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Why is there a "Cloud" icon in my iTunes?

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Tom Perkins1 Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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Aug 3, 2012 5:05 PM

I'm still pretty new to iCloud but as best as I can tell, I can't backup iTunes to iCloud. If this is true, why is there a Cloud Icon at the top of my iTunes Library selection?

MacBook Air, Mac OS X (10.7.4)
  • Chris CA Level 9 Level 9 (73,405 points)
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    Aug 3, 2012 5:15 PM (in response to Tom Perkins1)

    You don't backup iTunes to iCloud.

  • apple_ace Calculating status...
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    Aug 3, 2012 5:58 PM (in response to Tom Perkins1)

    What Chris CA is saying is that iCloud deals with Calendars, Conacts, Photo Stream, and @me.com or @mac.com email address. iCloud does not handle media including music, movies, or apps. However, there is a service called iTunes match (subscribed $25 per year) that will basically act as your "iTunes in the Cloud".

     

    Hope this helped, I am a former Apple Tech Support Agent, so if you have any other questions please ask!

  • apple_ace Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
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    Aug 3, 2012 7:01 PM (in response to Tom Perkins1)

    Also the Cloud icon is the generic symbol used by Apple to signify downloading from Apple servers, for example all purchases (not songs that are obtained through CD's or from other websites) are recorded with Apple and you can always download them to your computer if they are ever lost. iTunes Match would not only save your purchased songs, but your outside obtained music as well.

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    Aug 7, 2012 7:27 AM (in response to apple_ace)

    I have purchased many movies & tv shows through iTunes and downloaded to library on my Mac. But this has now eaten up storage on my Mac so it can't download anything else. I have 50G of space on iCloud. I was hoping to store some movies there so they would be available for download to individual devices whenever I need them. Am I understanding that iCloud is not available for storing movies or tv shows? If I delete items from my library on Mac, will they still be available for download on my devices through the "Purchased" link in store? Otherwise, how do I store some library items (without moving my entire library) so I can free up space on my Mac?

  • Chris CA Level 9 Level 9 (73,405 points)
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    Aug 7, 2012 8:52 AM (in response to OmCap)

    OmCap wrote:

     

    I have purchased many movies & tv shows through iTunes and downloaded to library on my Mac. But this has now eaten up storage on my Mac so it can't download anything else. I have 50G of space on iCloud

     

    iTunes purchases do not count against your iCloud storage.

     

     

    Am I understanding that iCloud is not available for storing movies or tv shows? If I delete items from my library on Mac, will they still be available for download on my devices through the "Purchased" link in store?

    Correct.

    Purchased iCloud storage is not needed or used for iTunes purchases.

    It is not needed. You can download them again when you wish.

     

     

    Otherwise, how do I store some library items (without moving my entire library) so I can free up space on my Mac?

    Get an external drive (which you should already have for backup anyway).

  • Henry R Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Oct 8, 2012 9:58 PM (in response to Tom Perkins1)

    I have iTunes version 10.7, and operating system Mountain Lion OS X  version 10.8.2

     

    1) Last week I  signed up for icloud and ITunes iMatch. I have no other devices - just my IMac desktop.

    I did this as a backup for my ITunes music on my IMac, in case I accidentally delete my iTunes songs.  I don't use the Icloud for calendars, photos or anything else. Was paying for iMatch a waste of my money? Is using iCloud worthwhile for me?

    By the way, I do plan to buy an IPod Touch next year, mainly to listen to music in my car.  I'll only have internet access with the IPod Touch when I am at a cafe with wifi access, which is not often.

     

    2) This concerns Google Play. (I know this is the wrong forum but I get no answers at the Google forum).

    I had backed up all my songs onto Google Play, which is in the cloud. But then I deleted them because I had some problems with my playlists. I figured I could upload my songs back to Google Play a second time.

    However, before uploading again to Google Play, I signed up for iCloud and ITunes iMatch with Apple, and all my ITunes songs were uploaded to the Apple  iCloud. Then I tried to upload my songs to Google Play. I could only upload new songs in ITunes to Google Play, not songs that were already in ITunes. My guess is that all my ITunes songs that went into the iCloud via ITunes iMatch were somehow prevented from also going to Google Play.

    (Please note that I switched last week from OS Snow Leopard to OS Mountain Lion in order to be able to use iCloud and iTunes iMatch)

    Any suggestions?

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