8 Replies Latest reply: Nov 29, 2013 8:05 AM by susanology
MarkPaolotti Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

Hi there,

 

So today I purchased my first laptop: the new MacBook Pro with Retina Display. WIth it I bought iTunes Match, as I heard I could use it to replace songs purchased elsewhere with the high quality iTunes Store versions; essentially keeping every song I owned but upping the sound quality on a few hundred of them. I own an iPhone 4S, and I figured after syncing my iPhone's music library to my new MacBook, I would download iTunes Match. I couldn't figure out how to tranfer my music from iCloud to my Macbook, and after half an hour, I decided to skip to purchasing iTunes Match. Well, as soon as I downloaded it I was prompted on my iPhone to turn it on. When I did the 200 songs or so that I had purchased elsewhere disappeared, and that was that. I'm assuming I did something wrong, or am not seeing something I should, but as of yet, I'm completely at a loss of what to do. The reason I bought iTunes Match was so that these songs would be replaced with higher quality versions, and instead they're gone. Any help solving my dilemma would be much appreciated, thank you.


MacBook Pro with Retina display, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2)
  • 1. Re: iTunes Match Songs Not Purchased from iTunes
    Michael Allbritton Level 6 Level 6 (16,710 points)

    Where is the backup of your personal data (including music) of your old computer? You need to transfer that data to the new MBP.

     

    iTunes Match only scans and matches an iTunes library. It does not scan and match an iOS device. The music may still be on the iOS device, though, so go to Settings > Music and turn off the iTunes Match service. Open the Music app and let the iTM data clear out. If the music is not still there and you do not have backups then your music is gone.

  • 2. Re: iTunes Match Songs Not Purchased from iTunes
    MarkPaolotti Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Yeah, I don't have it backed up anywhere... And no, when I turn off iTunes Match on my iOS device the music doesn't return. A few questions so i understand iTunes Match completely though... I'm positive that i read from many sources that iTunes Match takes your music not purchased from the iTunes Store and matches them with their counterparts in iTunes' master library. Am I just blantantly wrong? Also, what exactly do you mean when you say that iTunes Match only scans and matches an iTunes library, and not iOS devices. 1) If that was the case why do I have an option to turn on iTunes Match on my iOS device, and 2) wasn't my collection of songs from iTunes and elsewhere, all being in my iTunes library, considered my iTunes library?

  • 3. Re: iTunes Match Songs Not Purchased from iTunes
    e5c4p3artist Level 1 Level 1 (80 points)

    You will need to put your music on your MBP - the actual mp3 files, AAC files, etc.  Then you will need to import those files into iTunes on your MBP.  Then enable Match within iTunes on your MBP.  iTunes will begin the process of matching the songs you have added to iTunes to songs in the iTunes store.  Be aware, the matching process is not perfect and some songs may not match even though they should - you can find other posts on that frustrating topic.  Once the matching process is done, enable Match on your other iOS devices, ensuring that you are logged in with the same Apple ID you used for iTunes on the MBP and all songs will show up on the iOS devices.

     

    Once the matching process described above completes, you will be able to see which songs "matched" and which did not.  The ones that did not will upload into your iCloud.  The ones that did may be deleted (via iTunes) from your hard drive, but make sure not to delete them from the iCloud - there will be an option to do so during the deletion process but don't check the box.  Once they are deleted, there will be a button to press to download the song from iTunes, giving you the higher quality version.

  • 4. Re: iTunes Match Songs Not Purchased from iTunes
    Michael Allbritton Level 6 Level 6 (16,710 points)

    MarkPaolotti wrote:

     

    I'm positive that i read from many sources that iTunes Match takes your music not purchased from the iTunes Store and matches them with their counterparts in iTunes' master library. Am I just blantantly wrong?

    No, you're not wrong. That is what what iTunes Match does so the service can make your entire iTunes library available to up to 10 devices from the cloud. Some tracks, though, will not be matched and will instead be uploaded as-is.

     

    MarkPaolotti wrote:

     

    Also, what exactly do you mean when you say that iTunes Match only scans and matches an iTunes library, and not iOS devices.

    It means exactly that. iOS devices are only clients of the iTunes Match service. Nothing that is on the devices is scanned to be matched or uploaded. This process only happens in iTunes on your computer.

     

    MarkPaolotti wrote:

     

    1) If that was the case why do I have an option to turn on iTunes Match on my iOS device, and 2) wasn't my collection of songs from iTunes and elsewhere, all being in my iTunes library, considered my iTunes library?

    1. Because iTunes Match is built into iOS since version 5.x.x.

    2. No. Only the songs in the iTunes library at the time of service activation is considered your "iTunes library." Tracks on iOS devices, but not in iTunes are in the library. And since you apparently has nothing in the iTunes libary on the MBPr when you activated the service nothing is what was scanned.

     

    As e5c4p3artist points out, in his post above, you will need to add your music files to the new iTunes library on the MBPr for iTunes Match to have something to scan, match and upload. Since you don't have backups you'll need to start ripping from the original CDs. Before you start that I suggest you disable iTM in both iTunes and on your iOS devices. Most music previously purchased from the iTunes Store can be re-downloaded from your purchase history.

  • 5. Re: iTunes Match Songs Not Purchased from iTunes
    MarkPaolotti Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Alright, thanks. I get what to do now.

  • 6. Re: iTunes Match Songs Not Purchased from iTunes
    MarkPaolotti Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thank you too! Next time I'll be more careful with my music...

  • 7. Re: iTunes Match Songs Not Purchased from iTunes
    Michael Allbritton Level 6 Level 6 (16,710 points)

    You're welcome.

     

    Backup, backup, backup! Apple provides a very good tool in Time Machine.

  • 8. Re: iTunes Match Songs Not Purchased from iTunes
    susanology Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    This is helpful.

    However, some of my purchase history seems to have disappeared as well. Why would this happen?