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I have some very large, high quality music files that I have downloaded from other services (e.g. Beatport) and these files are 1411 kbps, or about 10 MB per minute of music.

I have been considering iTunes Match, but am somewhat confused about the upload process.

Would the service irreversibly degrade my tracks to 256 kpbs?

Will there be a limit on how many of these large tracks I can keep in the cloud?

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I think it uses the highest quality available on a device for playback. For example, if that HQ song is on your Mac and you are using iTunes Match, it will play the HQ version. You don’t have that HQ song on your iPhone, so it will stream the iTunes version. –  duci9y Oct 8 '12 at 9:02

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A little googling makes me think thar duci9y is spot on in his/her comment.

According to this. iTunes Match will downgrade your music for the cloud if the format and size is right. So your original files will be available to you on your local mac, but will not be in the cloud. There will be no backup/cloud sync of your big files. Not even a copy if the file is bigger than 200mb. If it were me I would backup all my big files before I try Match even though they should not be changed by Match.

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