iTunes Match Diagram

Apple Launches iTunes Match – With 25,000 Song Limit

Jeffrey Donenfeld Technology 1 Comment

Apple finally made its iTunes Match service available to the public today, coupled with the latest iTunes 10.5.1 update. Users may subscribe for $25/year, and have access to “all” of their iTunes music from the cloud – with a catch. In the fine print, you’ll see that the matching service is limited to 25,000 songs. But that’s not all. Not only can you only sync 25,000 songs with iTunes match, but iTunes Match won’t even turn on with a library of more than 25,000 songs. Nope, if you have more than the limit, there’s no way to even select a portion of your library to use with match. No special iTunes Match playlist to denote songs you want to sync, no special filters to find only the 25,000 most recently added songs that have equivelents on iTunes (Negating the need to upload anything), no nothing. Fail. I loaded up my iTunes library today to eagerly turn on Match, and got this error message: “Your library contains too many songs. To participate in iTunes Match, your library must contain no more than 25,000 songs that were not purchased from the iTunes Store.” Surely Apple must fix this – and hopefully soon.

Joost doomed?

Jeffrey Donenfeld Ask Me Anything, Technology 4 Comments

Excellent, this is just the story I need to hear to convince myself that Joost is doomed. Apparently Joost’s former CTO Dirk-Willem van Gulik was fired and then hired by BBC on the same day. Sounds like there’s some unrest within the Joost office, that would cause them to fire a guy who the BBC things is a prime for the job. This just reinforces my position that although Joost is a cool application/technology/delivery network, it is doomed in it current state. They haventsigned the critical big-hitter partnerships that are needed to get it the must-see content it needs. The player is full-screen only, hogs bandwidth, and isn’t as flexible or familiar as other sites. I’ve been using Hulu a lot lately, and I like it because it A. has decent content (although Hulu’s doomed too, for other reasons..), and it has a familiar web-video interface, with some nifty extended features to make it more conducive to watching full tv episodes, tv style – full screen, dim the rest of the screen, playlisting, etc. Content is kind. And if Joost could manage to sign a few big content deals, they might have a fighting chance. That, however, seems unlikely. NBC might be re-hasing their deal with iTunes, (which is why I think Hulu is going away) and Fox is offering their content both on itunes and on their own “Fox on Demand” site. Joost, you were cool while you lasted, and your interface/bit-torrent-y technology is cool, but step up the content, or else you’re toast.