How to Cancel iTunes Match

Are you thinking about canceling iTunes Match? Originally positioned as a way to listen to all of your music on any Apple device even if it was originally transferred to your iTunes library from CD, iTunes Match doesn't make as much sense in a world that is moving away from purchasing music and towards subscribing to it.

Do You Need iTunes Match?

If you already subscribe to Apple Music, you can listen to music you have uploaded on all of your devices. Apple Music contains the same service as iTunes Match, which allows you to upload songs transferred from CD or bought on other music stores to the iTunes library and upload them to iCloud. You can store up to 100,000 songs this way. And because songs bought from iTunes don't count toward this limit, this should be enough for almost anyone.

If you subscribe to Spotify, Amazon Music, YouTube Music or any other subscription service, you only need iTunes Match if those subscription services don't encompass your entire library, especially if some of your favorite songs are supported.

A screenshot of the subscriptions screen on an iPad

How to Cancel iTunes Match on Your iPhone or iPad

Just like the cable company, Apple doesn't make it easy to cancel subscriptions. They've buried it as deep as they can within the device's settings.

  • First, launch the Settings app.
  • Tap your name at the top of the menu. This is the link to your Apple and iCloud accounts.
  • Choose iTunes & App Store.
  • You will see "Apple ID:" followed by your email address at the top of this screen. Tap this to enter the Apple ID settings.
  • Choose View Apple ID and log in to your Apple ID account if prompted.
  • Scroll down and choose Subscription. (See how buried it is?)
  • If you are subscribed to iTunes Match, it will show up under Active. Tap it to view the iTunes Match options.
  • Tap Cancel Subscriptions at the bottom of this window. Your iTunes Match account will still be active until the end of the subscription period.
A screenshot of the subscriptions screen in iTunes

How to Cancel iTunes Match on Your PC or Mac

It's a little easier to cancel a subscription on a Mac or PC, but it is still not entirely intuitive.

  • Launch iTunes.
  • Click the Account menu and choose View My Account...
  • You will probably need to sign into your account unless you have recently viewed your Apple ID account.
  • Scroll down the Account Settings page until the very bottom. Subscriptions is the last entry in the Settings section, and it is very easy to miss. (It's almost as if they are hiding it!)
  • Click Manage to the right of Subscriptions.
  • You should see iTunes Match listed with an Edit link next to it.
  • After you click Edit, you will see the subscription details. Click the Cancel Subscription button to unsubscribe to iTunes Match.