Subscribe to iTunes Match

iTunes Match stores all of your music in iCloud—even songs you’ve imported from other sources such as CDs—and gives you access to it from all of your devices, at any time. iTunes Match is an annual subscription.

Subscribe to iTunes Match

When you subscribe to or turn on iTunes Match, your device or computer will be associated with your Apple ID. Your Apple ID can have up to 10 devices and computers (combined, with a maximum of five computers) associated with it. Learn more about associating devices and computers to an Apple ID.

When you subscribe to iTunes Match, Genius will begin associating information about your iTunes library with your Apple ID. You won't be able to disable Genius while using iTunes Match. Subscribing to iTunes Match also allows you to listen to music on iTunes Radio ad-free. Learn about iTunes Radio availability in your country.

You can subscribe to iTunes Match using iTunes on a computer or an iOS device with iOS 7.1 or later.

iTunes Match minimum requirements:

Subscribe from a computer:

  1. Open iTunes. Download the latest version.
  2. Choose Store > Turn On iTunes Match.
  3. Click the Subscribe button.
  4. A "Sign In to subscribe to iTunes Match" dialog box will appear.
    • ​If you already have an existing Apple ID that you use for iTunes Store purchases, enter your Apple ID and password to sign in. Then click Subscribe. Learn how to use the same Apple ID for iTunes Store purchases and iCloud
    • If you do not already have an Apple ID, click Create Account to create one.
  5. You might be asked to validate your billing information. After you've added a valid payment method, click Subscribe. You can use store credit to pay for your iTunes Match subscription; however, you must have a valid payment method on file at the time of sign up.
  6. Agree to the iTunes Match Terms and Conditions. iTunes will automatically scan your iTunes library for matches.
  7. A status indicator lets you track the scan's progress. You can manually pause and resume the scan at any time by clicking the Stop or Start button. If at any time during the matching and uploading process you lose your Internet connection or experience a power outage, iTunes will automatically resume where it left off the next time you open iTunes. 
  8. Once iTunes has completed scanning, matching, and uploading any unmatched songs, click Done.

The download buttonwill be displayed next to items that are available for download from iCloud. If the download button is not visible, this means that the item already exists locally in your iTunes library.

Subscribe from an iOS device using iOS 7.1 or later:

When you subscribe to iTunes Match from an iOS device, your local tracks (tracks that live on your device) will not be matched or uploaded to iCloud. You'll need to sign in with your Apple ID from a computer in order to match and upload your local music library.

  1. Make sure your iOS device is  running iOS 7.1 or later.  
  2. Tap Settings > iTunes & App Store.
  3. If you're not already signed in with your Apple ID:
    • Tap the Apple ID field.
    • Enter your username and password.
    • Tap Done on the onscreen keyboard.
  4. Once you've signed in, tap "Subscribe to iTunes Match."

    subscribe to iTunes Match

  5. You might be asked to validate your billing information. After you've added a valid payment method, tap Subscribe. You can use store credit to pay for your iTunes Match subscription; however, you must have a valid payment method on file at the time of sign up.
  6. Agree to the iTunes Match Terms and Conditions. You'll receive an onscreen message that you've successfully subscribed to iTunes Match.

Turn off iTunes Match Auto-Renew

By default, iTunes Match will automatically renew your subscription at the end of your one-year subscription.

Turn off Auto-Renew from a computer:

  1. Open iTunes. Download the latest version.
  2. Choose Store > Sign In.
  3. Enter your Apple ID and password.
  4. Click Sign In.
  5. Choose Store > View My Account. You might be asked to re-enter your Apple ID password.
  6. In the "iTunes in the Cloud" section, click Turn Off Auto-Renew to the right of iTunes Match.

Turn off Auto-Renew from an iOS device using iOS 7.1 or later:

  1. Choose Settings > iTunes & App Stores.
  2. If you're not already signed in with your Apple ID:
    • Tap the Apple ID field.
    • Enter your username and password.
    • Tap Done on the onscreen keyboard.
  3. Tap your Apple ID name.
  4. Choose View Apple ID.
  5. From the Account Settings page, scroll down to the iTunes in the Cloud section.
  6. Tap the iTunes Match Renewal toggle so that it slides to the left.

    iTunes Match renewal

Learn more

Notes

  • 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 larger than 200 MB will not be uploaded to iCloud.
  • Song files longer than two hours in length 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.

iTunes Match availability

Learn more about iTunes Match availability.

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