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iTunes Match chokes on older CDs that have been reissued

1998 Views 25 Replies Latest reply: Feb 21, 2012 6:08 AM by JiminMissouri RSS
  • Michael Allbritton Level 6 Level 6 (16,145 points)

    Mike Connelly wrote:


    Force upload would be a good option for wrong matches, but it doesn't seem like a good fix for albums with one or two unmatched songs - that's just something Apple needs to improve and fix on their end.

    I agree completely. I don't want to force upload an album with one unmatched track on it. I can live with that for now. But there are some albums that I want to upload instead of match. Case in point... I have a show that I downloaded from Live Phish that, surprisingly, matched to a show on the store (2003-07-29 in case anyone was wondering). But... the tracks are slightly different and two tracks that I have in my version of the show are not on the store and got uploaded. This is the type of thing I want a forced upload option for.


    Of course, as someone pointed out over the weekend, there is a big possiblity for people to abuse a feature like that and just upload their entire libraries. Despite that I hope Apple does seriously consider this as an feature.

  • captfantastic Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    iTunes match just matched 8 songs from 62/66  by The Beatles. Why now? They have been sitting unmatched for over a month.

  • roebeet Level 2 Level 2 (430 points)

    The 80's CD version of SCITTBW is still uploading, FYI.  

  • Michael Allbritton Level 6 Level 6 (16,145 points)

    Perhaps Apple has been working on improving the matching process?

  • JiminMissouri Level 2 Level 2 (465 points)

    They have been sitting unmatched for over a month.

    A little clarification, please.  Are you saying the tracks have been sitting in "waiting" status for over a month? 

  • captfantastic Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    That's what I'm saying. They did not upload to the cloud and download into my other Mac. They have been sitting in "waiting" as are 7000 other songs. They just matched right out of the blue.

  • JiminMissouri Level 2 Level 2 (465 points)

    That's very odd.  Ordinarly, if songs are stuck in 'waiting' status, it means something has happened to interrupt the Match session, often the cause is a track or tracks that are corrupted in some way.  Match gets to those tracks and just stops dead.  Trying to get Match going after that happens normally gets you nowhere unless you manage to remove the offending tracks.  It's possible, I suppose that if you were to add some music to your library that if Match runs through those first, it might get things going.  Nobody knows if there is any logical order to how Match processes tracks, so if it gets going again, it might go through older tracks too, until eventually it hits the track that stalled it in the first place.


    So none of the other 7,000 tracks in waiting staus have been processed yet?

  • captfantastic Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    There were several others but other than a Paul Simon song I can't remember what they were. They don't show up as just downloaded so can't find them that way. But no more than one per artist except the Beatles and they were all on 62/66.

  • mracole Level 4 Level 4 (1,075 points)

    This experience is very typical and characteristic of the iTunes Match acoustic matching process.


    Overall a good, or near perfect, matching level can be anticipated for recently released content with significantly worse performance (generally) on older material.  Of course the reason is that older material has generally had multiple interim releases, may have used older recording technology and may not be included in the current iTunes Store catalogue in exactly the form you have.

  • captfantastic Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Just got 5 songs each from "Songs you know by heart" and the "Rancho Deluxe" soundtrack. Both by Jimmy Buffett.

  • JiminMissouri Level 2 Level 2 (465 points)

    If you've done nothing at all to your library (haven't added any new tracks, haven't deleted some trying to get past the 'waiting' hang) then it's possible your positive results of late are, indeed, evidence that Apple's tweaking some things related to the matching process, perhaps have arrived at some solution to whatever was causing some tracks to make the Match process hang.


    One certainly hopes that's the case.


    In any event, congrats on getting things moving again. Personally I've never had the problem, but reading the accounts posted by those that have, those hangs certainly have been a royal pain.

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