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iTunes Match VS Apple Music: Which Is Better?

By Zoe Clarke

November 10, 2017

Apple says that "Apple Music and iTunes Match are independent but complementary." This is the best explanation of their connection. Both of them are belong to Apple's subscription services. Users of the two services are always confused about them. What is the real difference between iTunes Match and Apple Music? Do they have something in common? Which one should I choose? Do I need both? Read on to find out the connection between Apple Music and iTunes Match so that you can make sure what you exactly need.


Part 1. Difference between iTunes Match and Apple Music

Apple Music costs $9.99 per month (you can try it free for three months) while iTunes Match is an $24-per-year service. Apple Music offers streaming music service with thousands songs and various exclusive content, original video content and radio like Beats 1. When you sign in Apple Music membership, you are permitted to download songs from iTunes directly or you can upload your own songs to iCloud Music Library with a limit of 100,000. Before adding your songs, it will check whether songs match Apple Music catalog, if match, they will be accessible on all of your device. And iTunes allows you to add songs that are not in catalog and make no changes to your original songs. Once you cancel the subscription, you are not available to access the songs you've downloaded from iCloud Music Library.

Unlike Apple Music, iTunes Match allows you to uploads any unmatched tracks, and makes your music available on multiple devices through the iCloud Music Library. These tracks can be streamed and downloaded as DRM-free music files to up to ten of your devices. But as long as you stop paying for iTunes Match subscription, any tracks you've downloaded will remain on their various devices and fully playable, but you will be unable to stream any non-downloaded tracks or access other iCloud Music Library songs.

Part 2. Same Points between Apple Music and iTunes Match

Both of two service work with iCloud Music Library which means it lets you match, upload and download songs through iCould Music Library. They do not lead to a conflict when you subscribe both services, it means that they work independently. With Apple ID, you are accessible to stream and download songs with limitation up to 10 devices. Besides, both iTunes Match and Apple Music have a 100,000 track storage limit.

Part 3. Which's Better: iTunes Match or Apple Music?

"Do I still need iTunes Match if I have Apple Music or need both?"

It depends on whether you mind DRM protection. Apple Music offers you DRM-ed songs, when you download songs on different devices, you get a 256kbps DRM-encrypted M4P file. But you gain 256kbps DRM-free AAC format with iTunes Match.

Any tracks from your own library will be downloaded onto your other devices in the DRM-protected Apple Music format. When your Apple Music subscription expires, you are unable to play songs again. If you subscribe to iTunes Match, any tracks matched from your own library will be downloaded as DRM-free tracks in the same format as if you had purchased them from the iTunes Store. If you care about DRM limitation, choose iTunes Match only or both of them. If not, Apple Music is enough for you.

Part 4. Gain DRM-free Apple Music Without iTunes Match

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● Support batch conversion for time-saving;

● Output DRM-free audios in best quality;

● Play music without limitation of DRM and Apple ID.

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