One of the biggest and most justified criticisms of Apple Music during its first year was over issues with the way it matched people’s own collections in the cloud.
When that matching was off – for example matching bootleg or rare tracks with commercial versions on Apple Music – users howled. Meanwhile, complaints about original files being mysteriously deleted also generated plenty of press. Now Apple is taking action: blog The Loop acting as the press release for the rollout of the (better) iTunes Match audio-fingerprint system to Apple Music subscribers, rather than its metadata-based version. “If you had songs that were matched incorrectly using the metadata version of iTunes Match, the new version will rematch to the correct song,” claimed The Loop. “However, it will not delete any downloaded copies of songs you have in your library.” It’s a welcome move, and another sign of how Apple appears to be tackling its streaming service’s early faults in a logical fashion.