iTunes Match has been finicky for many people since its launch, but as with any service that includes both local and remote components, there’s no telling where the problems lie. Apple has now released iTunes 10.5.2, advertising it as providing “several improvements for iTunes Match,” so perhaps we’ll see some of the iTunes Match oddities disappearing (like why does it sometimes match all but one song on an album?). Also fixed in iTunes 10.5.2 is an audio distortion problem when playing or importing certain CDs. Apple doesn’t explain what “certain” means, but it does make one wonder if the music companies are trying some sort of copy-prevention hackery. (Free, 102 MB)
Extract Directly from Time Machine
Normally you use Time Machine to restore lost data in a file like this: within the Time Machine interface, you go back to the time the file was not yet messed up, and you restore it to replace the file you have now.
You can also elect to keep both, but the restored file takes the name and place of the current one. So, if you have made changes since the backup took place that you would like to keep, they are lost, or you have to mess around a bit to merge changes, rename files, and trash the unwanted one.
As an alternative, you can browse the Time Machine backup volume directly in the Finder like any normal disk, navigate through the chronological backup hierarchy, and find the file which contains the lost content.
Once you've found it, you can open it and the current version of the file side-by-side, and copy information from Time Machine's version of the file into the current one, without losing any content you put in it since the backup was made.
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Anyway, I just wanted to alert people to the possibility of an issue if there are multiple iTunes match users using the same computer even on different user accounts. This update has not fixed the issue for me.
I really wish Apple had allowed Apple ID merging, since that would have cleared up a lot of this.
On re-reading my post it does look like I'm complaining/asking for help. However, I really was just wanting to warn people about this issue. I agree with you that Apple ID merging is the answer to a lot of issues. I haven't seen any comment from Apple as to whether it might happen in the future. If I get a resolution through AppleCare I'll be sure to let you know.
Thanks for the reply.