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I have Apple Music and iTunes Match - and completely confused. Can I please get some help?

Asked: Feb 02 2016 | 4:07 pm EST 2032 Views 6 Answers View Best Answer

Simple example:

I add a song to My Music via Apple Music, and then download it so I can "play offline"

+ I have iTunes Match - which in all honesty I have no idea what this does.

If I cancel Apple Music - will I still have that song that I downloaded? Somewhere in iTunes?


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Feb 02 2016 | 6:20 pm EST Rob Phillips

Welcome to iMore! Any music made available via Apple Music will become unavailable once you cancel your subscription. iTunes Match essentially allows you to "match" your music collection to Apple's digital cloud version, making your music available on all of your devices. If they don't have the title you've uploaded (for example, if it's a local artist) they will upload it and store it in your iCloud account for you.
At the end of the day most users really don't need both services.
https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204962

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Feb 03 2016 | 5:07 pm EST tashbury

Apple Music customer services told us we needed iTunes Match too. Ok so when we cancel Apple Music all music will disappear.

Is iTunes Match essentially the same kind of service as Apple Music?
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Feb 03 2016 | 5:42 pm EST Rob Phillips

Apple Music customer services told us we needed iTunes Match too. Ok so when we cancel Apple Music all music will disappear.

Is iTunes Match essentially the same kind of service as Apple Music?
The link I posted in my previous reply does a decent job of explaining the differences between the two services.
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Feb 06 2016 | 9:26 am EST matt3166

Basically iTunes Match is your music made available anywhere you can have access to it. You cancel it it's still your music.
Apple Music is Apple's music, your basically renting it, once you cancel the service you give the music back to Apple.
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Feb 06 2016 | 9:35 am EST Rob Phillips

Basically iTunes Match is your music made available anywhere you can have access to it. You cancel it it's still your music.
Apple Music is Apple's music, your basically renting it, once you cancel the service you give the music back to Apple.
Well put!