iTunes Match Renewal Reminder Ignores Apple Music

I got an email from Apple today reminding me that my iTunes Match subscription is due to auto-renew in two weeks. Interestingly, it says a lot about using iTunes, storing music in the cloud, and listening to iTunes Radio, but makes no mention of Apple Music.

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This email is most likely the same one that was used before Apple Music was introduced. It mentions a feature that no longer exists under the same name (iTunes Radio), and neglects to mention one of the big advantages of using iTunes Match: that music you re-download from iCloud Music Library with an iTunes Match subscription does not have DRM. In fact, it assumes that the user is using only iTunes Match, and not Apple Music.

It’s true that you can use iTunes Match without Apple Music, but iTunes Match is now part of iCloud Music Library. This is one of Apple’s more confusing product matrices; once you’ve turned on iTunes Match in iTunes, the feature is nowhere to be seen.

Oh, and that first sentence; the bit that says “Keep all your music in the cloud…”? Apple still hasn’t increased the track limit from 25,000 to 100,000 as they have promised, so I can’t keep all my music in the cloud…

8 thoughts on “iTunes Match Renewal Reminder Ignores Apple Music

  1. I’m so confused. Do I need iTunes Match and Apple Music? I guess I do as I have a large library ripped from legally owned CD. Of course some of those, hopefully most, would already exist in the Apple Music library. But of course I don’t know for sure. Sorting this out sure takes the fun out of having a large music library. In fact the song limit pretty much guts having a large library.

    I recently contacted Apple and they did say they were contemplating raising the limit. I too have hit the ceiling on the number of songs allowed. In the meantime one of my major life’s pleasures is hobbled. I’m tempted to go back to CD ripping and old fashioned downloading of songs on to my Apple devices. What a synching nightmare!

  2. I’m so confused. Do I need iTunes Match and Apple Music? I guess I do as I have a large library ripped from legally owned CD. Of course some of those, hopefully most, would already exist in the Apple Music library. But of course I don’t know for sure. Sorting this out sure takes the fun out of having a large music library. In fact the song limit pretty much guts having a large library.

    I recently contacted Apple and they did say they were contemplating raising the limit. I too have hit the ceiling on the number of songs allowed. In the meantime one of my major life’s pleasures is hobbled. I’m tempted to go back to CD ripping and old fashioned downloading of songs on to my Apple devices. What a synching nightmare!

  3. I so don’t understand what is going on with iTunes Match. I do not want any more subscription services, not interested in Apple Music. Just want my music available on all my devices from the Cloud. Crap.

  4. I so don’t understand what is going on with iTunes Match. I do not want any more subscription services, not interested in Apple Music. Just want my music available on all my devices from the Cloud. Crap.

  5. This may sound trite but it’s inevitable in a huge company like Apple that things like this get overlooked. It’s actually incredible that Apple has the overall excellent product quality that they do given the size of the company; A testament more to the quality of employee I would guess, than to the rigour of the organizational structure. It is strange though that two very closely related disciplines within the Apple eco-system aren’t talking to each other more closely reading this obvious omission and pretty serious error that you have pointed out.

  6. This may sound trite but it’s inevitable in a huge company like Apple that things like this get overlooked. It’s actually incredible that Apple has the overall excellent product quality that they do given the size of the company; A testament more to the quality of employee I would guess, than to the rigour of the organizational structure. It is strange though that two very closely related disciplines within the Apple eco-system aren’t talking to each other more closely reading this obvious omission and pretty serious error that you have pointed out.

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