Apple increases the track limits for iTunes Match and iCloud Music Library

Apple Increases iTunes Match and iCloud Music Library Track Limit

Since iTunes Match launched in 2011, a subset of users, including myself, have been clamoring for an increase to its limit of 25,000 matched and uploaded tracks. With the advent of Apple Music, and the ability to select from a nearly limitless amount of music to add to libraries, users have been frustrated by this ceiling.

In June, Eddy Cue stated on Twitter that Apple Music would have the 25,000-track limit at the launch of Apple Music, and that the company hoped to increase it to 100K for the release of iOS 9.

Last Friday, users started seeing that they could add more tracks to libraries that were at the limit, and over the weekend, a number of users confirmed to me via Twitter, and email, and in comments on my blog, that they had seen their limits increase, though some users were not yet seeing this new limit.

According to MacRumors, Mr. Cue confirmed that Apple had “started rolling out support for 100k libraries.” If you aren’t able to add more than 25,000 tracks to your iTunes Match or iCloud Music Library library (not counting tracks purchased from the iTunes Store), then this new limit should be coming soon.

For now, Apple’s support document for iTunes Match still says that the limit is 25,000. iTunes Match costs $25 per year, and Apple Music costs $10 per month, or $15 per month for a family plan. To understand how they work together, read this article that I wrote in July.


Kirk McElhearn

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