A few exciting words from Apple\u2019s iTunes Match Web page:\n\t\u201cWith iTunes Match, all your music \u2014 even songs you\u2019ve imported from CDs \u2014 can be stored in iCloud. So you can access your music from all your devices and listen to your entire library, wherever you are.\u201d\n\t\u201cAll your music\u201d? \u201cEntire library\u201d? \u201cWherever you are\u201d? Unfortunately, that\u2019s just not true.\n\tiTunes Match, announced at Apple\u2019s 2011 WWDC along with iCloud and rolled out last fall for consumers who pay $25 annually, is Apple\u2019s digital-music locker service. Rather than force your computer to upload a big music library over the course of hours, if not days, to the cloud, iTunes figures out which songs in your library are also available in the iTunes store. The tunes that "match" are then automatically added to your iCloud account.\n\tApple says iTunes will upload songs that don\u2019t match so they too live in your music cloud. Even better, all matched songs in iCloud play back at \u201c256-Kbps AAC DRM-free quality \u2014 even if your original copy was of lower quality,\u201d according to Apple.\n\tBut here\u2019s the reality, at least my reality: iTunes did not match my entire library. In fact, about 800 titles out of my 4,300 songs weren\u2019t matched, or almost 20 percent of all my music. According to the little iCloud icon that shows up next to the forlorn tracks in my iTunes library, these items are \u201cnot eligible for iCloud.\u201d No further information is offered in Tunes, though Apple\u2019s website says ineligible items include \u201csongs that are larger than 200MB or songs encoded at 96 Kbps or less.\u201d\n\tAll my songs that didn\u2019t make the iTunes Match grade were imported from CDs, some of them more than a decade ago, when I converted my library in preparation for the first iPod. It\u2019s possible I didn\u2019t encode my tracks at a quality higher than 96 Kbps, but I think I did. Still, dozens of tracks were imported in recent years, when I was savvier about such things, and many are well below 200MB in size.\n\tThe iTunes "mis-Match" wouldn\u2019t be such a big deal, however, if it weren\u2019t for my playlists. If any of the tunes not matched by the service are included in a playlist I created, that entire playlist isn\u2019t synced to my iPhone as long as iTunes Match is activated on the phone.\n\tAnd so, I\u2019m forced to face some unpleasant choices.\n\tI could remove those orphaned tracks from my iPhone playlists. But not having Tears for Fears\u2019 Head Over Heels or The B-52\u2019s Love Shack on my exercise playlist is simply not an option.\n\tI could buy those songs from iTunes and add them to my iCloud collection and thus, my playlists. But with over 800 songs to replace at roughly a dollar a song, that\u2019s not going to happen.\n\tUltimately, I\u2019ve decided to turn iTunes Match off on my iPhone so I can listen to any and all of my tunes. The downside is that I can\u2019t also spontaneously listen to a song that's not stored on my iPhone, which defeats much of iTunes Match\u2019s usefulness for mobile device. Come on Apple, does it really have to be all or nothing at all with iTunes Match and playlists?