When you add a computer or iOS device to iTunes Match, you associate that computer or device with the Apple ID that you use for iTunes Match. You can associate up to 10 computers and devices (combined) with your Apple ID. Learn more about associating a device or computer with your Apple ID.
Add a computer
- Open iTunes. Make sure you have the latest version.
- From the upper-right hand corner of iTunes, click Sign In. Enter the Apple ID and password you use for iTunes Match.
- Mac: From the menu bar at the top of your computer screen, choose Store > Turn On iTunes Match.
Windows: Press the Control and B keys on your keyboard to turn on the iTunes menu bar. Choose Store > Turn on iTunes Match. Learn more about menus in iTunes for Windows.
- Click Add This Computer.
- When prompted, enter your Apple ID password again.
iTunes will match and upload your library. You can watch the progress of the matching and uploading in the iTunes LCD, and you can pause and resume this process at any time.
When iTunes is done, your music in iCloud will appear in to your local music library. A download button appears next to any content you have in iCloud that isn't on your computer.
Add an iOS device
- Tap Settings > Music.
- Tap iTunes Match to turn it on.
iTunes Match requires iOS 5.0.1 or later.
Your music in iCloud will appear in your local music library. A download button appears next to any content in the Music app that you have in iCloud but isn't on your device.
When you turn on iTunes Match, the music library on your iOS device is deleted and replaced with your music in iCloud. Your device might use cellular data for this download. Check with your wireless carrier for fees that might apply, or go to Settings > Music and turn off Use Cellular Data.
You can't sync music with iTunes while iTunes Match is on.
Your iTunes match subscription only applies to your account, not to other accounts you might be connected to through Family Sharing. When you download content that you didn't buy with your own account, it counts toward your 25,000 song limit.