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 associates 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.

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. Click iTunes Store.
  3. Under Quick Links on the right side of the window, click iTunes Match.
  4. Click the Subscribe button.
  5. A "Sign In to subscribe to iTunes Match" dialog box appears. Enter the Apple ID and password that you use to make purchases from the iTunes Store.
  6. 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 also have a valid payment method on file.
  7. 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.

  8. After iTunes has completed scanning, matching, and uploading any unmatched songs, click Done.

You'll see a download icon   next to items that are available for download from iCloud. If you don't see the download icon, the item is already in your local 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 also have a valid payment method on file.
  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, your iTunes Match subscription automatically renews 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 page, or use these steps:

  1. Open iTunes.
  2. If you’re not signed in, sign in with your Apple ID.
  3. From the menu bar at the top of your computer screen or at the top of the iTunes window, choose Account > View My Account.

    If you’re using Windows and can’t see the menu bar, learn how to turn it on.
  4. Enter your password, then press the Return or Enter key on your keyboard, or click View Account.

On the Account Information page:

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

More about iTunes Match

  • iTunes Match is limited to 100,000 songs. 
  • iTunes Store purchases made with the same Apple ID being used for iTunes Match don't count towards the 100,000 song limit.
  • Unmatched content is uploaded as is. Upload time varies depending on the amounts uploaded and local network speeds.
  • Song files larger than 200 MB won't upload to iCloud.
  • Song files longer than two hours in length won't upload to iCloud.
  • Songs containing DRM (Digital Rights Management) won't match or upload to iCloud unless your computer is authorized for playback of that content.
  • 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.

About file formats

  • Songs encoded in ALAC, WAV, or AIFF formats transcode to a separate temporary AAC 256 Kbps file locally before they upload to iCloud. The original files don't change.
  • Songs encoded in AAC or MP3 formats that don't meet certain quality criteria don't match or upload to iCloud.
  • Songs encoded as MP3 or AAC that have been matched to the iTunes Store are made available for download as 256 kbps as AAC from iCloud. 
  • Matched songs in your local library don't automatically transcode to 256 kbps AAC. To get a higher quality transcoding, download the matched songs from iCloud.

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