4 Replies Latest reply: Jan 20, 2013 6:18 AM by fromsouth
russgriz Level 1 (0 points)

I have a number of songs that I imported to iTunes from tape years ago when iTunes was new.  I signed up for iTunes Match and synched my library to the iCloud.  MOST of my music "matched" fine, but then I noticed that some of my music showed as only "uploaded".  Upon investigation, I noticed that some of these songs are the older ones that I transfered from tape years ago.  These are original "store-bought" tapes that were brand new at the time.  They were imported at 192 kbs quality (overkill, I know but I was keeping everything the same as my imported CDs).  Why can't I get these songs to "matched" status?

  • fromsouth Level 5 (4,080 points)


    • iTunes Match is limited to 25,000 songs.
    • iTunes Store purchases made with the same Apple ID being used for iTunes Match do not count towards the 25,000 song limit.
    • Unmatched content will be uploaded as is; upload time varies depending on the amounts uploaded and local network speeds.
    • Song files over 200 MB will not be uploaded to iCloud.
    • Songs containing DRM (Digital Rights Management) will not be matched or uploaded to iCloud unless your computer is authorized for playback of that content.

    About file formats

    • Songs encoded in ALAC, WAV, or AIFF will be transcoded to a separate temporary AAC 256 Kbps file locally, prior to uploading to iCloud. The original files will remain untouched.
    • Songs encoded as AAC or MP3 that do not meet certain quality criteria will not be matched or uploaded to iCloud.





  • russgriz Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks for the information but this doesn't address my problem. The songs in question do not have DRM and I don't have 25,000 songs in my library.  The sing files aren't large and are available for purchase through iTunes, do why didn't they match like the rest of my songs did?

  • Jimzgoldfinch Level 5 (7,120 points)


    A lot has been written on this about this topic on this forum. Often there is no apparent reason why some tracks match and others don't.


    Usually this involves older CDs not matching with re-mastered versions. Sonic differences, different track lengths and remixes are the main reason.


    Whilst you encoded your tapes at 192kpbs, the overall quality would still be a lot poorer than the first CD's. How did you convert them to digital format? Did you get any tracks to match?



  • fromsouth Level 5 (4,080 points)

    Line that I made bold addresses problem. They have those tracks in iTunes, but your files are so original, that system does not recognize those as anything. Sorry for not explaining, that I made it bold for a reason.