I'm new to iTunes Match as it was only recently made available in the Netherlands. After two days, it finally processed my iTunes library (~9400 songs). I can browse through the iCloud library from my iPhone 4S, iPad 2, and AppleTV, and download songs OK. However, the sort order on these iDevices is different from the sort order in iTunes. It appears that some of the sort tags are igored/overwritten.
Over the years, I have manually applied the Sort Artist and Sort Album fields to all songs in my iTunes library, so that albums are sorted chronologically per artist in Cover Flow, in the Column Browser, on iOS devices as well as on the iPod Classic. E.g. for The Beatles, I use Sort Artist "Beatles, The" and Sort Album "Beatles, The 1969a" for The Yellow Submarine and "Beatles, The 1969b" for Abbey Road. Note that Sort per Artist/Year incorrectly puts Abbey Road before The Yellow Submarine. The Alan Parsons Project has Sort Artist "Parsons Project, The Alan" and corresponding Sort Album, so they're listed under P instead of A. Dutch group De Dijk has sort Artist "Dyk, De" and corresponding Sort Album, so they're listed between Ian Dury and Bob Dylan (in Dutch, the combination "ij" is considered a single letter "y").
When I download/browse my iCloud library from iTunes, this meta data is preserved, and the songs are sorted as before. However, when I download/browse my Albums from the iDevices, the sort fields are ignored for album names starting with particles (like "the" or "a") or containing quotes (like David Bowie's "Heroes"). Now, "Heroes" is listed between Jimi Hendrix and John Hiatt, where in iTunes it's listed between Bowie's albums, Low and Lodger. All "The Best of ..." albums are listed under B instead of under the respective artists.
Something similar happens to artists names when browsing Artists: The Alan Parsons Project are listed under A on my iDevices. Similarly, De Dijk are listed between Dido and Céline Dion, however their album with Solomon Burke (artist: "Solomon Burke & De Dijk", sort artist "Dyk, De") is listed between Dury and Dylan, indeed.
Has anyone else seen this behaviour? Any clue as to what's happening and how to prevent it?