Apple Updates – No more DRM to Songs Uploaded to the Cloud
Apple Music has always had a DRM component that sucks big time; it is just the same as most other streaming services. However, Apple will not overwrite your files on Mac in an effort to protect your music from DRM.
Apple has come up with a matching algorithm that is much better. The new matching algorithm allows for audio fingerprints matching rather than old metadata. Therefore, all tracks uploaded to iTunes from the Apple Music will stop having DRM. This means that, everything will work out just like the existing iTunes Match feature.
The Apple Music was launched late last year and brought with it a number of benefits. One of these benefits was the possibility to upload any music to cloud and access it later if at all it was available in the iTunes library. This means that, you could upload any music on cloud without necessarily buying it from Apple.
On its part, Apple would just match tracks in its library. It is important to note that, both Google and Amazon offer similar services. However, there was a problem. Apple’s music matching greatly differed from iTunes matching in the sense that it could randomly attach DRM to either of those uploads. If you have plans to remain subscribed to Apple Music forever, this might be good news for you. However, you might encounter some challenges if you decide to cancel the service. This is simply because the tracks you choose to download back to the computer will be having DRM on them.
According to Loop, this is a similar iTunes Match version that iTunes subscribers were required to make payments for as a separate subscription since Apple started providing it some years back. However, all Apple Music subscribers will receive the new iTunes Match version without having to pay more. In addition, the update takes care of all Matched songs meaning that they can be downloaded DRM-free.
Additionally, this means that people who subscribe to the Apple Music and still pay for the iTunes Match can proceed and throw away the additional iTunes Match subscription. The iTunes Match subscription currently stands at $25 per year. To ensure you are on the safe side, do not dump your iTunes Match subscription right away. Future dual users will not have to subscribe by paying the $25 per year.
It is great news to learn that, Apple is working to make the Apple Music match experience better. One main reason why most users prefer Apple Music rather than Spotify is the ease of local music accessibility. It feels great to be in a position to pull up old playlists you created years back or albums of limited edition versions that are not available in the modern streaming catalogs.
More than ever, people who subscribe to the Apple Music should consider taking advantage of this stuff without encumbering their own files in DRM. Apple has said that, it is in the process of rolling out its new match to around 2% of every day Apple Music subscribers.
Apple’s song matching feature upgrading aims to mirror capabilities provided by the iTunes Match. It is an accurate and smarter way to detect songs and it should be free to all Apple Music subscribers. The Apple Music matching is an inferior version compared to the standalone algorithm $30 yearly iTunes Match subscription. The Apple’s Music server is currently under updates so that it can be in a position to provide similar functionality.
The earlier version relied more on the metadata attached to songs. With audio fingerprinting, most complaints raised by users included live tracks replacement by recorded studio versions. Any music ripped from CDs or previously purchased will start displaying in the Apple Music as uploaded or matched without DRM application. This means that, if you delete your music accidentally from your Mac, you will be in a position to download your songs again DRM free. In addition, if you choose to download matched tracks on a different device, it will not disappear if Apple Music is cancelled.
However, any Music tracks on your iCloud Library not stored on your device will disappear. In addition, playlists or tracks downloaded using Apple Music subscription will be restricted from DRM. If you fail to upload your tracks to the iCloud Library it means that you do not own them. This means that they might disappear the moment your subscription to the Apple Music is cancelled. Bear in mind that, as a result of Apple Music integration with the iTunes Match, you will not pay for the two services anymore. If you are an Apple Music subscriber, you will receive all your iTunes Match features in your subscription.
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The Apple Music algorithm matching has been made more reliable now. It will no longer DRM-lock your uploaded music copies. It has been made better thanks to the audio fingerprints matching instead of the previous metadata. This means that, the songs you upload to the iCloud Music Library will not be having DRM anymore.