

It just seems to me that Apple is trying to build lucrative businesses around things like this and MobileMe that others are offering at no cost.

M_Lyons10 said,
This seems like a rip off to me honestly. Should something like this really be a paid service? Especially when you're already paying a premium for the music player and it's surely going to be generating traffic to their music store...

It just seems to me that Apple is trying to build lucrative businesses around things like this and MobileMe that others are offering at no cost.

What did you expect? It's Apple

M_Lyons10 said,
This seems like a rip off to me honestly. Should something like this really be a paid service? Especially when you're already paying a premium for the music player and it's surely going to be generating traffic to their music store...

It just seems to me that Apple is trying to build lucrative businesses around things like this and MobileMe that others are offering at no cost.

So dump your iPod & get something else then!

Xenon said,
I was really hoping for a new version version of iTunes. It is terrible for windows.

Really? Never had a problem with it in windows.

It is terrible indeed
on Mac OS X, it's really nice, but not for Windows .. so many errors, slow overal performance of iTunes, cover flow is not 'smooth', syncing is slow, databases are 50GB+, ...

warwagon said,

Really? Never had a problem with it in windows.

It's a shame really because iPod Touch is a great device for music (not a phone) but the Zune software is way better than iTunes. iTunes really does suck in general. Zune does a better job with the library.

Azies said,
Pointless, already a Google Music user, guess how much that costs?

You can't compare these services.
Google music is s***t (and so is Amazon's). I have 2TB of music files, can I upload it to Google music to listen anywhere, for free ?

Maybe they'll do a quality upgrade in september with the iTunes event, it was rumored not so long ago. I wouldn't count on lossless though, it looks like Apple isn't going to push it unfortunately.

Lord Venom said,
No kidding. I wish they'd have Apple Lossless as an option for songs from the iTunes Store in the first place. Oh well.

With iTunes Cloud, that won't be a problem anymore.

SuperZod said,
lol Apple Lossless would be upgraded to 256 Kbps AAC, how's that an upgrade?

How many lossless tunes do you want on your phone? :-S

Upgrade was the wrong word to use in most cases, but I think he refers to pikey MP3 at 128.

Septimus said,

How many lossless tunes do you want on your phone? :-S

Upgrade was the wrong word to use in most cases, but I think he refers to pikey MP3 at 128.


Allot freak. I only bleive in studio quallity if I can get my hands on it, otherwise Flac files preserve my colection. I never store anything on my phone, everything is on a network HDD where I can access anywhere with a connection. My android phone connects flawlessly.

jesseinsf said,

Allot freak. I only bleive in studio quallity if I can get my hands on it, otherwise Flac files preserve my colection. I never store anything on my phone, everything is on a network HDD where I can access anywhere with a connection. My android phone connects flawlessly.

He is right though as he was talking about storing them on a phone, not on a network drive, which is ok. No one listens to lossless music on a mobile device in "studio quality" if they've got a few brain cells. I love flac as well... on my computer connected to a quality sound system via a dedicated soundcard. I would never even consider uploading 50-100MB/each files to a mobile device, it's just plain stupid. I especially like when someone brags about always listening to lossless files, then plugs his default headset and listens to music in loud traffic...

jesseinsf said,

Allot freak. I only bleive in studio quallity if I can get my hands on it, otherwise Flac files preserve my colection. I never store anything on my phone, everything is on a network HDD where I can access anywhere with a connection. My android phone connects flawlessly.

Grow the **** up you little bitch. What was the useless insult for?

Man this site has attracted some utter ****wits.

the420kid said,
shame music.google.com was just beta'd. They do all this for $0.00.

sorry Stevie Jobs - back to the drawing board.

And will probably remain in Beta for the next several years, lol.

the420kid said,
shame music.google.com was just beta'd. They do all this for $0.00.

sorry Stevie Jobs - back to the drawing board.

And you'll have to upload your entire library

the420kid said,
shame music.google.com was just beta'd. They do all this for $0.00.

sorry Stevie Jobs - back to the drawing board.

And you'll have to upload your entire library

the420kid said,
shame music.google.com was just beta'd. They do all this for $0.00.

sorry Stevie Jobs - back to the drawing board.


Till the recording studios file an injunction against Google for not talking it over with them before releasing it.
And Google Music is only on Android right now and I don't see Apple accepting them into the App Store at all.

They were very clear in saying it's free *for the beta period* - I highly doubt they'll have it free after that.

Simon said,
They were very clear in saying it's free *for the beta period* - I highly doubt they'll have it free after that.

But Google has a history of keeping things in Beta for a long time. So no biggie I have two a Google music invites so I can store my 40,000 mp3s on the "AndroidCloud". Thank god for Google's eternal Beta projects.

This is directly from music.google.com

<<Music Beta is available free for a "limited time">>

For those who think it is a FREE service.. It is NOT and will probably have a price tag...

Sounds pretty fantastic! My big problem at the moment is the limited capacity on my iphone for music - spotify has somewhat helped with that but being able to access all my songs is definitely a good value proposition. Especially at that price!

empty said,
Sounds pretty fantastic! My big problem at the moment is the limited capacity on my iphone for music - spotify has somewhat helped with that but being able to access all my songs is definitely a good value proposition. Especially at that price!

The music is still stored locally on your phone, unlike Spotify. Look at it more like Dropbox for iTunes.

I guess for a select few with really large ripped libraries this might be somewhat of a deal. The only trouble is that a lot of people would probably rather upload their own music.