5 Replies Latest reply: Dec 22, 2011 3:56 AM by KeithJenner
KorkyMcC Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

We have our music on my mac with all five family members using it.

We have family mobile me until June and have moved our accounts to iCloud already.

Will my family be able to use our single library on their devices.

If so what's the best way to do it

iMac, Mac OS X (10.4.4)
  • KeithJenner Level 4 Level 4 (1,020 points)

    You say that all of your music is on your Mac. Is it all in one library, or do you have separate iTunes libraries.


    If they are separate then it will be complicated, as using one iTunes match account will result in all the libraries being made available, which could be quite messy.


    If the music is all in one iTunes library then it is quite easy. Just sign up to Match on your Mac and let it get on with matching and uploading to the cloud. Then turn match on on each persons devices. There is a limit of 10 devices which can be used, and the Mac is counted as one of them.


    If you have individual iCloud accounts then that won't affect things as it is a separate thing, but if you have different iTunes accounts that you purchase music on then this may cause some problems with matching, as songs only show up as purchased if they were bought on the same iTunes account as that which you use to sign up to Match.


    Hope that makes sense.

  • KorkyMcC Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks Keith

    We are using one library.

    I suspected it might be the answer. Do iPhones count as a device or do we just keep syncing them with limited music as we can't load all our library.



  • KeithJenner Level 4 Level 4 (1,020 points)

    iPhones count as one device, so you can have the Mac plus up to 9 iPhones/iPods/iPads or Apple TV's associated with the account.

  • KorkyMcC Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Does it mean none of the music needs to be stored on any of the other nine devices at all and can still be played anywhere. Or must you be in wifi or 3G etc

  • KeithJenner Level 4 Level 4 (1,020 points)

    You have to be in range of wifi or 3G to stream from the cloud. Using Match, you can download tracks to be stored on the devices, and the sensible solution if you are likely to be away from internet access at times is to have a playlist of your favourite stuff downloaded for offline listening, but you can access the rest when you are online.


    A couple of things to consider:


    If your 3G data is capped you may run into problems if you stream a lot.


    When you play songs on your phone then it does actually download the song as well. This is handy if you play the song again as it doesn't need to redownload, but you will need to do some regular housekeeping to ensure that you don't fill the device up.