Question regarding iTunes, Cloud, Match and my Macbook Air

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by nickosbad, Sep 13, 2012.

  1. nickosbad macrumors regular

    Feb 16, 2009
    Hi All

    Hope someone can help me, I currently have my iMac holding all of my iTunes content on an external HDD

    I have just got my new Macbook Air and rather than fill the 128GB drive with duplicates of my music I was hoping to use a combination of itunes cloud and or match to do the following

    Can I have ALL of my library visible in iTunes on my MBA WITHOUT actually having it located on the drive (like iTunes Match does on the iPhone) and if I want to listen to a song simply download it?

    If so can it then be easily removed from the Air without deleting it from the library??


  2. Redbull916 macrumors member


    Mar 27, 2012
    Brighton, UK
    I use iTunes match and it works the same on the Air as it does on my iPhone.
    I just download the tracks I want.
  3. nickosbad thread starter macrumors regular

    Feb 16, 2009
    can you then simply delete them from your mac without deleting them from your match database?
  4. svendobbelaere macrumors member

    Jul 27, 2012
    Yes, no problem in deleting the files. However: do not check the option to also delete from iCloud!

    Another option, if you are using both computers around the home, is to share the library from the iMac (with itunes home sharing), and listen to the music on the macbook air that way.
  5. gnasher729 macrumors P6


    Nov 25, 2005
    That actually happens automatically. It will show _all_ your music, and when you try to play it, that one song is downloaded automatically. If you think there's more music than you wanted on your MBA, you can delete songs in iTunes, just read whatever warnings come very carefully and make sure you don't delete the songs in the cloud!

    That deserves a bold.
  6. nickosbad thread starter macrumors regular

    Feb 16, 2009
    Cool, thanks more question though before i drop £22 on iTunes Match

    If I turn it on on my iMac then it will "match" all of my locally stored music in the cloud.......I can then download it to my MBA and iPad whenver I want.......but.......can I then turn it off on my iMac so that that one just uses the local content rather than download everything?

    Basically by set-up would ideally look like this:

    iMac: Accesses content from the HDD
    MBA, iPad, iPhone: Accesses content from the cloud
  7. babens macrumors member

    Mar 11, 2012
    If it's already on your hard drive then it won't re-download every time you play it, it will always default to the file that is already in place. I would suggest leaving it on all the time on that machine, that way your matched library in the cloud will be kept up to date and you won't have to remember to turn it on and re-run the match/upload process every time you add new music to your iMac.

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