About 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.
After you subscribe to iTunes Match, Genius associates information about your iTunes library with your Apple ID. You can't 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.
iTunes Match minimum requirements
- iTunes 10.5.2 or later on your Mac or PC.
- iOS 5.0.1 or later on your iPhone, Pad, or iPod touch.
Subscribe to iTunes Match on a Mac or PC
- Open iTunes. Make sure that you have the latest version.
- Mac: From the menu bar at the top of your computer screen, choose Store > Turn On iTunes Match.
Windows: Turn on your iTunes menu bar by pressing Control and B on your keyboard. Then choose Store > Turn On iTunes Match. Learn more about iTunes for Windows menus.
- Click the Subscribe button.
- A "Sign In to subscribe to iTunes Match" dialog box appears.
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.
- You might be asked to validate your billing information. After you add a valid payment method, click Subscribe. You can use store credit to pay for your iTunes Match subscription, but you must have a valid payment method on file at the time of sign up.
- Agree to the iTunes Match Terms and Conditions. iTunes will automatically scan your iTunes library for matches.
- 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.
- Once iTunes has completed scanning, matching, and uploading any unmatched songs, click Done.
The download icon will 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. Sign in with your Apple ID on a computer to match and upload your local music library.
- Make sure that your iOS device is running iOS 7.1 or later.
- Tap Settings > iTunes & App Store.
- If you're not already signed in with your Apple ID, tap the Apple ID field and enter your Apple ID and password. Then Tap Done on the onscreen keyboard.
- After you sign in, tap "Subscribe to iTunes Match."
- You might be asked to validate your billing information. After you add a valid payment method, tap Subscribe. You can use store credit to pay for your iTunes Match subscription, but you must have a valid payment method on file at the time of sign up.
- 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
On a computer
- Open iTunes. Make sure that you have the latest version.
- Mac: From the menu bar at the top of your computer screen, choose Store > Sign In.
Windows: Turn on your iTunes menu bar by pressing Control and B on your keyboard. Then choose Store > Sign In. Learn more about iTunes for Windows menus.
- Enter your Apple ID and password.
- Click Sign In.
- Mac: From the menu bar at the top of your computer screen, choose Store > View My Account.
Windows: From the iTunes menu bar, choose Store > Sign In.
You might be asked to re-enter your Apple ID password.
- In the "iTunes in the Cloud" section, click Turn Off Auto-Renew to the right of iTunes Match.
On your iOS device
- Choose Settings > iTunes & App Stores.
- If you're not already signed in with your Apple ID, tap the Apple ID field and enter your username and password. Then tap Done on the onscreen keyboard.
- Tap your Apple ID.
- Choose View Apple ID from the pop-up menu.
If prompted, enter your password.
- Scroll down to iTunes in the Cloud.
- Tap the iTunes Match Renewal toggle so that it slides to the left.
More about iTunes Match
- 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 won't be uploaded to iCloud.
- Song files longer than two hours in length won't be uploaded to iCloud.
- Songs containing DRM (Digital Rights Management) won't 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 formats will be transcoded to a separate temporary AAC 256 Kbps file locally, before they're uploaded to iCloud. The original files won't be changed.
- Songs encoded in AAC or MP3 formats that do not meet certain quality criteria will not be matched or uploaded to iCloud.
- Learn more about iTunes Match availability.
- Learn how to set up your Apple ID for iCloud and iTunes.
- Learn how to resolve issues with iTunes Match.
- Learn how to add your computer, iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to iTunes Match.
- Learn how to delete songs and music videos from your iTunes library with an iTunes Match subscription.
- Learn about the iCloud status icons you'll see when you have an iTunes Match subscription.
- Learn how to manage your iOS devices in iTunes.
- Learn how to authorize or deauthorize your computer in iTunes.