How to Use Apple Music without iCloud Music Library

Apple Music offers downloading music to your iPhone so that you can play your favorite music offline and it also offers access to iCloud Music Library, and you can sync all of your Music to other devices and play music.

But for some reasons if you don’t want to use iCloud Music Library as part of your Apple Music plan or subscription, then you can follow this article below which we going to show you how to use Apple Music without iCloud Music Library.

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Why wouldn’t you want to use iCloud Music Library?

There are a few reasons some folks are hesitant about iCloud Music Library right now: You may have over 100,000 tracks on your Mac, more than will fit in iCloud. You may have a lot of manually-tagged metadata and artwork, and don’t want to risk Apple accidentally mis-matching your songs when making them available on other devices.

Alternatively, you may just not see the point in streaming your local music to other devices when you have the Apple Music streaming catalog at your fingertips.

What changes when you disable iCloud Music Library?

If you disable iCloud Music Library on all your devices, here’s what changes for you vis a vis Apple Music:

  • You can’t stream songs from your Mac’s library on your iPhone, iPad, or other Macs when outside your home network
  • You can’t download songs or playlists from Apple Music to your other devices—which also means no offline access.
  • You can manually sync music from your iTunes library on your Mac to your iPhone via Wi-Fi or USB.

Can I enable iCloud Music Library on some devices but not others?

Absolutely. If you don’t want iCloud Music Library to sync with your Mac, but still want to save songs for offline play on your iPhone, you can choose to only enable iCloud Music Library on your mobile devices.

Unsurprisingly, this means that any songs or playlists you save from the Apple Music catalog will only show up on devices with iCloud Music Library enabled; you won’t see any local Apple Music content on your Mac if you choose not to enable it there.

You can also create a second iTunes library for select songs you want synced from your Mac, if you don’t want your entire library uploaded or matched.

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How to enable or disable iCloud Music Library

On your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch

  • In the Settings app, tap Music.
  • Scroll down to the iCloud Music Library setting.

iCloud Music Library

  • From here, you can either enable it (which then asks you to Merge or Replace the music currently on your iPhone), or disable it (which then warns you that any Apple Music tracks you’ve downloaded will disappear).

On your Mac

  • Open iTunes.
  • Go to the iTunes > Preferences menu.

iCloud Music Library

  • Under the General tab, check or uncheck the iCloud Music Library option.

We hope that you will find this information helpful. Let us know in the comments, and we’ll try and help you out with your iCloud Music Library issues.

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Zoey Wesson

Zoey Wesson is passionate about providing digital media solutions to people who want to create innovative content via Apple music conversion, online audio recording, etc.