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Appl3FTW

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I thought the answer is No but lemme ask a a quick question. Are iTunes downloaded music or my music library on my phone streaming when I play it? I noticed when I purchased a song this morning there’s a download button and when I pressed it it said you need cellular data. Huh? I thought when I purchased the song on my home WiFi, it automatically downloads the song into my music file?

Do I have to use data to play songs in my library?
 

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You do not need cellular data to play music from your library, providing it’s actually downloaded onto the device.

It sounds like while the music was added to your library, it wasn’t downloaded to be locally stored on device.

Settings > Music > Automatic Downloads (this automatically downloads anything added to your library)

Settings > iTunes & App Store > Automatic Downloads - Music (this automatically downloads music purchased from iTunes)
 
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Appl3FTW

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You do not need cellular data to play music from your library, providing it’s actually downloaded onto the device.

It sounds like while the music was added to your library, it wasn’t downloaded to be locally stored on device.

Settings > Music > Automatic Downloads (this automatically downloads anything added to your library)

Settings > iTunes & App Store > Automatic Downloads - Music (this automatically downloads music purchased from iTunes)
I checked and it’s automatically downloaded. My question is. Why was there a message that I’m not on WiFi to download song and warning me to use cellular data? Wth?
 

DNichter

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I checked and it’s automatically downloaded. My question is. Why was there a message that I’m not on WiFi to download song and warning me to use cellular data? Wth?
They just want to make sure you are aware that you are using cellular data for downloads. They can add up and I am sure it's just extra precaution.
 

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Many services and features that require a network connection, such as downloading or streaming media, will warn you or outright prevent you from doing so while on cellular data, because most people have limited monthly data (or none at all while traveling) and will have to pay high fees if they go over the limit. Apple is trying to protect people who don’t know any better from running up a large bill accidentally.
 

Appl3FTW

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They just want to make sure you are aware that you are using cellular data for downloads. They can add up and I am sure it's just extra precaution.
True, but why do I have to download? I got the setting as “automatic download”? Does that mean my purchases were streaming until I physically press the download button?
 

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True, but why do I have to download? I got the setting as “automatic download”? Does that mean my purchases were streaming until I physically press the download button?
It's a setting, you can switch files to automatically download when you add them to your library, or not. I prefer it as I am usually adding music when on wifi and it just automatically downloads to my iPhone. It depends on if the file is downloaded to your phone or not, I can't say without looking at your phone.
 

Appl3FTW

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I purchased the song this morning and it shows in my library but the “download” option is still showing. Hmmm so does that mean 2 things: 1. It did not automatically download into my local library? 2. If I didn’t download it, does that mean it’s a streaming service everytime I use it and it uses data?
 

sdwaltz

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I purchased the song this morning and it shows in my library but the “download” option is still showing. Hmmm so does that mean 2 things: 1. It did not automatically download into my local library? 2. If I didn’t download it, does that mean it’s a streaming service everytime I use it and it uses data?
1) Correct, it must have not automatically downloaded
2) Yes, you are streaming the song if it's not been downloaded. Download it and it will play locally.
 
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Appl3FTW

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1) Correct, it must have not automatically downloaded
2) Yes, you are streaming the song if it's not been downloaded. Download it and it will play locally.
Thanks for confirming. Now I need to why it didn’t auto download.
 

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Thanks for confirming. Now I need to why it didn’t auto download.
I do not use auto download so somebody else will probably need to answer - but all I can think of is that there’s an auto download option in the Apple Music settings and there’s an auto download option in the iTunes Store. Maybe you need to enable both?
 

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Was it purchased or are you also using Apple Music? If you purchased on a different device and your phone was not on WiFi to automatically download new purchases that might be the reason.
 

Appl3FTW

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I do not use auto download so somebody else will probably need to answer - but all I can think of is that there’s an auto download option in the Apple Music settings and there’s an auto download option in the iTunes Store. Maybe you need to enable both?
Yes it’s set up already
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Was it purchased or are you also using Apple Music? If you purchased on a different device and your phone was not on WiFi to automatically download new purchases that might be the reason.
It’s thru iTunes Store. It was on wifi when I purchased it.