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    Post  bigyin96 on Sat Dec 17, 2011 4:10 pm

    Apple launched iTunes Match in Britain this week but what is it and how does it work? Here is our short overview.

    Apple has launched its iTunes Match service in Britain. For £21.99 a year, users can backup their music library to Apple's cloud server. Tracks that are in the iTunes catalogue will be added automatically, without the need to upload. iTunes Match subscribers will be able to download their library to their iPod touch, iPad and iPhone.

    1. It's an easily accessible backup of your music library
    One good reason to sign up to iTunes Match is to have a backup of your iTunes library. If something happens to your hard drive or your iPhone then you'll be able to restore your library very quickly. iTunes Match will also retain your song ratings and it should match playcounts too, though some users are reporting problems with this at the moment.

    2. iTunes Match will provide high quality downloads
    When Apple matches your songs with its catalogue it will automatically upgrade them to 256 kilobits per second, even if your original was in a lower quality. If you have a lot of old MP3s that are encoded at 128kbps, or perhaps lower, then iTunes Match is a quick and cheap way to upgrade.

    3. There is a limit of 25,000 songs
    At the moment iTunes Match is limited to 25,000 songs. Any tracks that you have bought from iTunes with the account you use to sign up to Match won't count towards that total. That should be plenty of room for most people but those with larger libraries will need to prune their collection or make some decisions about what to leave out. It's not clear whether Apple will offer extra storage later. iTunes Match will not accept song files that are larger than 200MB.

    4. It's a download service, not a streaming service
    Once your music is on iTunes Match, you will be able to play your music on up to 10 devices, including a maximum of five computers. However, it is not a streaming service like, for example, Spotify. When you want to play an album, you will need to find that album in your library and then download it to the device that you want to play it on. Turning on iTunes Match on your iPhone, for example, will delete the music stored on the phone and you will need to replace it by downloading songs from your iCloud collection.

    5. iTunes Match adds some new icons
    Once you have iTunes Match enabled, a host of new icons will appear next to some of your songs. Tracks can be Waiting to be matched, Ineligible for matching or Removed from iCloud. iTunes will also tell you when there has been an error uploading a song or when the service has found a duplicate.


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