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iTunes Match e redownloaded tracks, what about the quality?
post May 16 2012, 12:40
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Guys, i subscribed iTunes Match a month ago and i'm very happy with this service. I have all my music ripped and transcode in mp3 (vbr) except for a folder, the MISC one. In there, i put during the years lots of single mp3 songs that are very old and the quality is so bad (128,160....). So, i maybe can delete the song and redownload the AAC version of it but i was thinking: is this a true AAC version or maybe a bad transcode? I want to say, how the hell iTunes in maybe 10 second can find, download the high quality song to your mac and maintain the same name and tags? It's not strange? Did some of you made some quality test?

I'm afraid to delete all these songs and discover maybe that iTunes return me shit** version.
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post May 19 2012, 00:22
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Just know that iTunes Match is not perfect. Out of the ~8000 or so tracks I had it replace, approximately 6 of them are corrupted. They just show up as MPEG audio files in iTunes. I cannot play them back, I cannot do anything with them. I have notified Apple multiple times that the songs are corrupt but they show no signs of fixing anything. 6 out of 8000 isn't bad but it still bothered me. Just keep on eye out on the songs that you are replacing. Don't delete the final copies until you are sure that you didn't download anything that is corrupt.

Otherwise, the songs that you do download and aren't corrupted, are just fine and encoded with the same standards as music sold through the iTunes Store. Except for known killer samples, I highly doubt you are going to come across any audio quality related problems.
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