itunes accounts using too much cellular data

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  1. sikilaklak macrumors newbie

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    Hi,

    Recently my iphone 6 has been using a lot of cellular data. while I havent done any change to it, I checked where the data was going. I found it under System Services - Itunes Accounts. It was using around 200MB per day.

    It is worth mentioning that I have the below restricted from using cellular data:
    - Icloud drive is turned off (and use cellular data is ticked off)
    - Photos backup are turned off
    - Keychain & backup are ticked off
    - Under Itunes & App Stores, everything is ticked off (even the use Cellular Data)

    I googled the issue and noticed that a lot of users are experiencing the same, and Apple is not talking about it.

    Anyone can help?

    thanks,
     
  2. iphone1105 macrumors 68020

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    by a lot of users how many? i never have this issue....are you in anyway connect to apple music?
     
  3. sikilaklak thread starter macrumors newbie

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    There are many threads on google about this issue.
    I am not connected to apple music, podcasts or anything.
    I did something for now, i signed out from the itunes and apple store and i m monitoring the usage.
     
  4. eclipse01 macrumors 68020

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    you can reset your stats and it will show you exactly what is taking the space
     
  5. sikilaklak thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I did. It s the Itunes Accounts under system settings
     
  6. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    At 28 days in the month so far it's showing 14mb for me for iTunes accounts.
    What is this data used for? Nobody knows?
     
  7. iphone1105 macrumors 68020

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    what country and carrier
     
  8. sikilaklak thread starter macrumors newbie

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    True, it usually consumes around 1mb per day, however it started consuming a huge amount of data a couple of days ago. I dont know what it is used for.
     
  9. sikilaklak thread starter macrumors newbie

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    as you can see below, these are the settings I m using, and still the itunes Accounts used 28MB during less than 1 day.

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  10. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    Wonder if contacting Apple would they give you some more details on what that service is or does and what is it used for.
     
  11. noelchenier macrumors newbie

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    This issue of Itunes Account using mass amount of data began at the start of February. This was after updating my phone to iOS 10.

    Tried turning cell data off for everything, turned off Apple Music (I never joined it though)
    Kept happening, no matter what I tried. Ended up blowing about 600mb of data at this point.

    I ended up calling apple, spoke with a tech support person who did some remote thing with my phone, said some things came up, and that I needed to restore my phone.
    So i went through all the trouble of doing a complete wipe and clean of my phone, and put a small amount of music back on...and the problem still happened. 100mb of itunes account data.

    So I removed all the songs from my library...nothing on the phone.

    And just now I looked and saw 34mb of itunes account data usage under cellular...

    So now I've basically turned cellular data off and now have very expensive phone that I can only use for making calls unless i have wifi...

    fyi, the latest iOS update/iTunes update from a week ago didn't fix it....

    Very frustrating.

    Noel

     
  12. BasicGreatGuy Contributor

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    Do you have iTunes Match?
     
  13. noelchenier macrumors newbie

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    i dont see any options for iTunes match at all. I looked up how to turn it off in itunes and on my device, but dont see any of the options. I believe it's off or not an option.
     
  14. BasicGreatGuy Contributor

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    If you are subscribed to iTunes Match, that may be the reason why you have seen an increase in iTunes Service data.

    If I am not mistaken, it is constantly syncing between devices and if you have music in queue, iTunes Match will use wifi or cellular data to complete the cue, even if you might have toggles off.
     
  15. noelchenier macrumors newbie

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    i have never knowingly subscribed to iTunes match. this began after the update to ios 10

    I dont see any options for itunes match to disable...

     
  16. BasicGreatGuy Contributor

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    If you didn't subscribe to iTunes Match, then what I stated does not apply to you. You can find all your Apple subscriptions by opening iTunes > account > and it will show all current subscriptions (if there are any). it will also show old subscriptions (if I am not mistaken).

    Are you on a limited data plan? If so, continue to do what you are doing to alleviate the impact. I also suggest you file a bug report with Apple about your problem. I think the OP should that as well.
     
  17. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    I would try restore and setup as new on the latest iOS.
     
  18. sikilaklak, Apr 4, 2017
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    sikilaklak thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Hi,

    I tried something:
    1 - Erased all content and settings on my phone
    2 - Created a new apple id account, downloaded only whatsapp and facebook :)
    3 - Turned off Icloud drive.
    4 - I have no music, no podcasts, no pictures, nothing
    5 - at 8pm GMT i noticed a 30mb download under itunes accounts.

    THIS IS GETTING FRUSTRATING!

    I m wondering if it s a bug related to the specific iphone I have.

    This issue began somewhere between Jan and Feb

    UPDATE: it just reached 120MB

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  19. noelchenier macrumors newbie

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    I already did that after speaking with Apple. Problem began immediately upon restore.

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    I dont think so.
    My problems happened immediately after updating to iOS 10.
    I can't see it being device specific...this has to be an issue with the iOS, or maybe iTunes.

    Noel

     
  20. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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  21. noelchenier macrumors newbie

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    Weird...and getting expensive, as it will just keep going and going until it blows through my data and I get a notice saying I've been charged for the overages...

     
  22. sikilaklak thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I spoke to apple support who advised to update to the latest iOS 10.3.1
    Said that this update contains a lot of bug fixes.
    Apparently not the bug we are experiencing because I still experienced this issue after upgrading.
     
  23. noelchenier macrumors newbie

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    I was hopefully the update would fix it, but it didn't.

    I would guess whenever Apple figures this out and put out the fix it won't be mentioned in the notes, as they probably want to avoid admitting there is an issue...
    This problem is actually costing people money (wasted data)

    Noel


     
  24. SquidIink macrumors newbie

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    My wife began having this issue starting around the same time as others have mentioned. Almost 100MB in 4 days on her iPhone 6s.

    My iPhone 7 has not had such issues.
     
  25. veganBigMacs macrumors newbie

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    I finally figured this out. Fact check me if you wish-I think I got it.

    I took the same podcast and ran it a few different ways. 10MB podcast.

    First study-download podcast over cellular data:
    Podcast app showed 10MB of data usage
    "Itunes Accounts" showed 50MB of data usage

    Second study-stream podcast over cellular data:
    Podcast app showed 22MB of data usage
    "Itunes Accounts" showed 0MB of data usage

    Conclusion:
    1. Downloading a podcast uses "Itunes Accounts" data (this probably doesn't meet the Steve Jobs vision of logic and simplicity) :)
    2. Streaming a podcast takes less than half the amount of total data as downloading a podcast (this is backwards than I would have thought, but good to know)

    For now, I have just switched over to streaming instead of downloading, and it should save me a significant amount of overall data.
     

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