iTunes Match Feature I’d Like to See: CD Matches

While I have some issues with iTunes Match – notably the fact that it doesn’t match very well – I was ripping some CDs today, and realized that there is one feature that could be very useful.

I got a 39-disc set of Opera Baroque, from Harmonia Mundi, and had to spend a long time ripping the CDs. Wouldn’t it be great if you could insert a CD on your computer, have iTunes match it, then have it added to your library without needing to rip the discs? While you’d have to download the music, it’s still less labor-intensive than ripping CDs, at least for multi-disc sets.

I can see the reason why this wouldn’t work – it’s too easy for a friend to bring their CD collection to your home, and for you to insert one CD after another, matching them, then downloading the tracks. But since you could also just rip that friend’s CDs, it’s not that much of a difference, other than the time saved.

You may ask why I am buying box sets of music on CD rather than from the iTunes Store or Amazon? It turns out – paradoxically – that most classical box sets are much cheaper than they are by download. This set costs £57 from Amazon UK; it’s not available from Amazon US, nor is it available by download. Even when classical sets are available by download, they are often cheaper on CD. Go figure.

14 thoughts on “iTunes Match Feature I’d Like to See: CD Matches

  1. The Perahia are a great choice. Extremely tasteful and well-balanced, throughout the oeuvre (very impressive, since Mozart’s style and manner, his whole notion of what a piano concerto is, changes so drastically in the course of his lifetime).

    • I actually bought two sets – I couldn’t decide between the Perahia and the Bilson/Gardiner set with original instruments and fortepiano, so I bought both.

  2. The Perahia are a great choice. Extremely tasteful and well-balanced, throughout the oeuvre (very impressive, since Mozart’s style and manner, his whole notion of what a piano concerto is, changes so drastically in the course of his lifetime).

    • I actually bought two sets – I couldn’t decide between the Perahia and the Bilson/Gardiner set with original instruments and fortepiano, so I bought both.

  3. Amazon have introduced a similar feature to Match, called AutoRip — I wondered if you have tried it and have any comments?

    • Auto-Rip doesn’t match music; it just gives you MP3s of CDs you buy, if they’re available from Amazon’s music store.

  4. Amazon have introduced a similar feature to Match, called AutoRip — I wondered if you have tried it and have any comments?

    • Auto-Rip doesn’t match music; it just gives you MP3s of CDs you buy, if they’re available from Amazon’s music store.

  5. And a second comment. I too buy the CDs and then rip them. Not because of price, although the inconsistencies there are silly enough, but because whatever is decided in the future about licensing and rights, I now physically have possession.

    At least with Amazon they have a record of me buying the CD from them so allowing a soft copy is more consistent.

  6. And a second comment. I too buy the CDs and then rip them. Not because of price, although the inconsistencies there are silly enough, but because whatever is decided in the future about licensing and rights, I now physically have possession.

    At least with Amazon they have a record of me buying the CD from them so allowing a soft copy is more consistent.

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