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vukodlak75
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iTunes Match Question

I tried iTunes Match about 6 months ago. iTunes uploaded about 3500 songs. After about two weeks I decided to turn off Match (I had all sorts of glitches).
Before I turned it off I deleted all my music that was uploaded. I followed a guide that told me to delete 999 songs at a time and update Match after each delete. After I did that I turned it off.

Yesterday I decided to try it again and found out that the songs that were once uploaded (6 months ago) were still there. Some of those songs are not even on my local library anymore (I deleted them).

Does anyone know how to permanently delete the uploaded songs on the cloud?
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Thinkdiff
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When you delete a song from iTunes with iTunes Match turned on, there's a checkbox on the delete confirmation that asks if you also want to remove it from iTunes Match.

If you've already deleted the song and still see it in your library with a cloud icon next to the name, then you just need to re-delete it to permanently remove it.
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vukodlak75
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OK, I made sure I did as you advised.
I then enabled iTunes Match on a different Mac with an empty library to make sure nothing was in the cloud. it was empty.

I then went back to my original Mac and enabled iTunes Match.
After some time (30 minutes) it finished processing I checked the iCloud status column and it says "uploaded" for about 3000 songs.
There is now way I uploaded 3000 songs in 30 minutes.
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darcilicious
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Wouldn't it only need to upload the ones that aren't in the iTunes store already? Isn't that the point of Match? (I don't know for certain, that's why I'm asking).
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darcilicious
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Yes, that's exactly how it works:

How iTunes Match works.
iTunes determines which songs in your collection are available in the iTunes Store. Any music with a match is automatically added to iCloud for you to listen to anytime, on any device. Since there are more than 26 million songs in the iTunes Store, chances are your music is already in iCloud.3 And for the few songs that aren’t, iTunes uploads what it can’t match (which is much faster than uploading your entire music library).

(emphasis mine)
»www.apple.com/si/itunes/itunes-match/
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vukodlak75
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reply to darcilicious

If those songs were deleted then this time around it would need to upload unmatched songs again. There was no upload progress for the unmatched 3000 songs.

So why is the iCloud status saying "uploaded" if it did not upload it this second time around?

Does Apple keep uploaded songs archived so they don't need to be uploaded again?
It just seems that they can't get permanently deleted.

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darcilicious
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said by vukodlak75:

Does Apple keep uploaded songs archived so they don't need to be uploaded again?

That sounds like a definitely possibility, doesn't it? (I didn't realize the 3000 from your original post were unmatched...)
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Thinkdiff
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reply to vukodlak75
Yes. Apple keeps uploaded songs for some period of time. If you re-run Match on a song that isn't in your current Match library, but was previously uploaded by you, it'll still find that copy and not reupload it.

I have no idea how long uploaded songs stay in their cache or if there's a way to truly remove them all (I'm guessing no).
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