Originally Posted by kenmcall
iTunes Match is completely outside iCloud storage, and doesn't currently (nor will it) have any effect on your iCloud storage limits. It's only limit is a maximum of 25,000 songs that you've uploaded yourself (purchases done through your iTunes store account don't count towards the limit). If you've passed the 25,000 song limit, that's an amazing collection of music, but I'm not sure I'd call it a "real pain".
Thanks for the info. It's unfortunate that there isn't a way to increase the limit.
This actually is quite a pain, and largely because of secondary effects. I don't really need iTunes Match for its music-in-the-cloud ability although that is sometimes useful. My reason for it is so that iTunes Radio is ad-free.
But once you exceed the 25K limit, new music doesn't upload. OK. But if you try to edit info for any of it there are nag-alerts telling you that they haven't uploaded and things might change and do you really want to proceed. Every damn time. And that is a pain.
And every time you start iTunes it collects your info and re-tries to match. Of course it fails. But you get two or three error dialogs saying that your iTunes Store request failed with error -32xx -- OK. Well, actually, NOT. But there's no "Not OK" button in the dialog.
And since iTunes Match is enabled on my iPhone - so iTunes Radio is ad-free - I can't transfer music from my library. The "recommended" way is to download it from the cloud. Well - that's just silly. Waaayyy slower. Oh - and you can't get the music that hasn't been uploaded because you're over the limit. So I have to turn off Match, transfer music, and re-enable Match.
In toto, this really IS a royal pain.