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It's a tad later than Apple's original "end of October" launch window, but the company has now officially rolled out its iTunes Match service to everyone with the iTunes 10.5.1 update. That will let you sync up your entire music collection with iCloud -- including songs and albums you've ripped from CDs -- which you can then listen to on any compatible device (i.e. an Apple device or a Windows PC with iTunes). In the case of songs already offered through iTunes, your music will simply be matched up with the tracks already available, and anything not offered will be uploaded, with everything offered in the usual DRM-free 256kbps AAC files. As expected, that convenience comes at a cost -- the service will run you $24.99 a year. You're also limited to 25,000 songs, although iTunes purchases don't count against that limit.


http://www.engadget.com/2011/11/14/itunes-match-goes-live-sync-up-your-entire-music-collection-for/
 
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What is this i don't even....

OT: Google Music FTW!!!
This should really be free IMO...
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I'm going to check this out after work today. I think its a cool idea, and great for people with all their devices in the closed loop of apple. I think its worth a try if I find I dont really use it enough I will cancel after a year.
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does it also sync all of my music that wasn't bought from itunes?
    
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$25 a year sounds like a good deal. If I still had my iPod I'd probably get this.
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does it also sync all of my music that wasn't bought from itunes?

That's the idea. iCloud syncs music you bought from iTunes for free, but you can use this service for music in your library that came from other sources.
Edited by CJRhoades - 11/14/11 at 8:00pm
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It's not a terribly long process to complete. I ran it on my Mac and it's currently going on my PC (roughly 13K songs. I suspect a lot of duplicates and other naming problems because a lot of earlier music from 5+ years ago probably isn't tagged properly. Going to be a long process getting it straight. $2/month for this service is certainly worth it.
 
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I suspect a lot of duplicates and other naming problems because a lot of earlier music from 5+ years ago probably isn't tagged properly.

I assumed they would use more than tags to determine the songs. Figured they would have some sort of algorithm to scan the data and match it.
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While not priced bad, especially for a service that takes the hassle of backing up manually, I use Google Music. It's free. And I can play my music on any device that has a webrowser, anywhere, anytime.
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I assumed they would use more than tags to determine the songs. Figured they would have some sort of algorithm to scan the data and match it.

They do, it plays the first certain amount of the song and compares it to the library. There was a write up about it somewhere.
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While not priced bad, especially for a service that takes the hassle of backing up manually, I use Google Music. It's free. And I can play my music on any device that has a webrowser, anywhere, anytime.

I like google music on my android devices it works great, but iOS devices not so much, which is obviously apples doing but that's the way it is. Also does google music give you a DRM free "high quality" version of your song to use on the cloud? I remember having to upload everything into their server. Not dogging Google Music mins you I like and use the service.
Edited by Robitussin - 11/14/11 at 8:28pm
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I don't always use itunes, but when i do, i don't.

I don't see much use for this. Don't people already carry around their music? $25/yr isn't too bad of a price, though. The cloud is a lie.
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