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Apr 12, 2001

Over the past couple of days, MacRumors has received several reports from users who have been able to upload music libraries of greater than 25,000 tracks to iTunes Match or Apple Music's similar scan-and-match feature, and Macworld's iTunes expert Kirk McElhearn has also noted a number of reports on his personal blog.


Just ahead of the launch of Apple Music in late June, Eddy Cue revealed on Twitter that Apple was working to raise the matching limit from 25,000 tracks to 100,000 for iOS 9, but the increase did not occur in September when iOS 9 debuted.

MacRumors checked with Cue back in October for an update, and he indicated Apple was "definitely working on it" with the expectation the increase would go live "before the end of the year."

Apple has yet to update its support page on uploading music Apple Music to document the new limit.

Update 12:08 PM, December 6: Eddy Cue has confirmed to MacRumors that Apple has indeed "started rolling out support for 100k libraries."

Article Link: Apple Raises iTunes Match and Apple Music Library Matching Limits to 100,000 Tracks


macrumors 6502a
Sep 11, 2011
I'm still confused at to whether I need both or not? Will Apple Music + my storage space subscription to the same thing as iTunes Match?
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macrumors 68040
Jan 5, 2012
I'm still confused at to whether I need both or not? Will Apple Music + my storage space subscription to the same thing as iTunes Match?

The difference is tracks matched via Apple Music are DRM-locked. iTunes Match doesn't add DRM. So really, it's up to you.

If I were you, I'd back up my music library locally, then just pay for Apple Music. If you ever want your original library, and you're going to stop paying for Apple Music, you DRM-free songs will still be there.


macrumors 65816
Sep 30, 2007
iTunes Match has been a broken mess since the minute the service launched
What's really pissing me off is I'm no longer an Apple Music subscriber, yet when I try to match music since the launch of Apple Music, nothing matches, it just uploads music and when it does "match" I get an Apple Music file.

iTunes Match is totally useless for me now


macrumors 68030
Jan 6, 2004
I totally agree with you. Instead of using up the Apple servers with increased iTunes Match matching limits, they should instead increase the free iCloud storage limit from 5 GB to something around 15-20 GB. Maybe I am being unrealistic, but hey its better than the increased matching limits.

$0.033 per day ($0.99 per month) for 50 GB too expensive?


macrumors 6502a
Jun 20, 2007
Adorable, well when they fix the itunes Match syncing bugs maybe I'll give it another shot, but it's super annoying to download things over itunes match, and then as soon as your phone sync with itunes all that music gets ripped right off of your iphone again and you have to redownload it.


macrumors 65816
Jun 18, 2009
If one is an AM subscriber then I don't understand what he purpose in matching is since one can stream everything! I can see if you have albums and songs not in AM but otherwise I don't understand the point. On the other hand I do understand for iTunes Match subscribers who do not have AM.
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macrumors 68030
Oct 17, 2007
Fort Worth, TX
The only REAL feature I want out of iTunes and the music store is to offer truly uncompressed AIFF audio files of all tracks in their database. I don't care if Apple charges more or makes it a premium service. I can easily tell the audio quality difference in Apple's 256k AAC and a True 1411K AIFF file, the difference is tremendous if you use good speakers or headphones. Can't really tell squat difference if you are using iPod earbuds.

Beatport offers this service, but they don't carry the full spectrum of music that Apple carries. As of now, the only way to get this quality on some music is to buy the CDs and rip them, after all , whatI am talking about is the raw full quality 44.1k 16-bit AIFF file which contains 100% of the audio data. Apple's current 256k AAC is so compressed it only contains about one-eighth of the full audio data of the track.

It's almost 2016 and Apple should be doing this by now. The nation's carriers have the bandwidth and Apple has the server space...I just wonder why Apple won't carry a premium uncompressed file service. I am hoping they do make this an upcoming feature because I know I'm not the only one who wants full-quality uncompressed audio at the iTunes Music Store!!
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