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.

About your iTunes Match subscription

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.

Your iTunes Match subscription adds your songs to your iCloud Music Library using iTunes so that you can enjoy them from all of your devices. To access your music from all of your other devices, turn on iCloud Music Library on each device. Your iCloud Music Library can also contain songs from your Apple Music membership. Learn about the differences between iTunes Match and Apple Music.

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.

On your Mac or PC

  1. Open iTunes. Make sure that you have the latest version.
  2. Mac: From the menu bar at the top of your computer screen, choose Store > iTunes Match.
    Windows: Turn on your iTunes menu bar by pressing Control and B on your keyboard. Then choose Store > iTunes Match. Learn more about menus in iTunes for Windows.
  3. Click the Subscribe button.
  4. 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.

  5. 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.
  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 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.



On your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

When you subscribe to iTunes Match from an iOS device, your local songs (songs that live on your device) will not be matched or uploaded to your iCloud Music Library. Sign in with your Apple ID on a computer to match and upload your local music library.

  1. Make sure that your iOS device is running iOS 7.1 or later.  
  2. Tap Settings > Music.
  3. Tap "Subscribe to iTunes Match."
  4. 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.
  5. 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 Automatic Renewal

By default, iTunes Match will automatically renew your subscription at the end of your one-year subscription. You can cancel your subscription or unsubscribe to iTunes Match by turning off Automatic Renewal on your Mac or PC or on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.

On your Mac or PC

Click to open iTunes and sign in to your Account Information, or use the steps below:

  1. Open iTunes.
  2. Click Sign In, and then enter your Apple ID and password.
  3. Click your name and select Account Info from the menu.
  4. Enter your password again.

On the Account Information screen:

  1. Scroll to the iTunes in the Cloud section.
  2. To the right of iTunes Match, click Turn Off Automatic Renewal.



On your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

  1. Choose Settings > iTunes & App Store.
  2. 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.
  3. Tap your Apple ID.
  4. Tap View Apple ID.
  5. If prompted, enter your password again.
  6. Scroll down to the iTunes in the Cloud section.
  7. Turn off iTunes Match Renewal.

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.
  • Songs encoded as MP3 or AAC that have been matched to the iTunes Store will be made available for download as 256 kbps as AAC from iCloud. 
  • Matched songs in your local library won't automatically be transcoded to 256 kbps AAC. To get a higher quality transcoding, download the matched songs from iCloud.

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