iTunes Match on many devices

Discussion in 'Apple Music, Apple Pay, iCloud, Apple Services' started by fgarvin, Dec 15, 2011.

  1. fgarvin macrumors newbie

    Jun 25, 2010
    I have 2 MacBook Pros, 2 iPhone 4, 3 itouches, and Apple TV.

    Can I share the same iTunes Match cloud on all these devices?
    - How?
    - We all have different Apple login's...

    Does it share anything else other than music with all the devices?
    - if so can I control what is shared and what is not?

  2. fgarvin thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 25, 2010

    Well I understand why no one has replied...

    Apple has screwed it up... No work a rounds right now...

    I am reading that user ID's and share icloud is a big mess for everyone...

    Maybe next update...

  3. rmhop81 macrumors 68020


    Apr 4, 2005
    Dallas, TX
    i'm not sure how many devices you can run it on..if there is a limit or not.

    But your itunes match info is store on your ID you make purchases with itunes...not your icloud account. It's not a huge just didn't explain it very well. If you use 1 account for all purchases..then yes it should work.
  4. blueroom macrumors 603


    Feb 15, 2009
    Toronto, Canada
  5. fgarvin thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 25, 2010
    1 wife
    3 kids

    My kids really don't want my contacts... and I really don't want theirs.

    Each wants a their own cloud... Each wants iTunes Match...

    Can't happen....

    "It's not a huge mess...." Oh yes it is... I called support today. The support guy told me that is top of the list of questions right now...
  6. Mr. Zarniwoop macrumors demi-god

    Mr. Zarniwoop

    Jun 9, 2005
    In that scenario, each device should have it's own iCloud Account. That way, people with multiple devices will share their contacts on only their devices and there's no sharing between people.

    So far so good.

    Do you want to share a single iTunes Library that is associated with a single Apple ID across all those devices? If so, that's exactly how it works.

    On the iOS devices, under Settings/Store, the Apple ID there will be used for iTunes Match. On iTunes on Macs or PCs, make sure that Apple ID is the one they use to set up iTunes Match. All the devices, which may have different Cloud IDs, will then share a single iTunes Match library associated with a single Apple ID.

    I'm not sure it's a mess, but it is not obvious. Basically, Apple markets one "iCloud" but it's really two different ways to use those Apple IDs:

    iCloud Account (which is an Apple ID, but it doesn't have to be the same one used by iTunes)

    • Contacts
    • Calendars
    • Reminders
    • Bookmarks
    • Notes
    • Photo Stream
    • Documents & Data (iWork for now)
    • Backups

    Note that you can use that same iCloud Account for Mail and Notes, which may have been a MobileMe Account (which is different) or even a .Mac account (which no longer exists). This has clearly confused some people with the items above because it's not obvious.

    iTunes Store Account (which is also an Apple ID, but it doesn't have to be the same one used by iCloud)

    • Music from the iTunes Music Store (redownload and automatic download)
    • Apps from the iTunes Apps Stores (redownload and automatic download)
    • Books from the iTunes Bookstore (redownload and automatic download)
    • iTunes Match

    Note that you can use yet another Apple ID for iTunes Home Sharing for Music and Video... but perhaps that's less confusing because it's never referred to as part of iCloud.
  7. NMF macrumors 6502a


    Oct 27, 2011

    This is the setup I am considering, but I'm worried about one thing. What happens once my wife and I consolidate our iTunes libraries and back up to the cloud, and then I delete a song she likes from my personal iMac? Will iTunes Match then remove it from her iMac as well? Same with devices etc.

    What I'd LIKE to do is consolidate our libraries under iTunes match and then each be able to choose which songs we do/don't want on our own personal computers and devices (we each have our own iMacs, iPhones and iPads). Is this possible? And is so, we would still have a "Master Library" stored in the cloud, right?
  8. 314631 macrumors 6502a

    May 12, 2009
    iDeaded myself
    iTunes match may only remove it from her iMac if you choose to delete it from the iCloud and not just your computer. There are separate options.
  9. Mr. Zarniwoop macrumors demi-god

    Mr. Zarniwoop

    Jun 9, 2005
    If you have a local file, and you delete it, it will then ask you if you want to erase it from iCloud (iTunes Match). It's up to you if you want it removed from the "master library.'

    There is only one "master library" and everyone logged into it can see everything in it. On a Mac or PC, if you try to play an iCloud song that is not downloaded, it will stream it. On an iOS device, if you try to play an iCloud song that is not downloaded, it will download it and start playing simultaneously as it downloads.

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