ITunes Match useless?

Discussion in 'macOS Mojave (10.14)' started by Rumpot, Jul 22, 2019.

  1. Rumpot macrumors newbie

    May 25, 2012
    Has anyone had a good experience with ituneMatch in Mojave?
    It very rarely matches any burned from CD items, and the purchased items with DRM seem to only match about 80% of the album.
  2. haralds macrumors 6502a


    Jan 3, 2014
    Silicon Valley, CA
    Mine has a better % than that. But with a large library I do see mess ups that I have to fix.
    Tracks appear as duplicates with iCloud errors.
  3. Rumpot thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 25, 2012
    How much luck have you had with your own burned CDs library? I either get not matched or at best 1/2 an album.

    I've slowly been doing one album at a time, and even stuff purchased from the store(pre 2009) with the same appleID will not not match whole albums me. It is very annoying to have one or two songs per album not matched and sill DRM locked.

    Not to mention a number of my old purchases are not in the store anymore and I'm totally stuck with the DRM versions.

    I talked to a Sr.Apple Care specialist and was told that's not the purpose of itunesMatch(remove DRM), just deal with it, and the things you read online are false. At least they said they would refund a prorated amount.
  4. Blackforge macrumors 6502

    Mar 8, 2008
    If your files are at a higher bitrate than 256, it will prefer your files over any potential matches.
  5. Jack Neill macrumors 6502

    Jack Neill

    Sep 13, 2015
    San Antonio Texas
    I have decent luck with match, it’s had it’s ups and downs but for 25$ a year it’s value was worth it
  6. rworne macrumors 6502a


    Jul 23, 2002
    Los Angeles
    I had it back when it was in Beta. I have a rather large library of non-US licensed tracks that are on iTunes in other countries.

    I was quite pleased to see the beta was not enforcing regions for a while and managed to update a ton of low-bitrate tracks.
  7. Rumpot thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 25, 2012
    I personally think it is doing it on purpose just to mess with me. Literally every other album I try(ripped by me which is @128, or purchased from the iTunes store with DRM ) I get 1 or 2 songs per album that do not match.
    One other thing I do not understand even if it does not match, it can certainly find it when I click "Show in store".

    Do they still offer the $.30 upgrade for DRM'd tunes so I can match the stragglers?
  8. Erehy Dobon macrumors regular

    Erehy Dobon

    Feb 16, 2018
    My iTunes Match accuracy is about 83% -- so in the same ballpark.

    I wish the service was smarter. If I upload an album and 8 of the 10 tracks match yet the other 2 do not, shouldn't the service guess that the other two tracks are part of the same album? Especially if the song durations are off by a second or two.

    Since I mostly listen to classical music, I have albums that can have 30-40 tracks and it's annoying to see that one track which isn't a match.

    Anyhow, I still pay the annual fee. The tracks from the iTunes Store/iTunes Match service should be slightly better than the ones I rip myself since the iTunes Store engineers have better tools for transcoding audio. Often I can upload ripped 256Kbps AACs and get back a "Mastered for iTunes" track.

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