6 Replies Latest reply: Mar 17, 2013 5:59 AM by ghe
ghe Level 1 (15 points)

I put a used CD into my iTunes and there was one track that it wouldn't read all the way through. Less than a minute of the song was transferred from the CD to iTunes. But it subsequently showed up as Matched in iTunes, though when I played it, all it would play was the under-a-minute amount that had been uploaded from the CD.

How can it Match a song that it only has a portion of and, if it actually did Match, why wouldn't I get the entire song when I play it?
Thanks for any answers.

  • Kappy Level 10 (266,046 points)

    Match updates automatically if you have it enabled. When it cannot find a track in its own library then it uploads from your computer. So it apparently uploaded the truncated track from your iTunes which led to Match having the truncated track.

  • ghe Level 1 (15 points)

    Kappy -  That would explain it if that were the case. But as I noted in my question, the partial song was Uploaded it was marked as Matched. Any other ideas?

  • Jimzgoldfinch Level 5 (7,690 points)


    Try deleting file and move to trash. Do not hide in cloud. Now download track. Do you get full tack?



  • ghe Level 1 (15 points)

    Jimzgoldfinch - Didn't work and still doesn't answer the question. I deleted it and tried to download the track after my first effort. But when I tried it the second time it again uploaded only a partial track. The second time, though, when Match updated it was marked as Uploaded not Matched. Which again leads to my initial question: How and/or why would Match record a Match against a partial track?

  • Michael Allbritton Level 6 (16,785 points)

    Are you absolutely sure the original, shortened track was "matched?" If it was, then when you deleted the original and downloaded it from the cloud you would have gotten the full track. There is no way you would have gotten the same thing back from the cloud unles it had actually been "uploaded."


    As to how a partial track might be matched, this is actually not to surprising since the matching process only looks at a portion of the sonic fingerprint of the song. It would simply take a few seconds of the music, compare it to its DB and "match" what it had. Not such a mystery. But based on your description is do not believe this is what happened in your case.

  • ghe Level 1 (15 points)

    OK. Sounds like it'll just have to remain a mystery...