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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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