Originally Posted by crzdcolombian
so the quality isn't good on the icloud? I have really old CDs from my parents who have the 1st Bob Dylan, Beatles, etc releases before all this remastered crap. Never bothered to buy the remastered ones. Will they update my songs? Also how do they know which ones I stole and which ones I bought? I mean I have had a mac since 2005 but have been ripping CDs since 2000. I have about 15,000 songs. Most of which was when itunes had that cool hack where you basically can take every song off a computer on your network. Worked wonders in College. I went from 2,000 songs to 10,000 in no time.
They won't update the sound quality of songs NOT on Itunes. Apple says they update to 256k on MATCHED songs, which means songs only from Itunes. They don't actually take each song and remaster it into 256k.
Basically what they are doing is taking your Itunes music and converting to higher quality, which you can do yourself in Itunes. Now the only way to upgrade the quality of your non-Itunes music is to re-import the tracks to 256k straight to Itunes.
The $25 is for allowing you to have your music synced and backed up to their iCloud, so when you lose your iPhone and get a new one, your music just downloads. If you stop paying $25 what happens is you will still have your music on the cloud but if you try to upload more stuff without paying another $25 it won't let you. Not that big of a deal you will just have it on your computer and it won't sync with iCloud.
For example, If somebody bought CDs all their life and never had Itunes until iCloud comes out, then they pay $25 for one year and they sync half of the CDs in that year and then doesn't renew for another year, he would just have that music on the cloud to sync and download and the other half would just be on their Itunes local hard drive unable to sync until he pays $25 again.
I seriously doubt Apple will cut you off from your own non-Itunes music that you originally had (and most likely BOUGHT). That's like saying hey give me $25 a year or you can't get your music of our cloud! Apple customers would be rioting outside every Apple store coast to coast.