hum, but hey, look what hixer said in here https://discussions.apple.com/message/16753911#16753911
"I like this approach, but I would add one other thing that took me a bit to figure out. If you have a large library uploaded, leave your new blank iTunes open for a while. It takes almost as long to eliminate the iCloud library as it took to upload it, but if you close iTunes right away, this process stops.
I would do as above, and resign in, noting that a hundred or two of the 6000 songs would be deleted. But after I left the blank library open for a couple of hours, it was completely empty."
The described solutions works, but I would like to mention that this works only for 1.000 songs at a time.
For example your library contains 8.500 songs, you select them all and delete them from iCloud. When you update iTunes match the next time after deletion it will still tell you that 7.500 songs are ready in your iCloud.
I think Apple has maybe implemented this due to security reasons, but for me it is confusing because if you really want to delete a big library from iCloud it takes quite a long time. Also iTunes or an Apple thread does not tell anything from this 1000 song-limitation. It took me several hours to understand this and hopefully others read this thread.
@Apple Development: I hope there will be a real "reset" option in the future for the iCloud songs, but right now you have to do it exactly
(number of your songs) divided by 1000
times to really delete everything from your icloud.
Happy deleting. :-)
Yes you can.
Command + A to select all your songs in your library ; Click Delete ; And when the pop up appears select the check box that says "Remove from iCloud" . Just make sure on the second popup that you get you click "Keep Files".
No. Doesn't work as expected.
The more I try to use Match the more I'm hating it as it caused me way too much trouble.
I can confirm this MiBaScho. This is exactly what happens. You had to delete my library 24 times as I had 24,000 songs in the cloud! It's incredibly frustrating and time consuming. I really hope Apple adds alot more options to iTunes Match in the coming months. Amazing concept but in practise it's definately not there yet.
Tim Baker, one thing you can do (it's what im going to try) is: Make sure that it does not auto renew. That setting can be found in iTunes store under account. Then just let the subscription run out because it will say the following: Your scubscription will expire and your music in iCloud will no longer be available on whatever date it says. Let it expire, then go and renew like the next day. I am going to try this because I don't want to basically recreate my entire iTunes libary