Sign in to Apple Music with your Apple ID and turn on iCloud Music Library
After you sign in to Apple Music with your Apple ID and turn on iCloud Music Library, you automatically have access to your music across all of your devices. You don't have to manually sync your songs, albums, or playlists.
Apple Music features might vary by country or region.
Redownload or sync songs without an Apple Music membership
- You can redownload your past purchases from the iTunes Store on any of your devices. Even if you bought an item on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, you can redownload it on your Mac or PC.
- You can use USB to sync the music on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with iTunes on your computer. When you sync manually, your songs, albums, and playlists copy from one device to another. For example, syncing your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with your computer copies any selected music from iTunes on your computer to your iOS device (if it's not already there). Your music collection stores locally on all of your devices and you can listen to it without being connected to Wi-Fi or the Internet.
What happens to the music you already had on your devices when you join Apple Music?
When you first join Apple Music, we identify the songs that are on your iOS device or computer and compare them to the Apple Music catalog.
- Songs that you bought from the iTunes Store are automatically available in your Apple Music library as long as you use the same Apple ID with Apple Music that you used to buy the music.
- If we have your version of a song in the Apple Music catalog, we make it instantly available to access on all of your devices for the duration of your membership.
- If we can’t match certain songs in your collection to songs in the Apple Music catalog, use iTunes on a Mac or PC to upload a copy to iCloud Music Library. After the upload, you can access it on all of your devices.
If you have music on your iOS device or computer from sources other than Apple Music or the iTunes Store
- You can have up to 100,000 songs in your music library. Songs that you buy or bought from the iTunes Store don't count against this limit.
- Only songs smaller than 200 MB or shorter than 2 hours are added to iCloud Music Library.
- We create AAC 256Kbps versions of songs that are encoded in ALAC, WAV, or AIFF formats and add the AAC version to iCloud Music Library. Your original music file remains untouched on your Mac or PC.
- We won't add songs to iCloud Music Library that are encoded in AAC or MP3 formats and don't meet certain quality criteria.
- You must authorize songs that contain Digital Rights Management (DRM) for playback on your Mac or PC before we can add them to iCloud Music Library.
Apple Music is not a backup service. Be sure to back up your iOS devices, and your Mac or PC, so that you have a copy of your music and other information if your device is ever replaced, lost, or damaged.
Voice Memos stored on your iOS device or in your iTunes Library on your Mac or PC don't upload to your Apple Music library.
If you're missing or can't play music
- Make sure that you're signed in with the Apple ID and password that you use with your Apple Music membership and to make purchases from the iTunes Store.
- Check to see if your Apple Music membership is active.
- Check to see if the purchases are hidden, then unhide them.
- Learn what it means if songs appear in gray text.
- Learn what to do if you see an exclamation mark next to content in iTunes.
- Learn what to do if you don’t see all of your songs, albums, playlists, or other imported content after you update iTunes on your computer.
Get more help
- Learn how to listen to music on your Apple Watch.
- Learn how to manually move specific songs or videos from your computer to your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.
- Learn how to delete content from iCloud Music Library.
- Learn what to do if you see a message that says that your device "cannot be synced" or that iTunes can't copy a specific song to your device.
- Learn how to transfer content from your previous iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to a new device.
- Learn the different ways to manage your video collection across your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, or PC.