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I have a little over 9000 songs. Between yesterday and this morning, iTunes Match is finally done evaluating and uploading songs, and it seems to have made a few mistakes.

If I show the iCloud Status column in my song list, in a number of albums I'll see "Matched" for most of the tracks, but "Uploaded" for one or more track. If I look up that song/album/artist on the iTunes Store, Apple has those songs. I've even looked at the track info to see if they might have been encoded differently, but on the few I've spot checked they have the same encoding as the other songs in the album that were matched.

I've been able to force iTunes Match to re-evaluate songs that showed "Error" before (no errors now), but I can't seem to figure out how to force it to re-evaluate these songs that were non-matches even though they're in the store. How do we do this? Do I turn off iTunes Match and start over again? I've been reluctant to do so considering how long it took yesterday.

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I am wondering the exact same thing. –  pmd Nov 15 '11 at 19:52
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I think the best way to do this is to remove them from your iTunes library (keep the files and put them somewhere). Then restart iTunes and it should remove them from the cloud. When they're gone, re-add them. Hopefully iTunes Match will correctly identify them. Let me know if this works and I'll transfer it to an answer for others that may inquire about the same thing. –  cksum Nov 16 '11 at 4:51
    
I just tried this with a test track (I didn't want to lose metadata unnecessarily), and it didn't appear to work. iTunes Match did seem to "upload" it very, very quickly, so I'm wondering if the version previously uploaded did not get deleted from iCloud even though I checked the box to have it do so. I'm thinking more and more of just flipping Match off and then turning it back on again, maybe after letting it sit for a day or two. –  beverson Nov 17 '11 at 4:16
    
A question about what causes this (distinct from your question about how to fix it) has also been asked. –  raxacoricofallapatorius Nov 17 '11 at 21:52
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You may not be able to get complete matches, but here's what I have been doing in the cases where one or two tracks don't match.

  1. Select the item(s) to attempt to re-match.
  2. Right-click on them, and select "Create AAC Version"
  3. When this is complete, hit alt-backspace, and choose to remove both the original and the iCloud version. Also choose to delete the items from disk.
  4. Go to the "Store" -> "Update iTunes Match" menu item.

Note that this will keep the play counts, etc on your tracks. It may not succeed on every track, and sometimes repeating the process picks up another track.

Occasionally, I'll get a "Removed" icon there after doing this: just right-click and choose "Add to iCloud" on these.

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Sounds promising. Tried it with one track to test it out, and iCloud Status is sitting on "Waiting" for that track. I'll post again when it changes. –  beverson Dec 20 '11 at 14:49
    
Yeah, I found sometimes they stick on Waiting for a while, then change to either Uploaded (bah) or Matched (woohoo). –  Matthew Schinckel Dec 20 '11 at 23:48
    
This worked for me. Thanks! –  ihatetoregister Dec 26 '13 at 10:17
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Try deleting the "uploaded" ones from the service & run Match again to see if it does better the second time around.

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Worth a try: change the tracks "Kind" to something else than music and then change back?

(not able to test myself unfortunately)

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I didn't check all of them, but I spot-checked about 50 tracks or so. They all have "Media Kind" selected to "Music" and then grayed out so I can't change it. –  beverson Nov 21 '11 at 13:39
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