to commonly asked questions.

How do I get my music onto my phone?

You have shown us how in the past, but we are trying to get our whole music library downloaded on to our phones. We currently have home sharing and a bunch of music in the cloud and can't figure out how we got it from the cloud to our phones in the past.

There are a few different ways of doing this:

  • Download physical copies of your songs into iTunes then sync them to the phone. If songs are only in the cloud, they may not be available for streaming over the phone. Purchased songs via iTunes are always available on the phone given you are logged into the correct account. To download copies of your music into iTunes, log into the store in iTunes, find purchased items. Select songs, scroll to the bottom and you'll see an "download all" button. This will take up space on your hard drive.
  • Use iCloud Music Library. You pay an additional fee to Apple for this. ($25 annually) but that allows your iTunes library to live completely in the cloud, therefore available to be streamed over iPhones and iPads.
  • Just use a streaming service like Spotify or Amazon Music. (that's what all the kids are doing these days)

Home sharing is somewhat unrelated to listening to music on mobile.


Thanks Scotty.
We have hundreds of CDs that I have loaded on to my computer iTunes but now I can only see them on my computers. They don’t show up on iPad or phones. They must be in cloud as I see them on the other computer in iTunes, not Music. You’ve gotten us there before - we just can’t figure out how. And it seems criminal that apple has hijacked all of our music!!:)

I may not have covered everything clearly. It is possible for one computer in the home to share its music to other computers in the home. Home Sharing is the feature that allows that. However, home sharing carry over into iCloud. Home Sharing is local computers in one location only. That might explain why you can see your music on multiple computers in the home but not iOS devices. (iPhone/iPad)

By using iCloud Music Library (aka: iTunes Match) your Mac uploads all it's iTunes music to the cloud and makes it accessible on other devices logged in to the same AppleID in iTunes. $25 per year. I don't think Apple has hijacked your music. We can look at music in three general categories:

  • music purchased on CDs then imported into iTunes The is the older way of listening to music. If you've imported music from a CD then, unless you're using iCloud Music Library, Apple doesn't know you own that song and it will not appear in the Cloud.
  • music purchased in iTunes. You've bought permission to listen to the song for the rest of your life. You can choose to download it or not.
  • streaming music (One doesn't own this type of music. Rather we rent access to it, much like Netflix movies)

I'm sure we could work out what is going on with your music and correct the course so that you have access to all your music on all the devices you want. Happy to try to answer any other questions you might have.
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