iTunes Match: One year in
Posted 14 November 2012 - 04:28 AM
The most annoying one is that is seems like iTunes Match just 'hangs' at matching the remaining 200-300 tracks in my 10.000 track library. Newly ripped and added CD's (yes, I'm one of those people that still buy CD's) are matched almost immediately. But still, I keep tracks unmatched from, mostly, 'obscure' albums that are available in the iTunes Store. These 200-300 tracks don't get matched, whatever I try (there are a lot of workarounds on the internet I tried).
When iTunes tries matching these tracks, I have the feeling iTunes Match 'hangs'. You can play songs through iTunes. But when I want to quit iTunes, it just won't quit. The only way is to Force Quit iTunes. Having done that, and relaunching iTunes it always complains about the iTunes store and I have to sign out and sign in again to get everything working again (after adding my computer to iTunes Match again).
None of this happens when iTunes Match is not running.
Posted 14 November 2012 - 05:00 AM
Some have suggested that shutting off simultaneous downloads may prevent this. But that doesn't help when a not-insignificant number of files already downloaded are truncated.
Posted 14 November 2012 - 05:35 AM
Posted 14 November 2012 - 05:47 AM
Also hate that I lost ability to manage songs on iPhone. If I know for a fact I won't listen to something on my mobile device, I should be able to delete it.
Posted 14 November 2012 - 05:59 AM
Posted 14 November 2012 - 07:32 AM
But it would be nice to be able to attempt to ‘re-match’ some albums as I’ve noticed a lot of peculiar cases where albums partially match. In some cases this can be down to changes in versions of the albums - where presumably the record company has changed something enough to prevent a match, but in others there doesn’t seem to be any rational reason that I can see.
Posted 14 November 2012 - 08:54 AM
Posted 14 November 2012 - 09:16 AM
Posted 14 November 2012 - 09:17 AM
But the Spotify client drives me up the wall. "Want to listen to music? Ok, let me just block your entire upload bandwidth, so everything else will come to a stand-still."
Little Snitch can intercept most of this, but man alive. I really hope Apple is working on something.
Posted 14 November 2012 - 09:36 AM
Copy lower bitrate tracks over the cloud.
I have a whole bunch of speaking tracks, all ripped at an insanely low bitrate. I understand that these can't be matched, but I want them on the iPhone. What's my path to get them there, other than returning to syncing my music library?
At the moment, I could get around this by converting them to higher bitrate. Then iTunes Match would copy them over. It just means more storage on my Mac, more bandwidth to get them over, and (if I store rather than stream) more storage on my iPhone. And, of course, lower quality due to lossy compression.
Posted 14 November 2012 - 10:01 AM
Posted 14 November 2012 - 10:43 AM
Update the Music app for iPad!!! There should be a way to display playlists, artists & albums as text-only lists. Those of us with many playlists and/or large music libraries suffer using iTunes Match and the graphic-only options available in the Music app for iPad. The app becomes unusable when in areas where mobile signals are weak forcing users to disable the service. Sometimes this works, but sometimes you are stuck with a spinning loading icon and no way to play your music - downloaded or not.