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For you nutjobs who insist on Apple Lossless, yes you Ron! =p


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#1 of 10 OFFLINE   TonyD

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Posted April 06 2012 - 04:07 PM

iTunes Match. I bought it and for the music I love it but now the is an apparent problem moving the lyrics that I put in on itunes over through the Match on my iphone. Just went through most of the "A's" and added a ton of lyrics but they dont move over on Match. I also am missing a bunch or album art. From what I could find Apple hasnt responded to this yet.
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#2 of 10 OFFLINE   Sam Posten

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Posted April 06 2012 - 04:44 PM

If it matches your song it doesn't upload your unique ripof it...

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Posted April 06 2012 - 05:44 PM

Fanbois? Anyway if you pay that much as in that example it is simply dumb.
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#4 of 10 OFFLINE   Sam Posten

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Posted April 07 2012 - 05:26 AM

Wha? What example? I'm just saying that: -my understanding is that lyrics are added to the metadata of songs instead of as a sidecar file, this creates a unique file which is both a bit of a hack and a bit dangerous. -iTunes match saves on bandwidth by, ya know, matching, so unique files don't get uploaded to preserve lyrics

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Posted April 07 2012 - 06:18 AM

I'm curious how this Match process works.

I know that when I rip a CD, iTunes goes to the net to look up the track listings. I'm also aware that for older albums, many of these track listings were 'user' supplied, not studio supplied (I believe that it was originally CDDB or Gracenote). And the problem with 'user' supplied information, is that it could be inaccurate, incomplete, or at the very least inconsistent. (I have multiple soundtrack/broadway albums where every Artist is listed as "Original Cast" instead of the actual singer). In many cases I've often been given choices of which listings to use (due to the fact that more than one person supplied the information). Fortunately iTunes allows us to 'correct' the information using the INFO feature.

iTunes also allows you to have multiple copies of the same song - and you can modify the information to make them look different - whether it is from a different album or what.

Also, some songs have multiple titles. The 'official' title, and the more well know common title. For example, Harry Belafonte had a huge hit with The Banana Boat Song, but most people know it as Day-O.


My question about Match is how does it determine if the song in your iTunes collection is the same as Apple's version? If you've cleaned up the information - either to correct it, or to be consistent with your own preferences, can it still be found by Apple if the Information doesn't match the track listing database on the net?

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Posted May 01 2012 - 05:13 AM

Spoiler alert:

We came away from the process learning that it absolutely is possible to improve the quality of compressed iTunes Plus tracks with a little bit of work, that Apple's improved compression process does result in a better sound, and that 24/96 files aren't a good format for consumers.


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Posted May 14 2012 - 09:46 AM

Good news for us lossless lovers:  
At some point Apple snuck in the feature I've spent years waiting for: ability to generate 256 Kbps AAC on the fly from Apple Lossless when synching portable devices. (That feature has existed at 128 Kbps for a while, but I wanted the higher bit rate). This means I no longer need to keep two copies of much of my music -- making the iOS iTunes Apple Remote vastly more usable, saving disk space and all kinds of iTunes admin headaches.  This will cost me a bunch of time to delete the AAC stuff (I have very few AAC only things in my library, but still I don't wish to lose them by deleting all AACs wholesale -- and the "Find Duplicates" feature doesn't always work, as sometimes the AAC predates my Apple Lossless version and CDDB info for the same CDs changed over the years.)  Thank you Apple!

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Posted May 14 2012 - 10:12 AM

Hi Ted, I've never used that feature because I can hear audible quality differences at 128kbps, but I'm officially interested now that they offer 256kbps. Any idea how long it takes to convert "on the fly"? I have a library of over 12,000 songs, so while this sounds appealing, if it would turn a sync into a 24 hour affair I might not be as interested. Thanks!

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#9 of 10 OFFLINE   Ted Todorov

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Posted May 15 2012 - 09:04 AM


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Originally Posted by Carlo Medina /t/287825/for-you-nutjobs-who-insist-on-apple-lossless-yes-you-ron-p/60#post_3925669

Hi Ted,
I've never used that feature because I can hear audible quality differences at 128kbps, but I'm officially interested now that they offer 256kbps. Any idea how long it takes to convert "on the fly"? I have a library of over 12,000 songs, so while this sounds appealing, if it would turn a sync into a 24 hour affair I might not be as interested.
Thanks!

You have all 12,000 on your portable device?  


 


Here is how it works -- anytime a new song gets added *for the first time* to your iDevice, it gets converted.  I have been simply deleting the AAC versions and adding the Apple Lossless to my iPhone synch play list a few dozen albums at a time -- and the conversion happens in a manner of minutes, not hours. (2009 quadcore MacPro).  The next time I synch, it only has to convert newly added songs, not the ones it has already done.  (of course if you deleted them, and then decide to re-add them to the iDevice, it will have to convert again.)


 


The point is, even if you decide you want to do a huge number all at once, a really long synch will be just a one time affair.

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#10 of 10 OFFLINE   Carlo Medina

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Posted May 15 2012 - 11:21 AM

Thanks Ted, yeah that's what I wanted to hear. As of now I do have all 12K on a 160GB iPod Classic (20GB room left, all are 320kbps AAC). At some point I'll run out of room. But I'd also be interested when they release hopefully an iPod touch at 128GB how to shrink my collection to fit that. I know I'll have to reburn everything to ALAC (was planning on it anyway for archival reasons) and then to 256AAC but I wanted to get an idea of how long it would take.

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