In this lesson for iTunes on the Mac, we take a look at how we can share our iTunes library with our other devices, even if they are not on the same network. We do this through iTunes Match, a paid service offered by Apple.
What it iTunes Match?
Essentially with iTunes Match what iTunes does is takes a look at all your media such as music. It then matches it with what Apple has in their ‘library.’ Anything that matches, Apple offers to your other devices, such as your iPad and iPhone. You can then stream or download that item. What’s nice about this is if you imported them at a lower rate, which is what I did initially, you could download Apple’s higher quality version. If Apple doesn’t have what you have available as a match, they will then upload what you have and make it available on your other devices.
So in a nutshell, Apple is matching what you have and making what they have available to your other devices. If they do not have it available as a match, they will upload it to the cloud, and you can then stream it or download it.
This is a paid service through Apple, and at the time of me writing this, it costs $24.99 a year. If you are an Apple Music subscriber, you do not need this service as it is built into Apple Music.
See this Lesson in Action
If you want to see this lesson in action, take a look at the video above.