Before Apple Music, there was iTunes Match. This service allowed you to upload your music library to the cloud from the Music app on your Mac or iTunes for Windows on your PC. Then you can access your music library on all your devices that have Sync Library enabled.
The problem is that while a lot of people have switched to Apple Music, which can do the same, other users chose to pay $ 24.99 a year to keep downloading their own music library using iCloud. But now these users are reporting a whole host of iTunes Match issues.
As can be seen from several Apple support forums and Reddit, users are reporting that the service has practically stopped working. According to some users, this issue started cropping up with macOS Big Sur 11.5, although it doesn’t seem to be limited to this version of macOS.
On the Apple System Status page, all services are working fine. And while users have repeatedly encountered issues with iCloud lately, Apple doesn’t seem to think it has an impact on iTunes Match.
Given that iTunes Match has been around for all these years, even with the arrival of Apple Music, it seems like the service may end sooner rather than later.
While Apple Music is more expensive to subscribe to than iTunes Match, Match subscribers cannot enjoy Lossless sound quality, much less Dolby Atmos with Spatial Audio.
It’s unclear if this is a temporary bug or if Apple is actually phasing out iTunes Match. One thing is for sure: the company has not been pushing subscribers to this service for a long time, mentioning only Apple Music in its promotional materials.