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I Have Apple Music. Do I Need iTunes Match?

If you want to keep a copy of your music library in the cloud, have it copied and accessible from anywhere, it’s understandable that you’re confused as to whether you need iTunes Match, Apple Music, or both. All in all, the services are pretty similar in some ways. All right, we can help. If you’re already a subscriber to Apple Music, read on to find out if you need iTunes Match.

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Difference between iTunes Match and Apple Music

iTunes Match is a cloud backup solution that stores music in your iCloud account and makes it available on any compatible device. All your devices can access the same music and your music collection is safely backed up.

Check out everything you need to know about iTunes Match for an in-depth review of iTunes Match.

Apple Music is a music streaming service that gives you access to all the music in the iTunes Store for a flat monthly fee. With Apple Music, you will never lose your music. If a song has been deleted from your device and is still in the iTunes Store, you can download it again.

You can use iTunes Match and Apple Music separately

While the two services work together, you don’t need to use them together. You can use Apple Music without an iTunes Match subscription and vice versa.

You own your music with iTunes Match

The biggest difference between the two services is that Apple Music subscribers do not have the music they receive from the service. Apple Music songs can only be listened to if you have an active subscription. When your subscription expires, the music you received is lost. When canceling a subscription with iTunes Match, the user retains the music they owned before subscribing.

Apple Music uses DRM, not iTunes Match

There may be long-term consequences for your music if you replace iTunes Match with Apple Music. The reason has to do with digital rights management.

iTunes Match does not use DRM because the songs on it are copies of your files. Apple Music, on the other hand, uses DRM to block access to Apple Music songs when a subscription expires.

So if you have a DRM-free song on your hard drive or in iTunes Match and you cancel your subscription, you can still enjoy the song. If you replace this song with a track from Apple Music, the new version will have DRM and will only work as long as you have a subscription.

Always make a backup; iTunes Match a

It goes without saying that backing up your data is very important. For example, if you back up to Time Machine, you are protected. We recommend a two-point backup strategy: local backup and cloud backup. This allows you to rely on the other even if one backup fails. iTunes Match provides a cloud backup.

The iTunes Match service only backs up tracks, not the entire computer, so you may want a more complete backup service. But if you have a ton of music, an extra $25 a year is a small price to pay for peace of mind.

With a small music library, Apple Music may be enough

Unless you’ve spent a lot of time or money building your music library and having music isn’t a big deal to you, paying the extra $25 a year for iTunes Match may not make sense. In this case, pay the annual Apple Music fee.

So which one do you need?

If you want a cloud backup solution for your music and don’t want to stream music or use another service like Spotify, iTunes Match is all you need. If you want to stream music and have a nearly unlimited music selection and have a backup there as long as you sign up, Apple Music is for you.

You don’t need both, but you can opt for the peace of mind of having both, especially since the difference between only Apple Music and the difference is only $25/year.


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I Have Apple Music. Do I Need iTunes Match?

If you want to keep a copy of your music library in the cloud so it’s backed up and available anywhere, it’s understandable that you might be confused about whether you need iTunes Match, Apple Music, or both. After all, the services are pretty similar in some ways. Well, we can help. Read on to find out whether you need iTunes Match if you already subscribe to Apple Music.

Colin Anderson / Getty Images The Difference Between iTunes Match and Apple Music

iTunes Match is a cloud backup solution that stores the music in your iCloud account and makes it available on any compatible device. All your devices can access the same music and your music collection is safely backed up.

For an in-depth breakdown of iTunes Match, check out Everything You Need to Know About iTunes Match.

Apple Music is a streaming music service that provides access to all the music in the iTunes Store for a flat monthly price. With Apple Music, you’ll never lose your music. If a song is deleted from your device and it’s still in the iTunes Store, and you can download it again.

You Can Use iTunes Match and Apple Music Separately

While the two services work together, you’re not required to use them together. You can use Apple Music without an iTunes Match subscription, and vice versa.

You Own Your Music with iTunes Match

The biggest difference between the two services is that Apple Music subscribers don’t own the music they get from the service. Songs from Apple Music can only be listened to if you have an active subscription. When your subscription ends, the music you got goes away. With iTunes Match, when a subscription is canceled, the user keeps the music they had before signing up.

Apple Music Uses DRM, iTunes Match Doesn’t

There can be long-term consequences for your music if you replace iTunes Match with Apple Music. The reason has to do with digital rights management.

Since the music in it are copies of your files, iTunes Match doesn’t use DRM. Apple Music, on the other hand, uses DRM to prevent access to Apple Music songs when a subscription has ended.

So, if you have a DRM-free song on your hard drive or in iTunes Match, and cancel your subscription, you can still enjoy the song. If you replace that song with one from Apple Music, the new version has DRM and only works while you have a subscription.

Always Make a Backup; iTunes Match Can Be One

It should go without saying that it’s crucial to back up your data. If you back up to Time Machine, for example, you’re covered. We recommend a two-prong backup strategy: local backup and cloud backup. This ensures that even if one backup fails, you’ll have the other to rely on. iTunes Match provides a cloud backup.

The iTunes Match service only backs up music, not an entire computer, so you may want a more complete backup service. But if you have a ton of music, an extra $25 per year is a small price to pay for peace of mind.

With a Small Music Library, Apple Music May Be Enough

If you didn’t spend much time or money building your music library and owning music doesn’t matter much to you, paying an extra $25 each year for iTunes Match may not make sense. In that case, pay the annual price for Apple Music.

So, Which Do You Need?

If you want a cloud backup solution for your music and don’t want to stream music or use another service like Spotify, all you need is iTunes Match. If you want to stream music and have a virtually unlimited song selection — and get a backup that exists as long as you subscribe — Apple Music is for you.

You don’t need both, but you may prefer the peace of mind that having both offers, especially since the difference between having just Apple Music versus both is only $25/year.

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