How to use iTunes Match with different iCloud and iTunes accounts?

ChrisB1

macrumors member
Original poster
Feb 21, 2006
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Well to say that this is a little confusing may be an understatement. Like most of you, I've had an iTunes account for many years. The logon is something like "JoeW1". When I set up my iCloud account, it made me put "@me.com" so my iCloud account is something like "JoeW1@me.com". My iMac, iPhone and iPad all synch to that account and all is well.

So now come iTunes Match which I signed up for yesterday from iTunes. It synched and matched my library after a little effort. Unfortunately, when I try to activate iTunes Match on my iPhone, it says that I have not subscribed to iTunes Match since it is using my "JoeW1@me.com" account. The funny thing is that on my iPad which also uses my "JoeW1@me.com" iCloud account, does synch with the music from iCloud. I think that this is because the iPad is associated with the computer iTunes "JoeW1" account while my iPhone is associated with the "JoeW1@me.com" account. I probably screwed some thing up when I did all this but it wasn't really very clear at the time.

What are my options?

1) I could just sign up for iTunes Match from the "JoeW1@me.com" iTunes account but I don't necessarily want to spend another $25.

2) I guess I could remove the iPhone from the "JoeW1@me.com" account and associate it with the "JoeW1" account but I think that there is a prohibition against associating a device within 90 days. I would have to wait another 60 days for this option plus I would have to redo the iCloud synching across all the devices to get the calendar, contacts and other stuff to where I want it.

3) I believe that I can merge Apple ID's but I wasn't sure if that would really work for merging the iTunes centric data with the iCloud data.

Any suggestions? I've done the best that I could describing the situation but I wouldn't say that I really understand how it all should come together.

Thanks,

Chris
 

ericg301

macrumors 65816
Jun 15, 2010
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It's whatever account you've purchases music under.

Case in point - my wife has an iPad. iCloud is tied to her account. But I turned on iTunes match via the music settings, and inputted MY credentials (which are tied to iTunes match). It was able to pull up my library without any problem.
 
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