STATES CHRONICLE – As people’s dissatisfaction with some of Apple’s products began to grow out of control, the company finally did something they promised they’d do this summer: Apple raises limits to 100,000 for iTunes Match and iTunes Music Library.
With technology developing as rapidly as it is, you have to do make some sacrifices in order to stay ahead. That is why companies like Google or Microsoft offer a large part of their products for free. Such was never the case with Apple, and this was made obvious by their declining revenue over the course of the past year.
Apple’s iCloud Music Library is a collection of music that uses two online services – Apple Music and iTunes Match.
The iTunes Match service provides a number of slightly useful features, for $24.99 a year. The program scans your iTunes library and gives you access to the songs they already have on their servers. Besides that, it also uploads whatever songs you have but they don’t to their servers, allowing other users access to them.
Apple Music also provides a very similar feature, but slightly less useful. The songs are DRM-locked, so even though you already own them, if you cancel your $9.99 or $14.99 a month subscription, you will lose access to the songs.
These products offer the user a not so wide variety of services, however people were happy with most of the limitations. Except for one – the very limited number of songs allowed in your library.
You could only have 25,000 songs at a time in your library, a limitation that turned away most users from Apple’s services.
After Eddy Cue, the company’s Senior Vice President of Internet Software and Services promised this summer that the library provided by their services will increase its maximum allotted number of songs by the end of the year, people were happy. But come December, and the library remained just as limited.
Starting today, however, Apple has finally made good on its promise, and increased the number of songs threefold. Yes, now you can have 100,000 songs in your iTunes Match and iTunes Music Library.
Compared to the previous number, the change is huge. However, there are other companies out there that provide the same, if not better services for a cheaper price, if not for free. For example, Microsoft’s Groove Music allows its users to play any track in their OneDrive for free.
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