iTunes Match has 3G data limits?

iTunes Match has 3G data limits?

A TiPb reader informed us that he was able to stream a 50 min. long concert this morning via iTunes Match, but now he's being told to connect to Wi-Fi to play anything that long.

Both iTunes and the App Store have a 20MB limit on 3G downloads, however iTunes lets you stream content on 3G that go over 20MB, like podcasts. While there's been some debate on whether iTunes Match would ultimately be downloading, streaming, or some hybrid of both, it appears it could fall under similar or the same 3G streaming restrictions regardless.

It's still early days for iTunes Match and settings might be getting flipped back and forth a bit, so we'll wait for things to settle down before we do anything other than inch towards conclusions.

Anyone else hitting 3G walls when using iTunes Match?

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iTunes Match has 3G data limits?

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I just want it released to the general public, so I can relish in the fails and successes of the service.
When will iTunes Match be made available to us peons?

It is just google the iTunes 10.5 beta with iTunes matching. You don't need to be a developer for it.

I just want it released to the general public, so I can relish in the fails and successes of the service.
When will iTunes Match be made available to us peons?

I don't understand why we don't wait until things are officially released and out of beta before these blogs start sounding the alarm..

I don't understand why we don't wait until things are officially released and out of beta before these blogs start sounding the alarm..

I think that limitation was in-place when unlimited 3G was still ubiquitous, do I don't view it as a safeguard for the consumer so much as a way to reduce data congestion on 3G networks.
The same is true of the way that YouTube video resolution is downgraded on 3G to the point that some clips are unwatchable and people in them are unrecognizable.
These limitations are primarily for providers, not consumers.

I would postulate that the safeguards are more aimed at alleviating traffic on the carriers and Apple's iCloud servers, than keeping people from hitting their data caps. No Carrier minds a customer breaching their data cap, as the carrier gets more money, but multiple users streaming larger files at once would be detrimental to the service provider and Apple’s server.

I would postulate that the safeguards are more aimed at alleviating traffic on the carriers and Apple's iCloud servers, than keeping people from hitting their data caps. No Carrier minds a customer breaching their data cap, as the carrier gets more money, but multiple users streaming larger files at once would be detrimental to the service provider and Apple’s server.

It's just under 46 MB. The original file was not encoded at 256kb/sec. Here's a screen shot of said file stats from iTunes (I'm the one who sent this in to TiPB, btw).
http://i.imgur.com/whL22.jpg
I understand that not everyone has an unlimited data package, but I would still like to be able to make the decision as to whether or not I want to download it instead of being blocked out right. Give me a prompt that it's a large file and let me decide if I want to continue.

I can tell you that yesterday my iPhone got really hot and my battery was raped! after turning it on. Today I turned it back on but disabled the use over the cellular network and it seems be doing fine today. Maybe they have the limit as to not rape the battery?

It's just under 46 MB. The original file was not encoded at 256kb/sec. Here's a screen shot of said file stats from iTunes (I'm the one who sent this in to TiPB, btw).
http://i.imgur.com/whL22.jpg
I understand that not everyone has an unlimited data package, but I would still like to be able to make the decision as to whether or not I want to download it instead of being blocked out right. Give me a prompt that it's a large file and let me decide if I want to continue.

Not sure about these limits, but almost certain now there is no streaming with Match. It just let's you download music to your phone that you already own. The same way you would download songs you purchase on iTunes right on your phone.
As you download them they take up space. That's why I didn't see Match as the great space saver people think it is.

I found another limit. I have a developer account and get this error when I try to sign up for iTunes Match subscription:
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.

So, does anyone here who has actually used the beta know the answer to the question: Is it streaming or downloading? I'm wondering if I can buy an iPhone with less memory, such as a 16 gig, and still have full, round the clock access to my 40+ gig music collection.

I always hit huge walls with 3G and I have an unlimited plan. So unless I am being capped without notice or warning, the services (AT&T's) just can't stream/download (whatever) my songs fast enough. So a song starts, then a few seconds later it stops. Then it starts and stops again. And sometimes it just stops and stays off and this over a period of an hour...
This makes it a great service in theory, but in real world practice, total garbage!
Thanks AT&T! You guys suck!