I am debating whether to enable iCloud Music Library on my iPhone after realising that this doesn’t effect my iTunes Music Library (by not enabling it on my Mac). Thanks to Serenity Caldwell for clarifying this on yesterday’s iMore Podcast.
I have some questions and wondered if there are any definitive answers as I don’t want to be a ‘beta tester’.
Serenity has been in touch and as usual has very kindly answered my questions (as well as answering many other people’s)!
Her answers are under each question.
So here they are:
- What happens to my iTunes purchased music video’s that are on my stored on my iPhone? Apple doesn’t mention that these on their support document.
“With your Apple Music membership, you can access your music library on your devices. When you sign in to Apple Music on any of your devices, you can see your library in My Music.
Your music library includes:
songs, albums, and playlists that you added from the Apple Music catalog;”
Serenity: Purchased Music Video’s and Content are Syncing for her.
- Once iCloud Music Library is enabled on my iPhone device can I still do a full back up of my iPhone using iTunes?
Serenity: You can still back up your iPhone just not add music to it.
- I have over the past 8 years had 3 different email accounts to buy iTunes music. To play those songs on my Mac I have to authorise my Mac to play them. Will enabling iCloud Music Library prevent those particular older purchased songs from playing on my iPhone?
Serenity: You can fix this by using iTunes Match on the Mac by downloading all the songs, then uploading them and redownloading them.
I actually don’t want to touch my iTunes library on my Mac. My only reason for wanting to enable iCloud Music Library is to save music for offline use like I can do with Spotify.
- Does enabling iCloud Music Library on my iPhone effect any other of my iOS devices that I don’t enable?
Serenity: Enabling iCloud Music Library will only affect the device in question. You have to manually enable iCloud Music Library on any other devices.
This is a new very complex music service that Apple has launched and of course there will be bugs and problems that will in time get fixed. In the meantime I do hope that Apple provide a full user guide with the most common questions and possibly walkthrough videos explaining how Apple Music works in a similar vain to the great job they did with the Apple Watch Guided Tours.
Thanks for reading and if you have any answers to my questions please send me a tweet or answer them in the comment section below.