iCloud - Download only, or stream too?

Discussion in 'Apple Music, iCloud and Apple Services' started by m021478, Nov 14, 2011.

  1. macrumors 6502

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    Does iCloud allow me access to all of the music and TV shows I've purchase on iTunes for download only, or for streaming too?

    If I want to listen to Michael Jackson's Thriller for example, I can fire up Spotify and be listening to any track I want within a couple seconds. Using iCloud (assuming I've purchased that album and it's not currently stored on my device), I would first have to download the entire album, which could take 10-20min depending on 3G or WiFi speeds, then I could play it.


    Seems like a deal-breaker if I have to download it before I can access it.

    Is this right?
     
  2. macrumors regular

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    Wrong. It will stream your songs but match is for music only so your tv shows are not stored in the cloud.
     
  3. thread starter macrumors 6502

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    How am I supposed to get it to stream. All I can figure out is that clicking the cloud icons begins downloading the track. Tapping on the track name simply plays the 30-90 second preview for a song, but not the whole song. Do I play it back from the iTunes.app, or do I have to initiate download from the iTunes.app, then switch over to the Music.app to play it back.

    Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated... Thanks!
     
  4. macrumors regular

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    It actually does both. My song starts playing as soon as I click/tap on it. So it streams as it downloads and then you're left with a copy on your device after the song plays. You can simply swipe across to delete it if you don't want a copy remaining on your hard drive.

    I'm not sure why it wouldn't play the whole song for you. That's very strange.
     
  5. thread starter macrumors 6502

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    When you say "My song starts playing as soon as I click/tap on it"... I think what's actually being played for you is the short 30-90 second preview of the song, but not the entire song?

    When you say click/tap on it, do you mean the cloud icon, or the track name? As far as I can tell, clicking the track name plays the track preview, and clicking the cloud icon begins the track downloading...
     
  6. rWally, Nov 14, 2011
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    I actually just shuffled a playlist so I wasn't clicking on individual songs. I'll try again here and let you know what happens for me.

    edit: So I just played a random song on my iphone from the cloud and it played the whole way through immediately when I tapped on it. I had a fully downloaded version of the song after it was done playing. At that point I could swipe and delete or just leave it. When I 'delete' it the icloud icon just comes back so you can easily play it again if you want.
     

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