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Apple improves recognition of Apple Music songs and ends DRM for paired tracks

Apple is slowly releasing an extremely welcome update its confusing ICloud Music Library. The beneficiaries of the novelty are subscribers to the Apple Music, which now have recognition / pairing of tracks identical to that of users of the iTunes Match that is, with greater fidelity in recognition and, best of all, without DRM.

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To fully understand the changes, it is necessary to go back in time a bit to analyze how Apple sells the track recognition and pairing service from the user's personal library. There are two ways: iTunes Match, which costs US $ 25 / year (or was) the complete service, in which the songs are scanned with extreme fidelity, through the analysis of the acoustic fingerprint of each track. The tracks paired with versions present in the iTunes Store were released to the user without DRM or anything like that.

Apple Music, until now, had another type of system: recognition was done only by analyzing the metadata of each track, which generated many identification errors. Worse, the paired tracks came with DRM, meaning that if the user canceled the service, they would not be able to listen to their personal library unless they had a backup outside of iTunes.

With the changes being released by Apple, these dark times for Music users are behind us. Now, subscribers to the streaming have the same advantages as users of iTunes Match: recognition via acoustic digital printing and DRM-free paired tracks. In other words, an Apple Music subscription from now on actually includes iTunes Match.

For iTunes Match users only, nothing changes. If you subscribe to both services, you can turn off the automatic renewal of iTunes Match in fact, Apple Music users will no longer have the option of subscribing to Match separately. If you are a Music user only, things will remain more or less the same as, from now on, the tracks will no longer appear as ?Apple Music? in the ?Status in iCloud? tab of iTunes, and will appear as ?Available ?Or? Uploaded ?. These tracks, remember, are now effectively yours, without DRM.

The novelty is being released gradually to Apple Music subscribers, and without warning there will be no notice and users will only notice the changes mentioned above. So does Apple's music recognition system get a little more understandable?

(via Macworld)