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Apple Music vs. iTunes Match: What's the difference?

Apple Music and iTunes Match are two subscription services of Apple. Apple Music and iTunes Match both put your music in the cloud and make it available on many devices. Given that they’re so similar, many people were confused about what is the difference between Apple Music and iTunes Match. And which is the best Apple Music service to use? Or if you have one, is it necessary to get another one? This article is mainly talking about Apple Music and iTunes Match.

Apple Music vs iTunes Match

Both Apple Music and iTunes Match can put your iTunes in the Cloud, and make use of iCloud Music Library, but in subtly different ways. Each of them offers specific features and limitations, and they can even be used simultaneously.



Apple Music costs $9.99 per month (you can try it free for three months). There's a family plan for $14.99/ month providing service for up to six family members. All you need to do is set up iCloud Family Sharing on your iOS device or Mac and invite family members to join the group. (Android users can be part of your family membership, too.)

iTunes Match is an $24-per-year service that stores all your music in iCloud—even songs imported from CDs or not purchased in the iTunes Store—and makes it available on up to 10 of your devices and computers.


Essentially speaking, Apple Music is a music streaming service, and iTunes Match is Cloud backup.

Apple Music lets you to have a free trial for three months. After subscribing Apple Music membership, you can play any track in Apple Music if you have a data connection, and you can download any music from Apple Music and listen to it offline.

Besides, you also gain access to Beats 1 radio station and a limited selection of TV and Films, which are basically music related videos and a few programmers Apple has made. Please note that after you unsubscribe` from Apple Music, the downloaded tracks before will no longer be available.

Apple Music Beats 1 radio station

To use iTunes Match, you sign up for the service using your Apple ID, and enable it on all the computers and devices on which you want to use it. If you subscribe to iTunes Match you can access all your musical content via the cloud. It will store any and all music, including the tracks you have imported from CDs and purchased elsewhere, in your computer's iTunes library up to Apple's servers and make it accessible to any of your iOS devices or computers running iTunes.

Apple Music & iTunes Match: DRM or DRM-Free

The biggest difference between Apple Music and iTunes Match is that Apple Music can't own the music they downloaded through the service because of DRM (digital rights management) protection. Songs from Apple Music can only be accessed while you have an active subscription. When you cancel your subscription, the music goes away.

With iTunes Match, songs added are made available to your other computers or devices in 256 Kbps DRM-free AAC. Since they're DRM free, any of the songs that you save offline are available to to play, even if you cancel your subscription, you can still keep all the music you had before signing up.

Should I use iTunes Match or Apple Music?

If you're already an iTunes Match subscriber, you should probably maintain that subscription, since it will allow you to continue to own DRM-free versions of your music. If you don't have iTunes Match, you may not need it (unless you're not currently backing up your music; in that case, consider it). If you want to add Apple Music to iTunes Match, go for it. If you never had iTunes Match and want to sign up for Apple Music, go for that, too.


Extra Tips: Is It Possible to Remove DRM from Apple Music

Sidify Apple Music Converter is a professional Apple Music DRM Removal software. It is specially designed for you to get rid of DRM from Apple Music files. It only can let you remove DRM from Apple Music, iTunes purchased tracks, iTunes and Audible audiobooks, but also be used to convert them to MP3, AAC, FLAC or WAV without loss in audio quality.

Step 1. Download and install the Sidify Apple Music Converter

Download, install and launch Sidify Apple Music Converter on your computer. Before started, please make sure you have downloaded Apple Music you want to play in your iTunes.

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Interface of Sidify Apple Music Converter

Step 2. Add Apple Music to Sidify Apple Music Converter

You can click "+" button, and select tracks from the pop-up iTunes library then hit OK. All the selected tracks will be loaded in the main interface.

The program supports converting files in batch, so you can import multiple Apple Music tracks at the same time.

Add Apple Music songs

Step 3. Set the output format

Apple Music originally comes with M4P format encoded in 256kbps. With Sidify DRM removal tool, you can choose MP3, AAC, FLAC and WAV as output format by clicking Settings button or gear icon at the upper right of Sidify. Besides, you can set the output audio quality to the highest 320 kbps.

Set output format

Step 4. Start to remove DRM from Apple Music songs

Click Convert button, the program will start to remove DRM from Apple Music songs. Few minutes later, you can get the DRM-free Apple Music files from the history option.

Converting Apple Music

With Sidify Apple Music DRM Removal software, you can get rid of DRM from Apple Music songs completely. Now you can enjoy the DRM-free Apple Music files freely.

Note: The free trial version of Sidify Apple Music converter converts the first three minutes of each audio file. If you want to unlock the time limitation, you can purchase the full version of Sidify with $39.95.

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