Does Itunes match use lots of data?

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  1. nicknicknickh macrumors regular

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    How does iTunes match work? Will it use up my 2GB of data quickly?
     
  2. HazyCloud macrumors 68030

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    That depends on how much you use it. I have all of my most played albums download to my phone.
     
  3. ixodes macrumors 601

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    I've been told all the various services like it do. But at least with iCloud your money supports Apple.
     
  4. HazyCloud macrumors 68030

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    iCloud doesn't have anything to do with Match using cellular data.
     
  5. verwon macrumors 68030

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    If you're downloading over your cellular connection, then each download uses data.

    Your best bet on a limited plan is to download over wifi.
     
  6. Dwalls90 macrumors 601

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    Yes.

    Kills my data. To overly estimate slightly, assume each song is 10 megabytes (including artwork, metadata, ect.). The average user gets 3072 megabytes a month. That means you can download about 300 songs a month .. if you ONLY use data for songs.
     
  7. Icculus macrumors 6502

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    I would say at least 80% of my data is used for iTunes match and when I was on unlimited data I would hit the 3gb cap every month, about 7 days before my billing cycle reset. I am now on a 10gb plan and we will see how it goes now with the iPhone 5.
     
  8. Nathan576 macrumors member

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    i thought ios 6 wasnt going to automaticly download songs???? wtf I just updated last night and it still downloads instead of streaming. my mac streams my music, why can't my iPhone?
     
  9. M87 macrumors 65816

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    Yes. Songs matched with iTunes Match are 256kbps AAC files and they're fairly large. I checked a few of my own songs and they were all 10+ MB. Downloading a song here and there isn't a problem, but I wouldn't go crazy downloading albums over the cellular network.
     
  10. ixodes macrumors 601

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    Most of us already know that.
     
  11. jammybastard macrumors regular

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    I've had the same experience, and that's even using quite a bit of wifi to top off my music before I leave the house, work, etc...

    The problem is that you will often think you downloaded something via Match, but in truth you only streamed it, so the song will be deleted by Match after your've listened to it.
     
  12. nicknicknickh thread starter macrumors regular

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    So.. Streaming music uses lots of data?

    Sorry if this is a repetitive or dumb question I am just confused, pardon my lack of knowledge in this area.
     
  13. pgiguere1 macrumors 68020

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    Yes, around 7-10MB per song. If you have 500MB-1GB of data I would suggest enabling it only over Wi-Fi, otherwise you may go over your quota pretty easily.
     
  14. HazyCloud macrumors 68030

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    Just making sure. :)
     
  15. boomhower macrumors 68000

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    Streaming music eats data fast, streaming video consumes it like the space shuttle eats fuel.
     
  16. Steve686 macrumors 68030

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    There is the option to turn off "use cellular data" or the like for match.
     
  17. dubels macrumors 6502

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    So glad I have the grandfathered unlimited data. But you can always download songs for the day while you are on wifi and then delete them afterwards if you don't have space.
     

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