“The whole iTunes Match and Apple Music thing is confusing,” Kirk McElhearn writes for Kirksville.
“Apple says they are ‘independent but complementary,’ and, on first glance, they look quite similar,” McElhearn writes. “But when you look closely, they are very different.”
“If you’re using Apple Music, and not iTunes Match, Apple doesn’t make a distinction between which files were originally yours, and which you downloaded for offline listening from Apple Music,” McElhearn writes. “This means that if you’ve matched your library with Apple Music and iCloud Music Library, you need to keep backups of your original files. If not, you’ll end up with files that you can’t play without an Apple Music subscription.”
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MacDailyNews Take: We used to have thousands of songs that we own on our iPhones. After Apple Music’s launch, they weren’t there. We had to download them to the iPhone’s local storage from iCloud. Why? Color us confused as well.