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Old Nov 15, 2011, 01:03 PM   #1
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Quickly Upgrade All iTunes Matched Songs to 256Kbps




The first thing many iTunes Match users will want to do upon purchasing the service is to upgrade all their matched music to the 256Kbps. Unfortunately, there is no push-button ability to do this, but it is possible with a few simple steps -- but make sure you've already turned iTunes Match on and it has finished running its initial match.

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Make a Smart Playlist Create a Smart Playlist with the following attributes:

- Bit Rate is less than 256kbps
- Media Kind is Music
- Any of the following are true: (to create this conditional, option-click on the plus button in the Smart Playlist window) iCloud status is Matched, iCloud status is Purchased.




This creates a list of all your low-bit-rate files that are upgradeable--namely, ones iTunes Match has deemed Matched or Purchased.
Once the smart playlist is created, select all the files by pressing Command-A or going to the Edit Menu and choosing "Select All." Then, press Option-Delete to remove all the songs from iTunes -- however, make sure not to select the box that removes the songs from iCloud. We only want to remove the local, lower quality sound files. When iTunes asks, select to move the files to the trash.

Finally, make sure that all the songs remain selected and right- or control-click any song and choose Download. This will start the long (depending on how many songs there are, possibly very long) downloading process. iTunes only downloads 3 items at one time, but Apple's iTunes servers are generally very responsive.

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Old Nov 15, 2011, 01:24 PM   #2
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Thank God for Smart Playlists!
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Old Nov 15, 2011, 01:26 PM   #3
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Just make sure you don't delete anything less than 96 kbps! They don't go to iCloud and will be lost forever!
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Old Nov 15, 2011, 01:31 PM   #4
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Does anyone know what happens to the songs if you cancel Match? With the originals deleted, are you able to download the songs to your computer one last time?
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Old Nov 15, 2011, 01:34 PM   #5
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Does anyone know what happens to the songs if you cancel Match? With the originals deleted, are you able to download the songs to your computer one last time?
dude you should search and read, this has been covered.....relentlessly
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Old Nov 15, 2011, 01:35 PM   #6
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Just make sure you don't delete anything less than 96 kbps! They don't go to iCloud and will be lost forever!
I don't believe that those songs are "matched" and they should not be in the smart playlist to begin with.

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I don't believe that those songs are "matched" and they should not be in the smart playlist to begin with.

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Old Nov 15, 2011, 01:37 PM   #8
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I have many playlists in iTunes. Surely this method will remove them from the tracks playlist
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Old Nov 15, 2011, 01:40 PM   #9
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I don't believe that those songs are "matched" and they should not be in the smart playlist to begin with.

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And yet I had a song stuck on "Waiting" that showed up in the smart playlist. No clue why.

I hope that Apple will allow us to try to match the unmatched songs in our libraries again as the matching algorithm improves. As it is I've got a number of albums which partially matched depute having been ripped from CD together.


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I have many playlists in iTunes. Surely this method will remove them from the tracks playlist
No, the tracks should stay on all your playlists with cloud download links which will go away once you've re-downloaded everything. At least that's what happened on mine.
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Old Nov 15, 2011, 01:46 PM   #10
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I created the playlist but when I try to option delete, I just have iTunes makes the dialog error sound but no dialog box pops up. Also when I go into Edit -> Delete, the option is greyed out. Any ideas?
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Old Nov 15, 2011, 01:52 PM   #11
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Actually, a much better method of doing this is making a new smart playlist with these settings:
  • iCloud Status is Matched
  • Kind is not Matched AAC Audio File

This will make a playlist of only the songs iTunes Match was able to Match, and not just the low bitrate songs that it was potentially unable to match. It will also not show the songs you've redownloaded from iTunes Match already and only the ones you already have on your computer that have not been matched.

edit: I didn't see that it already had these settings after it chose music and low bitrate in the original post. Still, this is how I've been doing it, and it works great.
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So how do I replace the files on my iPhone then? Just resync with iTunes after upgrading all my songs on my PC?
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Old Nov 15, 2011, 02:14 PM   #13
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dude you should search and read, this has been covered.....relentlessly
I was wondering the same thing he was. I have done some searching and haven't come up with anything. I'm obviously not a stalker, I mean super searcher like yourself. Could you kindly redirect me to what I need to know?
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Old Nov 15, 2011, 02:15 PM   #14
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This is so rad, I am sold
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Also when I go into Edit -> Delete, the option is greyed out. Any ideas?
Press the option (aka alt) key before you click on the Edit menu, then the Delete option should be available.
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Press the option (aka alt) key before you click on the Edit menu, then the Delete option should be available.
Ahhh thanks was holding command instead.
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Old Nov 15, 2011, 02:26 PM   #17
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Good post, thanks. I've got 2400 songs that are now upgrading!

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So how do I replace the files on my iPhone then? Just resync with iTunes after upgrading all my songs on my PC?
Yup, just sync your phone and you'll be fine.

Personally, I've got iTunes match turned off on my iPhone. I prefer to carry my entire library at all times, even if they are smaller files.
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Old Nov 15, 2011, 02:37 PM   #18
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Heh. Funny that I'm reading this article as I am making a Smart Playlist with songs under 96kbps to re-rip/re-download...
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Wow, this is awesome! Thanks MR and Macworld. I had over 4400 songs that it needs to redownload...
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Ahhh thanks was holding command instead.
For some reason this does not work for me. Perhaps it is because I am on Windows 7 at work but I cannot seem to find a way to delete the songs. Any suggestions?
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I was thinking...couldn't you also do the reverse if you wanted to save space on your hard drive?
Instead of less than 256Kbps you do GREATER than 256Kbps and get the 256Kbps version instead of the existing higher bitrate song?
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Old Nov 15, 2011, 02:48 PM   #22
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Very cool. I was thinking about doing this very thing. I was only going to search for Matched songs. I didn't think that I probably have purchased songs less than 256 kbps.

I kinda feel like I should wait a week or two to do this. Give Apple's servers a chance to breath.
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Press the option (aka alt) key before you click on the Edit menu, then the Delete option should be available.
I am running iTunes on Win 7 on a MBP Running Bootcamp/Lion. The Delete option is greyed out still, even when pressing the Alt Key first. Any ideas?
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Old Nov 15, 2011, 02:53 PM   #24
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This is RISKY!!! iTunes Match might match a different version of the song you have, particularly in dance music where there might be different mixes of the same song.

You should NOT DO THIS unless you have a FULL backup of your library you can go back to if you suddenly find you have the wrong version of a song you like!

When in doubt, backup. Then make a backup of your backup.
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