9 Replies Latest reply: May 5, 2012 12:21 AM by Jimzgoldfinch
Tim Baker Level 2 Level 2 (280 points)

I'm seeing conflicting reports and interpritations of the iTunes Match 25k policy.


I have about 40,000 songs in my library, of which about 3,000 of them were purchased from iTunes. Of the remaining 37,000, I'd say about 30,000 of these songs are "matched." That's leaving me with 7,000 songs which need to be uploaded. (Before you judge and assume I downloaded all of these illegally, I can tell you that I worked in the music business for over a decade and have thousands of CDs that I've amassed currently residing in my attic!)


My understanding was that the 25,000 limit was only towards songs that could NOT be matched and had to be uploaded. Obviously it makes sense that Apple doesn't want people uploading hundreds of thousands of Grateful Dead live shows to their servers.


That being said, iTunes Match is telling me that I've exceeded my 25,000 limit of "songs not purchased from the iTunes store." It appears that it's counting these 30,000 "matched" songs against my 25,000 limit leaving me with about 12,000 songs that can't be accessed through iTunes match, despite the fact that they dont' need to be uploaded to the service!


Some are saying this is a bug that needs to be worked out, and some are saying that it only lets you match 25,000 "non purchased" songs, regardless if they need to be uploaded or not. Does anyone know for sure what the stance is here, and have proof to back it up?


Thanks so much,