Apple Music & Offline Listening

Discussion in 'Apple Music, Apple Pay, iCloud, Apple Services' started by AirJordanFan93, Jul 15, 2015.

  1. AirJordanFan93 macrumors newbie

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    I am consdiering signing up for Apple Music with some of the prices with albums on iTunes I think the $9.99 a month fee works out much cheaper than purchasing albums. My one query comes with the Offline Listening function. I know I can save songs/albums onto a device to listen without the need of WiFi or a Celluar connection. My question is how long can I keep offline files on my device. Say if I saved an album for offline listening how long would I be able to keep it on my device. I know with Spotify they have some sort of thing where you have to remove offline files after a certain period of time.
     
  2. whsbuss macrumors 68040

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    For as long as you are still subscribed to AM.
     
  3. AirJordanFan93 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Ok so I can pretty much keep an album saved on my iPod Touch as long as Im subscribed.
     
  4. zhenya macrumors 603

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    It may have a time-out if you have it on a device that is not connected to a network - I've had that happen before with Spotify when I was traveling overseas and not able to connect - but that was like a month of time. Otherwise, yes, you can keep them on your phone just like music you own for as long as you subscribe.
     
  5. Rigby macrumors 601

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    In Spotify the device has to go online at least every 30 days, so it can check if you are still a subscriber (see here). Apart from that you can keep the files offline as long as you want. Apple Music probably has a similar policy.
     
  6. AirJordanFan93 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Yeah the online check would be the thing I was referring to in my OP. Does it matter which device I check in on. So would using Apple Music on my Macbook count as them checking to see if the subscription is still valid. Or does it need to do it per device.
     
  7. Rigby macrumors 601

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    I don't know for sure, but very likely it's per device (if you kept a device permanently offline, the DRM enforcement on that device couldn't possibly "know" that you have verified your membership on another device).
     
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    Where does it say anywhere on AM that its required to connect every 30 days?
     
  9. AirJordanFan93 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Yeah thats true. Well my iPod is connected to wifi pretty much everyday so I guess its not that much of an issue.
     
  10. AirJordanFan93 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    It doesn't. Spotify does check once a month to see if a subscription is still valid. Apple would most likely have a similar thing in place though it hasn't been publicised. I get the impression Apple would enforce such a thing.
     
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    I'm not sure about that. If you don't pay your bill each month you lose all the music except for tracks you own. Why would you have to "check-in" to keep offline music?
     
  12. flur macrumors 68000

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    The device doesn't know if you've paid your bill if it can't connect to wifi. So it would make sense that Apple would build in logic to have that device "check in" to make sure your subscription is still valid. If the device can't verify the subscription after x number of days, access would stop.
     
  13. whsbuss macrumors 68040

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    As long as you open the music app you're golden. Nothing special about that.
     
  14. flur macrumors 68000

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    Only if your device is connected to the internet.
     
  15. Harmonious Zen macrumors 6502a

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    But if your device isn't connected to the Internet, then you're also golden aren't you?
     
  16. flur macrumors 68000

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    Not necessarily. If you don't connect, after a period of time, you music may "expire." That's how most services like this work.
     

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