Download Apple iTunes Match (iTunes 10.5.1): How iTunes Match Works & How to Use iTunes Match?

By on November 15, 2011

Thanks God, after a long wait Apple finally released its well anticipated iTunes Match (iTunes 10.5.1) today. The new iTunes Match service is available for $25/year only that exclusively offers iTunes users to match their existing iTunes library in Apple’s latest iCloud. However, there is a serious mess about the usage of this newly launched service “iTunes Match” and the folks are keenly desirous to know how their music library would accommodate this “match”  when they would enable the new service. So here’s how iTunes Match works and how to use it.

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The most obvious question that comes very first to mind is how to evaluate the status of a particular song in the iCloud, Macworld offers a satisfactory reply to it; Just right-click the column bar smiling at the top of the iTunes window (or pressing Command-J) and make sure that  ”iCloud Status” is selected accordingly.

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Many thanks to a MacRumors forum user Nunyabinez who has written a detailed post on how iTunes Match works. This quite useful post answers a number of possible questions growing in the minds before if enabling the iTunes Match feature. Here are some of the major points taken and summarized by Macrumor for your convenience to know how to use iTunes Match without any trouble.

- When you enable Match it goes through a three step process. Analyzing your library, matching songs, uploading non-matched content. It does this for your whole library. You can’t choose to exclude songs other than taking them out of your library.

- If a song is matched, it becomes available to download in 256K AAC. If a song is not matched it is copied in its current format and bit rate up to 320K. If the file is Lossless however, it is converted (presumably by your computer) to a 256k AAC file and then uploaded.

Nothing happens to your local music when you run match. If you have a lower quality song that was matched you can remove it from your local library and then replace it with the 256k version. What happens is you delete the song, but the entry in iTunes stays, but a little cloud now shows up in a newly added column that shows you that you have a song that is in the cloud but not in your library. You can click on the cloud and it will download it to your local library, where again it is now permanently yours at the higher bit rate.

Match uses your meta-data. If you in an anal-retentive fashion have made lots of custom edits to your files, that is what gets copied to the cloud. Even if you replace your songs with the upgraded versions you keep your previous meta-data.

If you have still some reservations, you can read the full post for understanding the work and usage of “iTunes Match”

Earlier today, Apple released the new $25/year “iTunes Match” service (with the release of iTunes 10.5.1) which offers cloud-based matching and upload of your full iTunes libraries.

iTunes 10.5.1 is now available as a Software Update. If not received yet, you can download iTunes 10.5.1 from Apple download page too.

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