Wednesday, November 16, 2011

How to use iTunes Match


(Credit: Screenshot by Matt Elliott)

After weeks of speculation, Apple finally launched iTunes Match yesterday. For $24.99 a year, iTunes Match grants you access to a copy of your iTunes library stored in the cloud. Subscribing to and setting up iTunes Match is a snap; all you need is patience commensurate with the size of your iTunes library.

First, make sure you are running the latest version of iTunes. On a Mac, go to iTunes > About iTunes to see which version you are running. If it's not version 10.5.1, go to iTunes > Check for Updates to download and install the latest version. On a PC, you can access the About iTunes and Check for Updates menu options from the Help menu.

After upgrading to iTunes 10.5.1, you'll see iTunes Match listed under Store in the left panel. Click on it and then click the blue "Subscribe for $24.99" button. iTunes then starts scanning your library before trying to match your songs with its huge library of songs in the cloud. It then uploads the songs (and artwork) it was unable to match. Of the 6,885 songs my library, iTunes was unable to match 1,380 songs. Of course, mileage may vary.

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How to use iTunes Match
Matt Elliott
Tue, 15 Nov 2011 23:24:57 GMT

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