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Match Collection

Last Updated: Jul 25, 2014

What does matching my library do exactly?

Rdio's Mac or Windows apps will first find the file on your computer that describes what is in your iTunes or Windows Media Player library. It then reads the file and looks for names of artists, albums and songs and sends those names to Rdio. The artists, albums or songs you have in your library that Rdio also has in its catalog will be added to your Rdio Collection. It’s a quick and easy way to match the Collection you have on Rdio with the one you have on your computer, so you don't have to start from scratch.

Does that mean I’m sending you all my MP3s?

No song files are ever sent or transferred from your computer to Rdio. It’s the metadata describing the artists, albums and songs that is sent.

Does that list stay linked to me?

Nope. We do the matching, and then disassociate the list from your account. You can sync your library as often as you like and only new artists, albums and songs from your local music library are added to your collection on Rdio.

How do I match my collection on a Mac?

From the File menu, select Match Collection to match tracks from your existing iTunes library with Rdio’s catalog.



The pop-up will display how many matched tracks we found, and clicking 'Match Collection' will automatically add these directly to your Rdio Collection. 

What if my Mac iTunes library is in a custom location?

Rdio for Mac will automatically search for your music library file in its default location. On a Mac, this is /Users/[your username]/Music/iTunes/iTunes Music Library.xml

If your collection of music is somewhere else (say, an external hard drive), you can click “Change” to manually specify a different location.

How do I match my collection in Windows?

From the menu drop down of the upper right corner, select 'Match Collection'. The default tab is set to search from an iTunes library. If you're using a Windows Media Player Library, select the second tab as shown below.



The pop-up will display how many matched tracks we found, and clicking 'Match Collection' will automatically add these directly to your Rdio Collection. 

What if my Windows music library is in a custom location?


No problem. Just click 'Change' to specify a different location. iTunes typically stores it's library as follows:

Windows XP: C:\Documents and Settings\username\My Documents\My Music\iTunes\
Windows Vista: C:\Users\username\Music\iTunes\
Windows 7: C:\Users\username\My Music\iTunes\
Windows 8: C:\Users\username\My Music\iTunes\
Note: You may have an iTunes Music folder instead of an iTunes Media folder.

Windows Media Player files are typically located in a folder called My Music, such as C:\Users\username\Music. Windows Media Player can be set to monitor other folders for Media to import to the library, so be sure to scan these folders if you store music elsewhere. Other locations typically can include folders on a network drive or shared public folders.

 

Why do I see songs or albums on Rdio that weren’t matched?

Collection matching is an imperfect science, and unfortunately variances in metadata can make it so that some available artists/albums/songs aren't matched.

Match Collection didn't work at all for me! What should I do?

Here are some common things to try, when troubleshooting problems related to Collection Matching:

 

  • Make sure you're using the latest version of iTunes.
  • On a Mac, make sure your Applications folder permissions are set to read/write.