iTunes Match ~ >25k Songs?

Discussion in 'Apple Music, Apple Pay, iCloud, Apple Services' started by tj2001, Nov 14, 2011.

  1. tj2001 macrumors regular

    Dec 7, 2003
    Florida - USA
    Any hints, plans, or rumors for an iTunes Match (Pro, Plus, DJ Edition) with extended storage? My iTunes library is 25,277 songs and as advertised Apple has 25k limit on songs...

    I really really would like to be a subscriber... only quick idea I had would be to maybe split my library and dual subscribe with different Apple IDs.

    Any thoughts, solutions, or info would be much appreciated ;TIA!
  2. zedthedeadpoet macrumors newbie

    Apr 2, 2010
    My understanding is that its a 25k limit on songs that it DOES NOT MATCH. So assuming some of your music library is for sale on iTunes, you should be able to store your whole library on iCloud no problem.
  3. tivoboy macrumors 68040

    May 15, 2005
  4. tj2001 thread starter macrumors regular

    Dec 7, 2003
    Florida - USA
    Answers from both spectrums... I was hoping/leaning on that if the music was already in the cloud it wouldn't count towards any limits; that would be great! Surely someone with a library over 25k songs has signed up... chime in and fill in the details please ;)
  5. Samuel Beckett macrumors newbie

    Jan 31, 2007

    I can't tell you how disappointed by the 25k limit I am. I have 28K+, mostly ripped from CDs (though more and more itunes/amazon DLs) and growing at about 150 or 200 or so a month. I wrote off the possibility of a high capacity ipod classic since I thought they were going to supply the capacity in the cloud. Guess not.

    Of course, it makes absolutely no sense, unless you are religiously prohibited form having more than one tier of pricing (um, iTunes?), to not just charge more for more storage. I already have all my 28K+ tracks in the Amazon Cloud (took about three days at fios upload speeds), at a price of my Amazon Prime subscription. But I was so looking forward to Match. Boggled.
  6. tharris0101 macrumors member

    Apr 15, 2010
    No, its 25k songs not purchased off iTunes.
  7. tj2001 thread starter macrumors regular

    Dec 7, 2003
    Florida - USA
    Isn't that the same thing... in a nutshell? I guess does the 25k limit include or exclude actual matched songs? That is the bottom line; or is it 25k period regardless if they are matched or not?
  8. eTip macrumors 6502

    Mar 12, 2009
    Create another library (on the same computer, same iTunes account) or mark some songs as Podcasts or Audiobooks. Read more here:

    Read kimhill's suggestion in the comments section for an easier way to duplicate your library.

    I have 45K+ songs & haven't decided wtf I am going to do. Whether I start fresh or make a copy of my library & remove - it won't be an easy task for me. I am holding out for a better solution for now. Sucks that the people that have the greatest need for iTunes Match are shutout.
  9. pooryou macrumors 65816


    Sep 28, 2007
    Pick 300 songs that you don't mind not being in 'the cloud' and add them to a playlist. Select them all, uncheck them, and then 'get info' and change their Media Type to Audiobooks. Then you can join iTunes Match and let it do its thing. It will take over 24 hours with that big of a library so be warned, just leave it alone and let it do its thing.

    After everything is done you can go back to that playlist and change the Media Type of those songs back to Music. Eventually Apple will have to offer an upgrade option.

    This is basically what I did and it worked.
  10. Julien macrumors G4


    Jun 30, 2007
    No because purchased off iTunes and just matching are not the same thing. If you rip song "Here Comes the Sun" off your CD then it counts as one of your 25,000 and you only have 24,999 left. If you bought "Here Comes the Sun" off iTunes then it doesn't count and you still have 25,000 left.

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