Ahh, that icon is also shown against individual songs. I have 6 of my 5520 songs listed with the cloud icon with a down-arrow on it. I went to my "purchased" categaory under store, to try to figure out what makes these 6 different from all of my other purchased songs, and noticed I can't add that iCloud category to the display.
I have no idea what makes those different.
I saw that, and assumed that some of these were purchases that someone at Apple decided to throw in my cloud for whatever reason. Since I didn't want this, I downloaded the ones that weren't in my physical library for some reason, and deleted the one in the cloud. Sorry, I want to make the decision in matters like this, not let some yahoo decide what's best for me.
>The cloud icon means you bought those songs from the iTunes Store, but they're
>not stored on your computer. If you play them, they'll be streamed from Apple's
>servers -- hence "iTunes in the Cloud". If you click on the cloud icon, it'll
>download the song to your hard disk.
Hmm, since I never use streaming, I wonder how that happened. I looked at the first song that I have with the cloud symbol.
It is "Alone Again Naturally", so I did a search on that.
The cloud version doesn't have my rating, the composer, nor the lyrics, but is shown as last played 11/30/12. The two other copies have my details, and are shown as last played two different dates. One of the other copies shows up as "purchased".
I'm wondering if these are songs that I purchased back when they had DRM and then upgraded when they removed the DRM. Ahh, one kind has "Apple Lossless audio file", the one in the purchased folder has "Protected AAC audio file", and the cloud version has one has 'Purchased AAC audio file".
I checked one I had. It appeared that I had a 128kb version and the cloud one was 256kb. I must have updated it with itunes plus at one point but it never downloaded for some reason. I doubled checked purchases in my account and it didn't add a new one for the download so it must have been something I already had.
It's actually a little weird.
There are some where I have the 256, and the cloud wants to download the 128, so the accounting is messed up a bit. I upgraded tons of songs but this only happens with about 2, so it's not like it's just showing you own both versions.
And in about 10 others it just wants me to download ones I have already, same bitrate. However the downloaded ones end up being m4p where the ones I already have are m4a.