Apple Posts iTunes Match Overview, FAQs And Walkthrough Video

After rolling out iTunes Match internationally last week, Apple has posted a new page with details about iTunes Match including a walkthrough video and an FAQ section.

Prior to this page, iTunes Match was a part of the iCloud sub section of Apple’s website, as 9to5Mac notes.

The new page includes a brief description of iTunes Match, the way it works and steps to get started with the service. Apple also tries to clear any misinformation about the service (including the streaming versus downloading debate) through the FAQ section.

We’ve included a few important questions from the FAQs below:

How many devices can iTunes Match support?

iTunes Match supports up to 10 devices — including your computer, iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, and Apple TV.

Will my playlists sync across devices?

Yes. When you create, edit, or delete a playlist on your Mac, PC, iPhone, or iPad, those changes will sync across any iTunes Match-enabled device you own. However, playlists with videos, voice memos, or PDF files will not sync.

Does iTunes Match stream or download songs?

On a computer, any songs stored in iCloud will stream over the air when played, though you can download them at any time by clicking the iCloud download button. iOS devices will start playing tracks from iCloud as they download and will store them so that you can listen to them later even if you don’t have a network connection. Apple TV only streams songs.

What happens if I don’t resubscribe after the first year? Will I lose any upgraded songs?

No. Any songs you’ve upgraded or downloaded again are completely safe. The only thing you lose is the central storage — iCloud will no longer stream or download matched or uploaded songs to your devices.

Does the Apple ID I use for iTunes Match have to be an iCloud account?

No. If you’ve been using a separate Apple ID for purchases, that Apple ID will also work for iTunes Match. You should use the Apple ID that is associated with the majority of your music purchases.

You can checkout the walkthrough video posted by Apple below:

For the full FAQ section, hit the source link below.

[iTunes Match via Apple Bitch9to5Mac]

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  • Does anybody know what it does with music with no metadata.
    Track 01 unknown artist

    • D

      Dec 27 – 12:18 am
      It will match songs with data and download those without. It downloads it all.

    • A

      It doesn’t match metadata though. So if there’s a match, it will give you the matched ACC audio file but any metadata that was in your original file will remain in the matched track as well.

  • D

    It will match songs with data and download those without. It downloads it all.

  • weid

    Just what’s is this 25,000 song limit. Does t mean iTunes Match will only match 25,000 song for me that it will not accept anymore songs after that number or it applies to unmatched songs that I can upload to iCould? anyone, please?

  • fas


  • Why the heck hasn’t it been highlighted that turning on Match turns OFF Genius!?!?!? That’s a huge thing for a lot of people! And nobody thought to mention it? Sure, it’s in the support doc – as a FOOTNOTE. It’s just GARBAGE! I subscribed for $25, but now I wish I’d saved my money. Genius may still be available on my PC, but I listen to my iPhone – the PORTABLE device? Taking away Genius from my iPhone and my iPad is flat out retarded.