How to enable iTunes Match on your iPhone or iPad

iTunes Match iPhone

All right! Apple released iTunes Match on 14 November 2011. Now you can access your entire music library in iCloud on any authenticated device that runs on iOS 5. You can enable iTunes Match on your iPhone and iPad in the device’s settings.

After enabling iTunes Match, you can download and start playing at the given time on multiple devices (Apple devices).

Apple turned on iTunes Match last month. On 14 November 2011, toggle started working which was not the case last month. You need to start with enabling iTunes Match in the iTunes on your desktop. After that, you can enable the service on your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch. iTunes Match is also supported on Apple TV for music streaming.

iTunes Match iPhone

However when enabled, iTunes Match would delete all the music you have stored locally. Deleted music would be replaced by iCloud tracks. Thus, when you enable iTunes Match, you would be warned to replace all the music in your device with all the music you uploaded to iCloud.

Thus, you need to follow following steps before you enable iTunes Match:

STEP1 – Create a backup of all the music that you did not get from iTunes on your computer.

STEP 2 – If your device has iOS 5, you should navigate Settings app to turn on iTunes Match. Go to the music section. iTunes Match would be found at the top of the screen. Swipe this toggle.

STEP 3 – When you swipe the toggle, you would be asked to enter your Apple ID and password. Enter them to enable your iTunes Match.

iTunes Match iPad

STEP 4 – You get two options once you enable iTunes Match in your device that has iOS 5. Turn on the “Show All Music” option. All the tracks that you have matched in iCloud will be viewable in your music app. You will see downloaded tracks as well as tracks from iCloud that you downloaded by tapping the cloud icon that was next to each track and album. If you leave the “Show All Music” option turned off, you would see only local music.

iTunes Match iPod Touch

While using iTunes Match for the first time, you should leave “Show All Music” option turned on initially. When this option is off, you would see only that music that you have already downloaded. You can turn it off you want to hide your track list, if it becomes too long for you to see. You anyway would not want to download all the music in your device.

With automatic uploads of more music to iTunes Match, your device would refresh on its own to display the added tracks to you. If you turn on the “Show All Music” option, you will see all the available tracks that you can download.

Priced at $24.99 a year, iTunes Match is available for purchase at iTunes store.

Source: iDownload Blog

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