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TS4124 Does using iMatch free up the storage space on your computer that the songs normally take up?

552 Views 1 Reply Latest reply: Feb 28, 2013 6:05 AM by Winston Churchill RSS
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Does using iMatch free up the storage space on your copmuter that the song files normally took up? Also, do I have to be on a network or connected to 3G to listen to song that are stored in the Cloud through iMatch? I am trying to figure out if buying this makes sense or not and I do not fully understand how it works. When you are finished using it, say in a year when you dont renew the subscription, will I lose any of my music that is not "downloaded" back to my computer?

 

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  • Winston Churchill Level 10 Level 10 (81,655 points)

    You can indeed delete all the contents from your iTunes library if you use iTunes match, however this is not something I would recommend. From time to time songs or albums can be removed from the iTunes Store, if this occurs you will no longer have access to them if you do not have them on your own computer.

     

    iTunes match on your mobile device starts off with a list of all your content from iTunes, but at that point it is not downloaded. You would need a Wi-Fi or 3G connection in order to download them and listen to them on your device. However once something is downloaded to your device it will stay there until such time as you choose to delete it.

     

    If you subscribe to iTunes match and remove all the content from your computer, then allowed your subscription to expire without re-downloading it, you would lose access to anything that was not purchased from the iTunes Store to begin with. Anything purchased from the iTunes Store can always be re-downloaded using iTunes in the cloud even without your iTunes match subscription.

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