I'd still love to see a force-upload option for tracks, but this is a huge step in the right direction. Currently, the i Tunes Match service still exists, and your active subscription won't go away without you cancelling it.Any music you purchased from i Tunes, ripped from CDs, or had in your library will soon be classified as Purchased, Matched, or Uploaded, and will not have DRM applied to it.You should see a list of music that's ready to be downloaded with a cloud icon and an arrow pointed down.Before you download these tracks, let's kill the DRM versions.
When Apple Music launched, the service boasted that in addition to the subscription catalog, you could listen to your personal music collection anywhere with i Cloud Music Library. I still have over a hundred old i Tunes purchases with DRM that don't work in my non-Apple devices. I still have over a hundred old i Tunes purchases with DRM that don't work in my non-Apple devices. The usual, free workaround is to burn those tracks to a CD, pop that CD back into the computer and have i Tunes copy the songs as regular, unlocked MP3 or AAC files. It's been over seven years since Apple began selling songs on Q. It's been over seven years since Apple began selling songs on i Tunes without "digital rights management" usage restrictions, but many of us still have those ancient files lying around, unplayable on Android phones and tablets, Sonos hi-fi systems and other gadgets that didn't come from Apple and can't run i Tunes.Apple is taking a steady approach to the i Tunes Match rollout for Apple Music subscribers, moving over 1-2 percent of its users every day.The rollout will happen automatically, so you won't need to do anything; once you are rolled over, expect to see "Matched" instead of "Apple Music" on your i Cloud Music Library tracks.
But that takes time, leaves you with lower audio quality than what Apple, Amazon and other stores sell now, and won't work if your computer, like most laptops, lacks an optical drive to burn CDs.