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Previously in this chapter, we saw how to sync music from our iTunes library to your iOS device. 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 set up a new iTunes Match. First of all, iTunes Match is a pay service from Apple that lets you store your music library in iCloud. You can then play and download your music in your collection from your iOS devices and other computers running iTunes. So to set it up in iTunes, go to store, turn on iTunes Match. iTunes match currently costs $25 per year.
So if you'd like to use this service, click the Subscribe button. And you'll be asked to sign in with your Apple ID. Once you have it set up iTunes analyzes 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 that you didn't purchase on the iTunes Store. For example if you bought a CD and then ripped it to your computer and that album is available on the iTunes Store, then it's automatically available for you to download. Any songs in your library that aren't available for sale in the iTunes store are uploaded to your iCloud account. So depending on how large or eclectic your collection is it might take a while for all the songs to upload.
The nice thing is that iTunes Match storage doesn't count against your free iCloud storage space. So again, it may take a while for iTunes to run through these three steps. So you can see in step three here, iTunes is now uploading the artwork and the songs that it can't find on the iTunes store. And now I see the message that my iTunes library is now available in iCloud. I'll click done. And once all your songs have been uploaded you can set up your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad by going to Settings>Music, and here I turn iTunes Match on. You then have to tap Enable to indicate that you understand that any music currently on your device will be replaced.
So I'll tap Enable. Now with iTunes Match on you'll probably also want to decide whether you want this switch labeled, Show All Music switched on or off. With it on, the music app will display all the music that's available for you to download from your iTunes match account. Basically it mirrors your entire iTunes library at this point. But with it switched off, you'll only see the songs you've downloaded and which reside on your device. Let's leave it on and go to the Music app. We'll cover the Music app more fully in a later chapter, but for now, with Artists selected, you can see the artists from my iTunes Library, and I can browse through, find a band, and see all the albums I have from that band.
But none of these albums are actually on my iPhone right now. If I want, I can scroll back up to the top of the list, and click the Download All button to download every song in this list. Or I can tap the download button next to individual albums to download just that album. Or I can tap the download buttons next to individual songs just to download those songs. Now if you want to listen to a song right away, you can tap it's name or anywhere in the row that's not the Download button, and doing so will start it playing but it will also download it in the process. I'll just pause that for now. So, if you have one of the iOS devices with smaller internal storage, you might want to be more selective about which songs you download to your device.
Now, if I go back to music settings and I turn off Show All Music, when I go back to the Music app now. I only see the songs that I have downloaded so far. But again if you are using iTunes match. You probably want to be able to browse your entire music collection. So I go back and turn Show All Music back on. So that's iTunes match. You can repeat this process for any other iOS devices that you have like an iPad or iPod touch, and you can also sign into iTunes Match on other computers running iTunes to get your music. For more information on how it works visit Apple.com/iTunes/iTunes-match.
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