Children, let me tell you a little story.
Once upon a time before shiny JQuery calls shoved divs around web pages like they were going out of style, there was a thing on the Internet called “Napster”. As you kids might say these days, it was “sick” or possibly even “ill”.
Free music, dude.
It was the best of times, the worst of times and all that.
There was this band, Metallica, who got its panties undies in wad about people stealing their music. They were probably right, but they were *huge* butt munches about it.
What did I do?
Though I’m not a fan of Metallica’s music by any wild stretch of the imagination (truth be told, I’d rather take a cheese grater to my soul that sit through an entire album of theirs), I promptly went and “Napster’ed” great gobs of Metallica’s music.
Fight the Power, yo.
Fast forward to getting iTunes Match a couple months ago. I noticed this morning that the Metallica song I’ve carried with me in my iTunes Library from that period is “Ineligible” for the iTunes Match mojo.
Which leads me to believe one of a couple things.
1) No Metallica music is iTunes Match magic-able. Maybe the band still holds a grudge against 1s and 0s from the Napster days. Dudes: Lighten up. You won.
2) Apple checksummed that file and figured out, “Yeah, we know where you got that, bro. Nope. Not gonna let you download a copy, sorry.” (There’s isn’t anything particularly damning in the ID3 metadata for the file, so I’m assuming checksum wizardry).
3) I still don’t like Metallica very much at all, though the opening riff to this song does get the heart beating early in the morning.
Anyway, I thought it was interesting. Anyone have any idea what else could be going on?