There was an iTunes Match before Apple Music. The service syncs your music library from your Mac’s Music app or your PC’s iTunes for Windows. Then you’ll be able to access your music library from any device that has Sync Library enabled.
The problem is that, while many people switched to Apple Music, which can accomplish the same thing, others decided to pay $24.99 a year to keep uploading their own music library to iCloud, but consumers are now experiencing a slew of issues with iTunes Match.
Seems Apple broke iTunes Match after releasing Apple Music 3.6. You can download all your files in the cloud but if you upload more, they will not respond. Seems this has been broken for a week now,” says a Reddit user
“I upgraded iTunes earlier this week, and I am experiencing the identical issue,” another Reddit member noted. iTunes is stuck on’matching your music with songs in the iTunes store.’
All of Apple’s services appear to be operational on the company’s system status page, and despite recent iCloud issues, Apple does not appear to believe iTunes Match has been harmed.
According to several customers, this problem began with macOS Big Sur 11.5, despite the fact that it does not appear to be unique to this version of macOS.
With iTunes Match still going strong after all these years, even with Apple Music, it appears that the service will be phased out sooner rather than later.
Although maintaining an Apple Music subscription is more expensive than maintaining an iTunes Match subscription, Match subscribers do not have access to Lossless audio quality or Dolby Atmos with Spatial Audio.
It’s still unclear whether this is a glitch or whether Apple is truly phasing out iTunes Match. One thing is certain: Apple Music is the sole service that the firm is marketing to news subscribers.