8 Replies Latest reply: Mar 20, 2013 9:26 AM by Bryan Mumford
Bryan Mumford Level 1 Level 1 (70 points)

Just subscribed to Match. Ready to enable it on my iPad. It tells me all previous music will be removed from my iPad. But the Cloud will do me no good on the road without cell service. Does Match really require me to have no local songs on the iPad???

  • 1. Re: Match to delete songs from iPad???
    Joey!! 【ツ】 Level 2 Level 2 (255 points)

    No, you can enable iTunes Match and also store songs locally. In fact, when you stream a song on the iPad, it actually doesn't "stream" it, but it actually stores the song locally once it has been downloaded so you can listen to it again or in the future without having to download it again.

     

    If you want, you can download a whole bunch of songs so they are stored locally rather than "streamed" by hitting the download button for each song.

     

    Or, if you want all of the songs to be stored locally on your iPad and still have iTunes Match enabled, you can disable iTunes Match on the iPad then sync your iPad with your computer. Then go back and enable iTunes Match on your iPad. It will warn you that all your music will be replaced by those of in iTunes Match. This is true, but it doesn't delete any songs if the songs in iTunes Match are the same ones already stored on the iPad. After doing so, iTunes Match is enabled but all your songs are stored locally.

  • 2. Re: Match to delete songs from iPad???
    Bryan Mumford Level 1 Level 1 (70 points)

    Still a little confused. I have 300 songs on my iPad now. If I turn on Match, those 300 will stay on the iPad and not be erased?

     

    But if I use my iPad as a remote control to stream the cloud to my airplay speakers, every song that gets played from the cloud will also get stored on the iPad?

  • 3. Re: Match to delete songs from iPad???
    Joey!! 【ツ】 Level 2 Level 2 (255 points)

    That will depend on what the 300 songs are. If those 300 songs are all in iTunes Match either Uploaded or Matched, then in theory, they shouldn't be deleted upon enabling iTunes Match. Note that I haven't done that personally, but I have synced all songs to my iPhone then enabled iTunes Match and nothing was deleted.

     

    Yes, when you play a song on the iPad that isn't stored locally (you streamed it from iCloud), after the song is done playing, you don't have to download it again the next time you play it. This is because it essentially downloads the song while you're playing it, then rather than delete the song after you're done listening to it, it stays on the iPad. The song has been downloaded completely and is now stored locally. You can always swipe to delete the local copy, which will reveal the iCloud download button again, giving you more space on your iPad and letting you stream the song again. You can also delete all songs stored locally in the Settings app if you need space fast.

  • 4. Re: Match to delete songs from iPad???
    Bryan Mumford Level 1 Level 1 (70 points)

    This sounds like a serious problem. The iPad will fill up with every song I listen to if I use it as a remote controller in my living room. I guess the workaround is to leave Match off in the iPad, leave the desktop computer running, and use the iPad as a remote to the desktops shared library. Then nothing gets stored on the iPad.

     

    It seems to me that storing every iCloud song locally is "doing too much" for me. It may be a convenience for bandwidth, but with limited memory, the iPad will gag on all the data before very long.

  • 5. Re: Match to delete songs from iPad???
    Joey!! 【ツ】 Level 2 Level 2 (255 points)

    That does sound like a good solution for what you're looking to do. Just using the Remote app would work.

     

    Actually, my previous statements are incorrect! I just found out by testing it myself! Sorry, I usually keep my music stored locally. My statements were regarding previous versions of iOS - it would download the songs and store them locally as you play them from iCloud. Now, with the latest versions of iOS, if you tap to play a song from iCloud, it does not keep it on the iPad when you're done playing it - it is removed and you have to download it again to play it in the future. If you want it to be stored locally, you have to tap the iCloud Download button. Good news! So now you have a couple options to choose from to fit your situation.

  • 6. Re: Match to delete songs from iPad???
    Bryan Mumford Level 1 Level 1 (70 points)

    Except that, since I'm not yet willing to give up Google Streetview, I am unwilling to get the new iOS.

     

    It's always something...

     

    Thanks for all your help.

  • 7. Re: Match to delete songs from iPad???
    Joey!! 【ツ】 Level 2 Level 2 (255 points)

    Google released Google Maps for the iPhone and it does have Streetview. Simply download the app from the App Store.

     

    I know you'll enjoy the new iOS!

  • 8. Re: Match to delete songs from iPad???
    Bryan Mumford Level 1 Level 1 (70 points)

    I looked at it. It's for the iPhone, not the iPad, and it's not nearly as good as the old iPad Streetview.