Play music from iTunes Match in iTunes?

brayhite

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Jun 21, 2010
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N. Kentucky
For the life of me, I cannot find out how to play music that has been uploaded to iTunes Match on my computer. All my music is stored on an external and I'm away from home. How do I play that music on my laptop now?
 

Peace

Cancelled
Apr 1, 2005
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Space The Only Frontier
Have you added your Laptop as a device in iTunes Match ?

If so you should see the cloud icon next to all of the songs that your main system matched with iTunes.
 

brayhite

macrumors 6502a
Original poster
Jun 21, 2010
873
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N. Kentucky
Yes, I did, but there is no iCloud icon. It attempts to find the song on my network drive but I'm not connected to it. How do I make it download the song from iCloud?
 

gnasher729

macrumors P6
Nov 25, 2005
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Yes, I did, but there is no iCloud icon. It attempts to find the song on my network drive but I'm not connected to it. How do I make it download the song from iCloud?
Start iTunes while holding the option key. iTunes will give you the option of using a different library or creating a new library. Create a new library.

Connect that library to iTunes Match.

When you're back home, start iTunes while holding the option key once more, and choose your old library.

And go to the "iTunes Feedback" menu in iTunes and tell Apple about this. Myself I have a large internal drive to hold my library, but what you have is quite a reasonable use case and should work automatically. Especially for people with an MBA who cannot use huge internal hard drives.
 

brayhite

macrumors 6502a
Original poster
Jun 21, 2010
873
0
N. Kentucky
Start iTunes while holding the option key. iTunes will give you the option of using a different library or creating a new library. Create a new library.

Connect that library to iTunes Match.

When you're back home, start iTunes while holding the option key once more, and choose your old library.

And go to the "iTunes Feedback" menu in iTunes and tell Apple about this. Myself I have a large internal drive to hold my library, but what you have is quite a reasonable use case and should work automatically. Especially for people with an MBA who cannot use huge internal hard drives.
You, sir, are my effing hero. Thank you for that. I've been having this issue for weeks now and this 100% worked.
 
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