Apple Music have improved their iTunes Match function on Apple Music after the less-than-successful software failed to correctly integrate personal music libraries.
Before today iTunes Match was a bit of a mess. It used metadata to match up songs from users’ iTunes libraries and integrate them into their Apple Music libraries. However with some surprisingly inaccurate software for the giant tech company, Apple, the feature didn’t work all that well, with examples including songs being replaced by alternate version.
Thankfully now Apple have listened to user complaints and improved iTunes Match, even if it has been a year coming. Using audio fingerprinting iTunes Match can now detect your tracks much more accurately to find and sync it with your Apple Music libraries. iTunes Match is available to Apple Music users at no cost but will still cost a subscription price for non-Apple Music users.
Users who have access to iTunes Match can tell by a ‘Matched’ label on their iCloud Status on iTunes. According to reports any tracks that had been incorrectly synced to Apple Music libraries in the past will be replaced with their appropriate version using the new audio fingerprint powered iTunes Match.
With the update Apple are also ending DRM (Digital Rights Management) over users’ personal music libraries which restricted what users could do with their music files. Before now Apple applied this to all music files downloaded from the iCloud regardless of whether it was a copy or a downloaded track. Now DRM will only be applied to files directly purchased from iTunes or downloaded on Apple music and not personal music added to iTunes or uploaded to the iCloud.
The updates are being slowly rolled out to “1 to 2 percent” of it’s users every day, so the changes should take effect to Apple Music users within the next month or two. You will be able to tell once you’ve received the update as “Matched” will show up in your iTunes’ iCloud status bar.