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Previously in this chapter, we saw how to sync music from our iTunes Library to the iPhone. But I mentioned that if you're an iTunes Match subscriber, the method for getting music to your device is different. So in this movie let's take a look at how to setup and use iTunes Match. First of all, iTunes Match is a paid service from Apple that let's you store your music library in iCloud. You can then play and download the music in your collection on your iOS devices and other computers running iTunes. To set it up, open iTunes and go to Store, Turn On iTunes Match. iTunes Match currently costs about $25 per year, so if you'd like to use this service, click the Subscribe button.
You'll be asked to Sign In with your Apple ID and iTunes Match will run through these three steps, Analyzing your iTunes library, Matching the songs with the iTunes store and then Uploading artwork and remaining songs. Depending on the size of your collection, this could take several hours or even a couple of days. So, basically, what iTunes is doing here is analyzing your entire music library. Any songs in your collection that are available on the iTunes store are made available for you to download onto other devices.
This includes music you didn't purchase from the iTunes store. For example, if you bought a CD and ripped it to your computer and that album is available on the iTunes Store, then it's automatically available for you to download. I have CDs that I bought back in the early 90s that I can now download through iTunes Match and those files are all high-quality iTunes plus files, it's pretty cool. Any songs in your library that aren't available for sale on the iTunes Store are uploaded to your iCloud account. So depending on how large or eclectic your collection is, it may take a while for all these songs to upload.
The nice thing is iTunes Match storage doesn't count against your free iCloud storage space. But once your songs have all been uploaded, you can set up your iPhone or iPod touch by going to Settings, Music and here turn on iTunes Match. You'll be asked to Sign In with your Apple ID and then tap Enable to indicate that you understand any music currently on your device will be replaced. With iTunes Match on, you'll see two additional toggle switches appear.
With Use Cellular Data on, iTunes Match will download content over your Cellular account when your iPhone isn't connected to a Wi-Fi network. Be aware that this will count against your data plan, so you may not want to keep this option on. Show All Music displays all the music that's available for you to download from your iTunes Match account. Basically, it mirrors your iTunes Library. With this switched off, you'll only see the songs you've downloaded and which reside on your device. So let's leave that ON and go over the to the Music app. We'll cover the music app more fully in a later chapter, but for now, you can see I have Artists selected and you can see the Artists from my iTunes library.
None of these albums are on my iPhone right now, but I can still browse through my entire library, select an Artist, and if I want, I could click the Download button here to download all three of these albums or I can tap an individual album and here I can download this entire album by clicking the Download button at the top of the screen or I can just tap to download individual songs. Tapping a song starts playing it as a stream, but it also downloads in the process. So if you have an iPhone with a smaller internal hard drive, you may want to be selective about which songs you store in your device.
So if I wanted to download a couple more songs from this Album, I can just tap them. Now, to show you how this works, I'm going to go back to my Music settings x to be I'm going to turn OFF Show All Music. So now when I go back to the Music app, you can see that now I'm only seeing the songs I've downloaded so far. So that's iTunes Match. You can repeat this process for any other iOS devices you have, like an iPad, and you can also Sign In to iTunes Match on other computers running iTunes.
For more information on how it works, visit apple.com/itunes/itunesmatch.
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