iTunes Match - when are deleted songs actually deleted from account/server?

Discussion in 'Apple Music, Apple Pay, iCloud, Apple Services' started by jk73, Apr 18, 2015.

  1. jk73 macrumors 6502

    Jul 19, 2012
    Does anyone know when songs that are deleted from one's iTunes Match account are actually deleted from Apple's servers?

    A few times, I've deleted a song from iTunes Match and then added it again a few hours or days later, and I've gotten a "Duplicate" error or a "Removed" error when iTunes Match scans the song. This seems to imply that songs deleted from iTunes Match aren't really deleted immediately.

    Does anyone know how iTunes Match handles this? Is there a set time after which songs that were deleted are actually deleted from one's account? Thanks.
  2. Gav2k macrumors G3


    Jul 24, 2009
    For me personally it works instantly with exception of a few weeks back it played up for the day but resumed normal functionality the following day.
  3. jk73 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jul 19, 2012
    Interesting. It doesn't seem to work like that for me. A few days ago, I deleted a CD that I discovered had some skips in it. Today, I added the same CD back to iTunes, and iTunes Match treated it like it was already in my library — i.e., the Matched songs were immediately listed as matched and the Uploaded songs were immediately listed as uploaded, but nothing was actually uploaded. (The whole thing took seconds, but there were at least 20 songs marked "uploaded.")

    I now have good copies on my MBP, but I'm concerned that if I download copies to my other devices via iTunes Match, I'm going to get the old, damaged copies of the "uploaded" songs.

Share This Page