A) I already upgraded all my music
B) I downloaded it all
C) Match really does not work very well and seems to be very confussing when trying to match space on devices with cloud space with backup space…
D) I only have one device now… Really is no point….
Maybe I just never got Match – or I simply did not need it or I really need 3 or more devices….
It will not be missed….
Yeah although I don't use it. I've always thought of using it to get good copies of my tracks then not renewing. Maybe I'll change my mind when I do use it.
google music is I don't know how many times better
It is simply too buggy on iOS. I don't plan on renewing either. Will test Google, Amazon or some home grown solution when my subscription expires.
+Peter Aikins That is why I joined for one year.. to upgrade all my music…
+LeGrand Johnson thats what I use and love it…
+Magnus Akselvoll I suggest Google Music.. well unless your on iOS – I used the Amazon solution but sort of gave up on that when the storage went through the roof..
Google music… MUCH better offering and doesn't cost. Offers access across multiple devices with ease. I keep one directory with all my music and update iTunes with a special tool and sync the same folder to the cloud for Google music.
The big downside to Google Music is that the upload manager is one of the worst pieces of software I've ever used. I don't know if it works the way it does because of piracy concerns or what, but it is terrible.
+LeGrand Johnson What about it is so bad? as in what it uploads from your library? I have had a few errors but overall never really had any issues…
I find iTunes Match to be very good and I get better audio files. Not sure what the beef is. Google Music is basically just storage.
It also took ages to upload all of my library and for about a month did nothing after uploading 20 songs. Just sat there giving me errors and crashing.
+Ian Eisenberg What OS?
+Brent Burzycki I'm on iOS so Google Music is not ideal. I am considering switching OS next time around though, so I want to be more platform agnostic.
Amazon seems good and the price is right. I have a Synology at home though and might go for the "private cloud" solution.
I never have any errors with my Google upload other than files which can't be used in the service. So if I have a folder with a jpg of the album art, it notifies you but uploads everything else. Also upload depends on your internet speed. I have 5000+ songs and it might take 30-40 mins, and I don't intend on listening to them all immediately anyway. 🙂
Upload manager gives you very little control of your uploads. For one thing, there is no pause capability. When uploading your entire library bogs down your internet connection for a solid week, having the option to pause the upload to get your data speeds back would be nice. Second and more importantly, it gives you very little control over what you upload. I can upload my entire library or pick by play list, but if I choose by play list and select only a few, I can't come back later and choose different playlists. I can't choose specific tracks. I can't see or modify the upload queue.
+Brent Burzycki Mac OSX (both Lion and Mountain Lion), Galaxy SIII and Galaxy Nexus.
+LeGrand Johnson You can totally control the bandwidth it uses though which to me, would be a compromise on pausing. And as for uploading by playlist, not my thing. I upload in bulk and then create playlists from there so i couldnt speak to that part of your concern. I guess the big point for me an iTunes is, it never worked the way i wanted it to work, i had to totally get into the iTunes eco system, it also never let me get access to music it had ripped (everything named some weird name to hide my own music from me), etc. So once i found i could easily keep one folder with iTunes and Google Music using the same folder, i have my system and i am set. I rarely do anything in iTunes and i rarely have to ever touch the Google music client. I pick what i want and drag and drop from itunes to ipod, and i consume everything via web, or mobile device via Google Music, perfect world for me.
If you rip a song to iTunes and you need to get to the actual file (why?) you can just drag it from the iTunes window to a finder window or the desktop. It will use the song name in the exported file.