Playlists over iCloud automatically download when streaming?

Discussion in 'Apple Music, Apple Pay, iCloud, Apple Services' started by robertd, Jan 5, 2012.

  1. robertd macrumors newbie

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    #1
    Hey guys,

    Whenever I make a playlist on my computer and sync it over cloud the songs don't stream, they download after I listen to them on my iPhone. It only happens with playlists. Am I making the wrong type of playlist or is something up with my system? Thanks in advance for any help!
     
  2. Wordslinger29 macrumors member

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    iTunes Match doesn't stream to iOS devices. The songs play as they are downloaded and will take up space on your iPhone.
     
  3. Tinmania macrumors 68040

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    As already mentioned this is how it works on iOS devices.

    It also does not only happen with playlists: it happens no matter how you play a track. It is not "streaming" in the traditional sense (there is no rolling buffer cache). It plays from the downloaded track as it is downloading.

    Also it seems to only start downloading a track when it is time to play it--even if the previous track completed downloading 3 minutes before it was finished playing.

    Contrast this to how it works in iTunes on a mac (presumably on windows too). There if you just play a song it does indeed stream it (you can choose to download but do not have to). I use this on my mb air to save space. And unlike on iOS iTunes does use a rolling buffer that is already buffering the next track before the current one is finished playing.




    Michael
     
  4. robertd thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Oh makes sense! I guess I had never realized it was downloading until I was using a playlist I had made. Thanks for the answers!
     

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