iTunes Radio vs. Auto App Update over cellular

Discussion in 'iOS 7' started by rshock, Sep 19, 2013.

  1. macrumors member

    Oct 23, 2012
    I asked this in the "Stupid Questions" thread but it got burried without an answer.

    Is there any way to enable iTunes Radio over cellular data, without allowing Auto App Updatings over cellular (but still retaining Auto App Update over Wi-Fi)? I would like to limit my Auto App updates to only when I am on Wi-Fi. However, I would also like to be able to listen to iTunes Radio while I am in the car (over cellular).

    It appears that iTunes Radio requires "Automatic Downloads" to be set to allow "Over Cellular Networks" to be turned on if you want to listen to iTunes Radio while out and about, because it considers iTunes Radio to be an "Automatic Download".

    But this is a global toggle. If you allow iTunes Radio access to cellular data AND you have Auto App Updates enabled, these too will be downloaded over cellular which can kill your battery and data plan.

    Am I missing something? Can I not use iTunes Radio over cellular without my Apps Auto Updating without turning on/off these toggles every time I want to use iTunes Radio?
  2. macrumors regular

    Jun 22, 2007
    Was just going to post this same question. Clearly there needs to be a seperate toggle to allow iTunes Radio over cellular data and another toggle to be able to restrict music and app updates to wi-fi. In the meantime I guess I will have to leave app-update on manual :mad:
  3. thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 23, 2012
    Very dissappointing. It would seem these two great new features are... mutually exclusive.

    What's the point of having "Auto" App Update if you have to manually go in and enable it to avoid it using your cellular data all the time?
  4. macrumors 68030

    From A Buick 8

    Sep 16, 2010
    Ky Close to CinCinnati
    Good question, i may have to turn auto updates off.
  5. macrumors 6502

    Oct 14, 2008
    Not sure whats wrong with your phone but I have all automatic downloads turned off but have use cellular data on for music and I can stream itunes radio just fine.
  6. thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 23, 2012
    That works for me too, but that's not the issue. What doesn't work is, I want automatic downloads only over Wi-fi. So automatic app update is "ON" (so it will work over wi-fi), but you should be able to have it update ONLY over wi-fi. To do this, I switch "OFF" the "Use Cellular Data" option.

    Unfortunately, this switch also prevents iTunes Radio from using cellular data, which seems like a severe limitation.
  7. macrumors 6502

    Nov 20, 2009
    From what I understand you can go into your cellular settings instead, and switch off cellular data use for the App Store specifically. This way you can retain cellular usage for iTunes Radio while the automatic downloads from the app store are disabled unless you're on wifi.

    I'm trying to confirm this is true though by ensuring disabling the App Store cell usage does in fact include automatic downloads as well.
  8. macrumors 6502

    Nov 20, 2009
    Just tested this out and it works, automatic downloads were queued while iTunes Radio continued playing. The only downside is that you can't access the App Store at all while you're on cellular, so if you just want to browse for apps you'll have to wait till you're on wifi. Seems like an acceptable tradeoff for me though.
  9. macrumors newbie

    Apr 10, 2013
    Accessing the App Store over cellular should still be allowed whilst limiting auto downloads to wifi only.

    What is the best way to notify Apple of these types of requests for future iOS updates?

    iTunes Radio isn't an auto download. It's streaming audio. It shouldn't be lumped into this menu toggle.
  10. macrumors newbie

    Feb 20, 2012
    This really bugs me also. Seems like apple and the iPhone "carriers" have discreetly made a deal with each other and tried to slide this one thru. All this does is mask a great feature into another feature and cause users to increase data usage without realizing it. Eventually little things like this will add up to another reason we will have to start increasing our data plans. This will do nothing but make money for the carriers and probably also get paid back to apple as well.
  11. macrumors 6502

    May 3, 2011
    Upper Midwest
    I just wanted to add my little comment months later that disabling the App Store under Cellular Data works as stated, but this is still an annoying issue that should be separated out into at least one more option to allow for iTunes Radio over cellular without also giving permission to automatic downloads over cellular.

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