iTunes Match finally rolled out in Canada
A service that lets iTunes ‘match’ practically all the songs in your library with high-quality files is now available to Canadians, a few weeks after our friends south of the border had access to it.
iTunes Match works by scanning the music library on your computer for equivalent, or ‘matching’ songs from Apple’s music store.
After the songs are matched, you can download the high-quality 256 kbps DRM-free versions of your song if the same thing is found in the iTunes store. If not, your song will be uploaded to their servers and available for you to play later.
The big thing here, however, is that you can play all your on all your Apple devices, like your Mac Book, iPhone, iPod, iPad, Apple TV, well – you get the idea.
So even if you only have a 16 GB iPod that can’t fit all your songs, the rest of your collection can be streamed to it over a wireless Internet connection.
This convenience is not free - the service will cost $27.99 a year. There’s also the other hidden cost of your bandwidth limit.
Ideally, iTunes Match would find the equivalent of you songs online. But if it can’t, it’ll have to send your music to their servers over the web, which is over your Internet connection. This could end up taking a few days, according to GigaOM.
And if you want to stream this music to your mobile device on a small 3G data plan, you could be hit with extra fees. Over WiFi, however, it shouldn’t be an issue.
But for many, the convenience is worth it, especially if many of your songs are low-quality MP3 files.
Will you sign up for iTunes Match?
- Maurice Cacho, MSN Tech & Gadgets