Music on iPhone

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by lewisb1, Dec 3, 2013.

  1. lewisb1 macrumors member

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    I was wondering that when I play music on the iPhone, is data usage involved? What is the iCloud icon next to many songs? If there is data usage, how does one avoid it?

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  2. Mrbobb macrumors 601

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    Sounds like you are doing iTunes Match, and yes, it's talking to the cloud.

    If not doing IM, am guessing IOS7 is remind you, hey you can get this tune matched!
     
  3. T5BRICK macrumors 604

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    I believe this will turn off the little clouds:

    Settings > Music > disable iTunes match.

    If you don't want to completely disable iTunes match, but don't want it to use your cellular data, do this:

    Settings > iTunes & App Store > disable Use Cellular Data
     
  4. lewisb1 thread starter macrumors member

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    iTunes match is off. Therefore, must be the cellular data. Will try this out.

    Thanks
     
  5. takeshi74, Dec 4, 2013
    Last edited: Dec 4, 2013

    takeshi74 macrumors 601

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    Depends on where the music is stored. If it's local, no. If you're streaming it (iTunes Match, Pandora, Spotify, Google Play, etc), yes.

    http://support.apple.com/kb/TI126
     
  6. ApfelKuchen macrumors 68020

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    Quite simply, the icon means "not on this device, available for download." It appears in such places as the App Store > Updates > Purchased, and iTunes Store > More... > Purchased. And yes, it does appear if you're using iTunes Match.

    Since most people's iTunes Store accounts are used on more than one device (computers, your iPhone, spouse's iPad, kids' iPod Touch, etc.), it's quite possible that a song or app has been purchased on another of those devices, but has not been downloaded to the device you're currently using.

    As a convenience, the iOS Music app includes songs that are available for download (whether or not you use iTunes Match), not just those present on the device.

    To control whether those downloads use cellular data go to Settings > iTunes & App Store. For comprehensive control over how all your apps use cellular data, go to Settings > Cellular.
     

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