iTunes match and 3G Data Usage

Discussion in 'Apple Music, Apple Pay, iCloud, Apple Services' started by jasonh4451, Jan 2, 2012.

  1. jasonh4451 macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Oct 25, 2008
    #1
    Since turning on Match in Oct my data usage has doubled. It seems like Match uses 3G data everytime it plays a song even of its already been downloaded. Before Match I was using a bit less than 2gb per month but in my first month of Match I used over 4gb. My current usage is tracking at about 3gb plus for the month

    I use smart playlists to manage what music is on my phone and do most of my heavy downloading over wifi. I don't get why Match is using so much data.

    I leave "Show all Music" turned on and have 3G enabled in the Store setting.

    I love the service and look forward to Apple fixing some of the obvious bugs.

    Curious what others are seeing on data usage
     
  2. Icculus macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Jun 2, 2007
    Location:
    Frisco, TX
    #2
    My data usage has also jumped up a LOT...I work from home so my 3G use for the most part during the day is very low, so on average its between 200-400MB a month. In December it was around 2.2GB of Data (all through iTunes match as thats what I use for music in my car.) I am glad I am grandfathered in for the unlimited data because I am about to start a new gig which involves more driving and traveling so I will constantly be using 3g for IM just hope I can stay on this unlimited data plan.
     
  3. RealMonster macrumors member

    RealMonster

    Joined:
    Oct 28, 2007
    #3
    I would assume that it has to do with reporting the song data back to Apple's servers. Every time you play a song now, it has to report back that it was played to keep the play counts and last-played date current. Despite the fact that this doesn't seem to be reflected by iTunes' own link to iTunes Match, it's ostensibly being kept up to date somewhere.

    I actually would like to turn off 3G downloading of songs all together. My plan only has 500MB because I'm a sucker Canadian locked into draconian contracts with terrible telcos. :/
     

Share This Page