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Not terribly long ago, if you purchased music from the iTunes store and then lost that music for one reason or another, Apple was within its rights to say, sorry dude, you should've backed it up, and left it at that. That's no longer the case thanks to a new service called iTunes in the Cloud that allows you to re-download any music or TV shows you've purchased from the iTunes store. Of course, this requires that you have an Apple ID and that you have purchased music or TV episodes from the iTunes store. Let's see how this works. Tap on the iTunes Store app, and in the screen that appears tap Purchased at the bottom of the screen.
By default, you see a list of artists representing artists whose work you've purchased at the left side of the screen. Tap on an artist's name, and on the right side of the screen you will see all the tracks by that artist that you've purchased from the iTunes store. Now these are not currently on the iPad. I've purchased them, but now I need to download them. In order to do so, I can simply tap on Download All The, and in this case this would be the Jellybrick's song, button to the right. Now let's choose the Christopher Breen album. And I will show you that you can individually download songs too, just by tapping on a title next to the track.
When you do this, the songs swoop down to the Downloads icon indicating that they're being downloaded. Tap the Downloads icon, and you can observe the progress of the download. And now hit Purchased at the bottom of the screen. Let's tap on Jellybricks, and tap on Albums. Here you can see the two albums that I've purchased from the Jellybricks. Now I will tap on the album cover. At this point, we are actually already downloading these tracks, but if we weren't, we could download just that album simply by tapping on the Download button that would appear right next to the album cover.
We will dismiss that window by tapping outside it. You can also re-download TV shows that you have purchased. To do that, tap the View button in the top left corner, and tap TV Shows. A list of TV Shows appears. So, for example, let's tap on the Game of Thrones entry, and then we will tap on its artwork. This works much the same way. If there were multiple episodes here, we can download them all simply by tapping on Download All. Also in this window, we can see a preview of an episode. We are not going to show that, but if you wanted to see one, you just tap on that Play icon and you'd be able to preview the episode, to make sure you are downloading the right one.
And then to download individual episodes, simply tap on the Download button to the right of the title, and we will do that now. You have the option to download either in standard definition, or if the show is available in HD, in high definition. In this case, we will tap on Download HD. Note that this is going to take up more space on your iPad, but it looks better and we will tap outside that window to make it disappear. Now we are going to move over to the Mac. iTunes in the Cloud is a very nice feature but Apple support for media stored and retrievable from the cloud, doesn't stop there.
For $25 a year, you can not only access music you've purchased from the iTunes store, but additionally, up to 25,000 tracks in your iTunes library that you haven't purchased from the iTunes store. This service is called iTunes Match, and it works like this. On your Mac or Windows PC, fire up the latest version of iTunes, that's version 10.5.1 or later, and from the Store menu, choose Turn on iTunes Match. In order to belong the iTunes Match, you must subscribe, so click on the Subscribe for $24.99 Per Year.
You will be prompted for your Apple ID and password, enter it, and click Subscribe. iTunes will then scan through your music library and send a list of it's contents to Apple. Any tracks that match tunes available from the iTunes store will be made available to up to 10 devices, including your iPad that are associated with your Apple ID. There's no need for you to upload your copies. If tracks in your library aren't available for the iTunes store, they will be uploaded. Note that if you have a large music library and a lot of tunes that need to be uploaded, this can take many hours.
You can continue using iTunes as you normally would. When iTunes Match finishes, you'll see this completion screen. Now let's move back to the iPad. Go to Settings and then tap Music. And here we'll switch on iTunes Match. We will enter our password, and tap OK. Note the warning that iTunes Match is going to replace the music library on this device. In order to make iTunes Match work, you must tap Enable. If you also switch on Show All Music, which is on by default, music available via iTunes Match, as well as music you've downloaded to your iPad, will appear in the Music app.
Now launch the Music app, and wait for its contents to be updated with iTunes Match content. It's not unusual to see these empty album covers, eventually, they all populate with album art. Now let's tap on an album. And you see a couple of options. One is to download all of the contents of the album, or you can download individual tracks. So let's download the first track of this album by tapping on the Download button. You see the progress gauge to the right indicating the progress of the download.
Once the track is downloaded, you no longer see that download icon, because the track is now on your iPad. If you wanted to play that track, all you'd have to do is tap on it. We will exit this window by tapping outside of it. You can also download all of the tracks by a particular artist by tapping Artists at the bottom of the screen. Then tap on an artist name, and flicking down on the left side and tapping Download All. When you do that, you will see the progress gauge is on the right side indicating each tracks download progress.
And that's the idea of iTunes Match. This content exists in the cloud. When you want access to it, simply download it to your device over a Wi-Fi network and you have the content on your iPad. A few notes about iTunes Match content, tracks you download from iTunes Match are encoded at 256 kilobits per second in the AAC format. This encoding may be at a higher resolution than the files that were originally in your iTunes library, meaning, that they may sound better. So, for example, if you ripped a CD in an MP3 format at 128 kilobits per second, you're actually getting a better quality file, which is very cool! So what happens when at the end of the year your iTunes Match subscription ends and you decide you no longer want to subscribe? We can keep any tracks you've downloaded. You own them now.
You won't have access to your Match music until you pay Apple again for another year subscription however. Again, iTunes Match will work with up to 10 devices, including computers and iOS devices like your iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. If you are looking for an easy way to have access to your iTunes library, it's an option worth exploring.
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