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I think the only thing you lose is the ability to stream music on other devices. All the music that you re-download is yours. I've heard of people using it to update old CD rips, then canceling the service.
Theoretically you will be matched with unprotected AAC files, so everything you have on your device will continue to work … I guess you will lose access to the online matching after that.
Discussed on MacBreak Weekly yesterday… as part as Andy Ihnatko's "Lion Tip": http://wiki.twit.tv/wiki/MacBreak_Weekly_274
Ok I need to listen to that…. what a nightmare it seems…. I just read a forum post that is 25 pages long with nothing but issues and endless questions….
Anything that requires 25 pages of posts must have some major issues….
+Brent Burzycki – Here's the link to the podcast episode: http://twit.tv/show/macbreak-weekly/274
I am curious myself. I am wondering if its possible to match all the songs on my computer within the cloud, and then delete them locally from my computer's hard drive. Note: I likely will NOT do that, but I'm just wondering in case something catastrophic happens and I lose all my files locally.
+Tarik Abdel-Monem I do not think the service is supposed to be used as backup per say – but let's say your computer blew up…you could recover the songs that were uploaded or were matched in the cloud..
But I think if it looks as I see it.. I could pay for one year.. match my entire library and download high quality versions of everything.. then push it all to google music….done – high quality copies on two services and not use itunes anymore…
That's a great idea! I wonder if apple will do something "Sony-like" to prevent people from doing that. I have over 50 GBs of music – the vast majority of which I burned from CDs.
Attention – AAC will be transcoded to MP3 … so it's not as easy…
+Frank Neulichedl Are you saying the match will be MP3?
no – the match will be an AAC from Apple – and if you (as someone suggested) upload them to Google Music they will be converted to mp3 with a quality loss.
+Frank Neulichedl got it… I guess i would rather have lower quality than lose my music in a nightmarish computer explosion….
That said.. I do not trust any service.. I have things backed up in multiple locations…