Kirk McElhearn, â€œThe iTunes Guyâ€, helps us understand the benefits of Apple’s recent increase from 25,000 to 100,000 tracks for Apple Music and iTunes Match uploading. You would think it is simple, right? Not so fast. Kirk takes us through exactly what happens when you upload tracks to your Apple Music library and when you opt to match those tracks to get better quality versions. Playing them can download them to your Mac or iOS devices, taking up valuable space that you might have thought you were saving. There are questions over what happens to the track’s meta-data and even cover art if you chose to do one or both. Before you flip that switch, backup of your iTunes library and see what Kirk as to say.
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Kirk McElhearn writes about Macs, iPods, iPads, iTunes, books, music and more. He’s written a dozen books, is a Senior Contributor to Macworld, and writes for several other web sites and magazines. He reviews classical CDs for MusicWeb and audiobooks for Audiofile, and is a French-English translator. He can also be found divulging tech-related news and tips on his blog, Kirkville.