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Why iTunes Match matches some while uploading others

by on Jul.12, 2013, under Uncategorized

iTunes match has this bad habit of matching most of the songs on an album, but leaving a few that then get uploaded. This seems to happen most often on older albums, and I think I’ve determined a big part of why it happens. Song length. I had an Alan Parsons Project CD, “Tales of Mystery and Imagination,” that I ripped into my collection. I’m aware that there have been original and remastered versions of this album in years past. What I’ve discovered is that the 3 songs from that album that uploaded to iTunes Match instead of being matched are all several seconds different in length from the versions in the iTunes store. From 4 to 22 seconds different. Editing the lengths of those songs with a sound file editor fixed the problem and they matched.

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