When Steve Jobs hit the stage to announce all the goodness Apple was rolling out with their new iOS 5, the feature that had me most excited was iTunes Match. This service would cost you $25 each year but provide you with one of the coolest things to hit the music industry since Napster. Only this time it’s sort of on their terms.
Here’s how it works. iTunes goes through all of your music and matches it with the iTunes Music Store library. All that music you bought on CD back in 1998, Shania Twain, Paula Cole, Savage Garden (you know who you are), and ripped at 128kbps for your computer are now available for you to download from iTunes. Only now you’ll be able to replace that sad 128kbps MP3 with a 256kbps AAC audio file, far superior if you ask me.
This even works with all that ill-gotten music you might have on your computer… As long as iTunes can find its match, you are good to go! Sounds great doesn’t it? A $25 get out of jail card that also improves quality of music in your library. Worth every penny if you ask me.
So why won’t I be using it? It was no secret that iTunes Match would cost $25 for 25,000 songs. That was announced at the Apple World Wide Developers Conference. What wasn’t announced was what would happen should you have more than 25,000 songs. I mean, if you really are a lover of music, it isn’t impossible to fathom having more than 25,000 songs right?
I have 6,637 albums adding to 33,895 songs, 93 days, 19 hours, 17 minutes and 19 seconds of music. It’s a lot of music, I know, but it’s my passion, my love, my entire allowance through junior high and into college. This is what happens if you try to buy iTunes Match with over 25,000 songs.
It really sucks. I would happily pay $50 to have coverage for up to 50,000 songs. Sadly this was probably a consolation Apple had to give to the music industry. I am probably a small percentage of the population with this problem. Of my 1,230 GB of music, 43 GB of it was purchased from iTunes and already comes with the iTunes cloud music service. 97% of my music won’t have that luxury.
A similar service is available from Music Beta by Google and Amazon Cloud Drive but both require you to upload your entire library of music which could take days or even weeks. iTunes Match is expected to take just minutes from start to finish. For me it would 248 Days 13 Hours 13 Minutes 56.48 Seconds to upload my music to Amazon or Google. That isn’t an option.
How much music do you have in your iTunes library? Will you be using iTunes Match? Do you think I am insane for having that much music?