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Apple Music vs. iTunes Match: What Is The Difference?

Apple Music vs. iTunes Match: The true difference between Apple Music and iTunes Match is that iTunes Match is an iCloud storage and syncing service for one’s own music library including songs and albums across multiple Apple devices. Apple Music is a music streaming service plus including all feature of iTunes Match.

Users of iTunes Match and Apple Music own all the music uploaded to their iCloud Music Library. However, the user does not own the Music downloaded via Apple Music subscription because of its DRM protection (=Digital Rights Management copy protection).

iTunes Match vs. Apple Music Differences in DRM Digital Rights Management

What is the difference between Apple Music and iTunes Match in Detail?

If you have an Apple Music membership, you get all of the benefits of iTunes Match, plus access to the entire Apple Music catalog. iTunes Match is an integral component of Apple Music.

What is Apple Music Library?

Apple Music Library is not an official term of Apple, most commonly defined as the entire content of the Apple Music catalog (DRM protected).

What is iCloud Music Library?

If you subscribe to Apple Music or iTunes Match, you can make your entire iCloud Music Library available on all your devices when you’re signed in with the same Apple ID. You can access your library any time, whenever you’re connected to the internet.

Your iCloud Music Library can keep the following available in the cloud:

For details see the following:

Official additional Apple Music Terms:

What is iTunes Plus?

Songs and music videos, available from the iTunes Store, that are encoded in high-quality, 256 kbps AAC format. There are no burn limits on iTunes Plus items, and they’re free of Digital Rights Management (DRM) limitations. iTunes Plus content can be played on iPhone, iPad, iPod, Apple TV, HomePod, all Mac and Windows computers, and many other digital music players.

Cancelling Apple Music

Apple Music isn’t a back up service, so make sure to always have a back up of your music collection before you make any changes.

If you cancel Apple Music, any matched, uploaded, and purchased tracks you’ve downloaded will remain on their various devices and fully playable. However, you’ll lose your ability to stream any non-downloaded matched or uploaded tracks and access iCloud Music Library. You’ll still be able to stream your purchased content from up to 10 devices.

Cancelling iTunes Match

iTunes Match isn’t a back up service, so make sure to always have a back up of your music collection before you make any changes.

If canceled, any tracks you’ve downloaded will remain on their various devices and fully playable. However, you’ll lose your ability to stream any non-downloaded tracks or access other iCloud Music Library songs.

Prior to 2016, Apple Music did not exactly include all feature of iTunes Match. Especially, there was a big difference in regard to the DRM of uploaded music to the iCloud Music Library. Nowadays, Apple Music fully includes all features of iTunes Match.

Stay tuned! 😉

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