iTunes Match functionality seems to be crippled in iOS 6:
- You cannot swipe delete an individual song from your iPhone
- You cannot swipe delete an entire album from your iPhone
- You cannot download an individual track from an album, only the entire album
- When 'Show all music' is selected, you cannot tell which songs / albums are stored on your phone as it shows them all with no indication of whether they're stored locally or in the cloud.
The impacts of all of this are:
- Once you have downloaded music to your iPhone, you can no longer delete it. Which means that eventually your iPhone will be full.
- You cannot decide to download just the tracks you want to listen to from an album any more. It's the whole thing or nothing.
These are serious changes to the way iTunes Match works on iOS devices and there has been nothing from Apple explaining the changes, users have been left to figure it out themselves. I'm not sure I want to pay for this service any more. Anyone else feel the same?
Massive news! Apple have fixed this in iOS 6.1 beta 2, according to a comment on MacRumors. The screenshot below shows that the ability to download individual tracks as well as delete them has been reinstated:
Of course, there's a teeny tiny chance that this will be undone again by the time it goes public, but hopefully not. Thank you Apple for listening!!