I am so happy with iTunes Match! For the first time in my life, i feel like I have real control over my music collection, no matter what device I’m using: Mac, PC, iPad, iPhone… Such a relief! I don’t have to worry about losing music and my ratings and comments and other metadata that I’m always obsessing over…
I’ve had three hard drives full of my iTunes music DIE in the past two years. The last time was about a year ago, and at that point I just gave up on trying to recreate my collection. For a few months. I just can’t seem to stop managing my collection! I just have to make sure all the track names are correct, that I’ve got album art, etc. I even have a tagging system in which I add descriptive adjectives (such as *tempo:fast *sultry *melodic *fave) to the comments field, so I can get really useful Smart Playlists.
I cannot tell you how many hours I have put in over the past ten years (essentially since before iTunes was even iTunes– anyone remember SoundJam?) obsessing over my metadata! And now I don’t have to worry ANY MORE about LOSING any of my hard work! iTunes Match keeps all my metadata, even on “Matched” tracks (which are songs that are on Apple’s servers)! I am THRILLED!
- In Praise of iTunes Match (macworld.com)