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How long to upload songs to iTunes Match?

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Jun 3, 2013 6:58 AM

I subscribed to iTunes Match last week and immediately began uploading my music library. I have 3190 songs on there (although quite a few are duplicates). My iMac has supposedly been uploading them since last Wednesday (it is Monday now, so 6 days so far) and yet only 304 songs have uploaded. My network speed is fine (I often download movies with no problem) and I don't have a cap on uploads / downloads. Is this sort of time lag normal? Can anyone give any advice / insight?


Sorry for the newbie questions. I love Macs but have never quite got my head around iTunes!

  • Joey!! 【ツ】 Level 2 Level 2 (255 points)
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    Jun 5, 2013 10:52 AM (in response to DebbieDicks)

    You could open up the Activity Monitor app and watch the Data sent/sec value under the Network tab to figure out if it's uploading as quick as it should be. Note that this is calculating all activity on your Mac, and other devices on your network affect that value as well if they're uploading data. I'd recommend checking your upload speed using a website such as Upload speed is usually quite slower than download speed. If you're not getting speeds that you're promised, it's an issue with your ISP or your connection - not iTunes.


    It wouldn't do any harm to stop iTunes Match then start it again. It's not going to delete anything - it will pick up right where it left off.


    Hopefully that helps!


    PS. In case you didn't understand this, iTunes Match does not just upload all your songs. It only uploads those that cannot be matched as songs already in the iTunes Store. The vast majority of your songs should get matched, and won't have to be uploaded, which saves a TON of time and bandwidth.

  • Joey!! 【ツ】 Level 2 Level 2 (255 points)
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    Jun 10, 2013 4:07 PM (in response to DebbieDicks)

    Awesome, glad that worked.


    There are a few factors that could result in a song being noneligible, including:

    Songs that are larger than 200MB or songs encoded at 96 Kbps or less.


    I believe that icon is also displayed next to voice memos and other types of media that are not eligible to be uploaded to iCloud.




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