Apple Once Again Deleting Developers' iTunes Match Libraries on November 12th

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As it has a number of times during developer testing, Apple has just sent out an email to registered developers indicating that it will once again be deleting their iTunes Match libraries. The latest deletion is scheduled for tomorrow, November 12th.

As we prepare for the launch of iTunes Match, we will be deleting all current iCloud libraries on Saturday, November 12th at 10 AM PST.

Please turn off iTunes Match on all of your computers and iOS devices. On your computer, choose Store > Turn off iTunes Match. On your iOS device, tap Settings > Music, then turn off iTunes Match. On your Apple TV, please choose Music > Turn off iTunes Match.

The songs on your computer should not be affected. As always, please backup regularly and do not delete the music you add to iCloud from your computer.

Apple has modified the language from past notices to include a specific time for the deletion (10 AM PST) and reference to the deletion coming as Apple "prepare[s] for the launch of iTunes Match". Consequently, the development may offer some hope that a public debut of the service may now be near.

Apple had initially announced that iTunes Match would debut in the United States by the end of October, but the company missed that target and has not provided an updated timeframe for the launch. The company has since issued a new iTunes beta to continue testing.

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frankjl Avatar
164 months ago
Delete away apple.

I am all with testing rigorously before deployment. It is a habit of mine when I embark on my IT projects or pretty much anything that consist of affecting x amount of users. The less bugs/error the more success.
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GenesisST Avatar
164 months ago
256kbps mp3. The classical stuff and any really great albums I kept or repurchased and re-ripped ALAC though, after I discovered mp3 loses half of what's going on in Rachmaninov's thunderous concertos. :)

I once compared Rihanna in ALAC or MP3 64kpbs... sounds the same...
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
anberlinairlift Avatar
164 months ago
Delete away apple.

I am all with testing rigorously before deployment. It is a habit of mine when I embark on my IT projects or pretty much anything that consist of affecting x amount of users. The less bugs/error the more success.
+1.

As a regular consumer (and not a developer), I'd much rather Apple get iTunes Match working nicely, rather than releasing something that's half-assed and chock full of bugs just so they can meet their original "end of October" deadline.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ThunderSkunk Avatar
164 months ago
Hope you did ALAC or FLAC.

256kbps mp3. The classical stuff and any really great albums I kept or repurchased and re-ripped ALAC though, after I discovered mp3 loses half of what's going on in Rachmaninov's thunderous concertos. :)
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
tasset Avatar
164 months ago
Well although delayed, I can say the quality of Match has improved significantly over the beta. I have 'laundered' nearly my entire library with 256 iTunes quality.
The metadata handling isn't pretty (album art, lyrics) but it is pretty much otherwise all I had hoped for.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
dmblue Avatar
164 months ago
Can somebody who has used iTunes match answer this question:

Does iTunes match also sync your Playcounts and star ratings as well?
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