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iTunes in the Cloud recognizes some digital copies of movies Apps
Apple recently announced that iTunes in the Cloud was extended to include movies purchased from the iTunes Store. A post on the Tech of the Hub website points out that not only can you re-download or stream iTunes Store purchases, but that some "digital copies" of movies, which you get on some Blu-Ray discs, are also recognized.

So if you have any Blu-Rays with these digital copies, and you haven't bothered to put them in your iTunes library, you might want to do so. If they are matched, you can access them from other devices more easily.

Note: as the blog post points out, not all the movie studios are on board with this yet. So you will certainly find movies that don't match from digital copies.
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iTunes Match recognizes some digital copies of movies
Authored by: RepentantFan on Mar 09, '12 08:15:40AM

I think it should be pointed out, maybe even corrected in the submission, that this is specifically iTunes in the Cloud, not iTunes Match. When a user adds a Digital Copy to their iTunes Library, they provide a Digital Copy code, which almost certainly adds that movie to your iTunes Store account.



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iTunes Match recognizes some digital copies of movies
Authored by: scip on Mar 09, '12 08:33:28AM

I've seen this reported elsewhere as well and there seems to be a misunderstanding about what "digital copies" that come with physical discs actually are. They aren't some sort of weird file type or record in your user account. They are simply a gift code for a specific title, so they are exactly like any other movie purchase you make in the iTunes store, and will fall under the same iTunes in the cloud rules as any other purchases you make. Even when a separate disc is included that supposedly contains the digital copy, it's actually nothing more than a way to authenticate a download from iTunes or Microsoft's store.

The bit that's annoying is why we don't get HD versions for digital copies that come with Blu-rays.

Edited on Mar 09, '12 08:34:37AM by scip



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iTunes Match recognizes some digital copies of movies
Authored by: kirkmc on Mar 09, '12 09:11:21AM

Right, but apparently, when you download these digital copies, if they are in your iTunes library, they get matched. (I don't have any digital copies to be able to test.)

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iTunes Match recognizes some digital copies of movies
Authored by: scip on Mar 09, '12 04:33:13PM

No, they don't have to currently be in your library and there is no matching. They're not any different than movies you buy directly through iTunes, so they work exactly the same as iTunes in the cloud does for music and TV shows. Any movies you have ever downloaded from iTunes, whether paying with your card or with a free coupon code ("digital copy"), are permanently in your iTunes purchase history, and can thus be streamed to an Apple TV or re-downloaded.

My point was that I don't understand why these are seen as different by a lot of people. The feature was announced with the new Apple TV, so it doesn't seem to deserve a separate story.



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iTunes Match recognizes some digital copies of movies
Authored by: kirkmc on Mar 10, '12 01:35:08AM

Sorry, but you're wrong. These digital copies are not provided via codes for the iTunes Store; you get a code that you enter on a movie studio's website to download the files.

This said, it does look like the long-term goal is for Apple to provide the digital copies in the manner you suggest.

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iTunes Match recognizes some digital copies of movies
Authored by: scip on Mar 13, '12 09:25:21AM

Sorry, and I'm not meaning to argue, but what I said is correct and it's relevant to the hint to correct the misconception that Digital Copies are somehow special files. Yes, the initial code you get is a code to enter through the studio's website. This is done to allow them to track the download, allow you to choose iTunes or Windows Media format, and to expire the code. But then, they either directly give you an iTunes code for you to use yourself, or sometimes auto submit the iTunes code and open iTunes for you. You most certainly do not download Apple DRMed files from a studio's website. I've done this many times over the past few years, where you apparently have never gone through the process.

Either way, Digital Copies are 100% the same as other purchases or iTunes gifts you receive. You own them and they don't have any special characteristics, so it should be no surprise that they appear in iTunes in the cloud just like your purchased movies.

Edited on Mar 13, '12 09:43:26AM by scip



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iTunes Match recognizes some digital copies of movies
Authored by: Fofer on Mar 14, '12 07:52:56PM

And some Blu Rays that now offer digital copies via Ultraviolet. I've read reports online however, that when folks have called the studio's support line to complain about this, they're often given iTunes codes to download a suitable replacement. And I suspect those will appear in our iTunes Cloud like other purchased videos.

I do look forward to the possibility of iTunes actually matching video files... but understand the current state of iTunes in the Cloud as it verifies ownership of iTunes-acquired movies so we can stream them to AppleTV (or download to our computers/devices multiple times.)



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iTunes Match recognizes some digital copies of movies
Authored by: scip on Mar 14, '12 07:58:07AM
I'm including a screenshot of the process for those who have never seen it. Also, the code in the printed insert in the DVD case is actually the same code you enter into iTunes at the end of the process, however, I'm not sure if it has to be enabled through the studio's site prior to using it in iTunes.

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iTunes Match recognizes some digital copies of movies
Authored by: scip on Mar 09, '12 04:37:26PM

All that said with the caveat that the movie has to be available in the iTunes store and not subject to an HBO streaming blackout - currently all Fox and Universal pictures and some from WB.



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iTunes Match recognizes some digital copies of movies
Authored by: frgough on Mar 14, '12 07:31:39AM

Not always. When I bought Forbidden Kingdom on DVD, the digital copy was on the DVD. All I had to do was copy it into iTunes then enter an activation code to unlock the fairplay DRM. I didn't download anything from a web site or from the iTunes store, yet, it shows up as a purchased movie in iCloud.



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iTunes Match recognizes some digital copies of movies
Authored by: bjdraw on Mar 09, '12 08:49:53AM

One thing that is important to note is that Digital Copy codes expire, if you buy a movie that has been out for a while or didn't redeem the code right away, you might not be able to do it now.



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iTunes Match recognizes some digital copies of movies
Authored by: kirkmc on Mar 10, '12 01:36:38AM

The only movie I bought that contained such a code was Avatar. When I went to redeem it, it failed. I was unable to ever get the digital copy. (No big deal; I didn't like the movie, and sold it used on Amazon.)

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iTunes Match recognizes some digital copies of movies
Authored by: gopes on Mar 09, '12 12:06:51PM

This isn't a feature of iTunes Match, it's a feature of "iTunes in the Cloud". Meaning, the digital copies show up as purchased items, and therefore available to re-download like music and TV shows before. The distinction is important, because iTunes Match requires a subscription. iTunes in the Cloud does not.

iTunes Match only supports music: if I have music from a CD, iTunes Match will recognize it. If I have TV shows that I encoded from television, I don't get access to iTunes's better quality version of it.



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iTunes Match recognizes some digital copies of movies
Authored by: kirkmc on Mar 09, '12 12:26:03PM
Good point, thanks for the correction. I've fixed the hint to reflect this.
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Edited on Mar 10, '12 01:33:26AM by kirkmc


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