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How to Enable or Disable iCloud Music Library | Complete Guide for 2021

Apple’s iCloud Music Library is a service that lets you sync music across all your devices. It is a cloud-based service that brings all the music saved or downloaded on your Apple Music account. It only works for users who have subscribed to Apple Music or iTunes Match.

Unlike most Apple services, iCloud Music Library is something that is not as polished as others, it has a few issues that can be a hard pass for some users. This article is a comprehensive guide about the service and depending on whether you like it or now, you can enable or disable it.

Read on to know more and how to enable or disable iCloud Music Library.

How to Enable or Disable iCloud Music Library

What is iCloud Music Library?

iCloud Music Library is an Apple service, it is a part of Apple Music and iTunes Match subscription. iCloud Music Library provides access to Apple Music and iTunes Match on any device at any time. You have to be signed in with the same Apple ID for all these devices. But like most things, it is not so simple, iCloud Music Library has advantages and disadvantages making it a tough choice to keep enabled always.

Advantages of iCloud Music Library:

  • You can stream and download music available on the iTunes Store on up to 10 devices.
  • If you own an Apple Music or iTunes Match subscription, then you can store up to 100,000 songs using iCloud Music Library.

Disadvantages of iCloud Music Library:

Unfortunately, iCloud Music Library has a longer list of disadvantages than its advantages, you can find them listed below,

  • iCloud Music Library is prone to messing up metadata of your tracks so a backup is necessary
  • Manual sync to iTunes Music is not available on iPhone.
  • Restricted in some regions of the world. Check if iCloud Music Library is available in your country here.
  • It’s a paid service along with Apple Music or iTunes Match.

iCloud Music Library is enabled by default on your iPhone and Mac when you get an Apple Music or iTunes Match subscription. But if you think the disadvantages are something that you cant handle, then you can always disable it. This article will let you know how to enable or disable the iCloud Music Library.

What do you need for iCloud Music Library?

If you are someone who can benefit from using iCloud Music Library, then you’ll need a few things in place for it to work, these are,

  1. Make sure your Apple device is running the latest version of their respective Operating System (OS) for everything to work properly. If you are on PC, then make sure it is running the latest version of iTunes.
  2. To use iCloud Music LIbrary, you need to be subscribed to Apple Music or iTunes Match.
  3. For iCloud Music Library to work well with all your devices, sign in to all your devices with the same Apple ID that you have used to subscribe to Apple Music and iTunes Match.
  4. Make sure all your devices are connected to the internet.

Why You May Want to Disable iCloud Music Library

As I have mentioned before, some disadvantages may make you want to disable the iCloud Music Library. The service is fairly recent and has gotten better over time, but there are still issues that can be a no-go for many. Most of the errors that can irritate users are,

  • Missing and/or mismatched album artwork.
  • The metadata can be wrong for some songs and albums.
  • Live versions of tracks appearing in studio albums.
  • Unreliable syncing (this is much better now, but it still is an issue at times).

While these issues have been affecting fewer users now, it is still possible that you can run into them. In any case, if these issues are getting on your nerves, then you can disable the iCloud Music Library service. Make sure to create a backup of your music library before disabling the service, so if something goes wrong, you won’t lose anything. Read on to know more on how to enable or disable iCloud Music Library.

How to Enable or Disable iCloud Music Library

If you are facing any of the above issues on your iCloud Music Library, then you can disable and enable it, so that any issues or bugs get straightened out. Make sure to back up your data before doing this.

You can enable or disable iCloud Music Library (Sync Library option) on devices like iPhone, iPad, Mac, and more, below you’ll find steps for each device.

Note that you won’t find the Sync Library option if you are not subscribed to Apple Music or iTunes Match.

To enable or disable the iCloud Music Library, follow the respective steps for each device,

On iPhones

Step 1 Open the Settings app on your iPhone.

Step 2 Tap on Music.

How to Enable or Disable iCloud Music Library

Step 3 Now, tap on the Sync Library switch to turn it off, it will be on (green) by default.

Step 4 You will be prompted to confirm, tap ‘Turn Off’ to confirm.

Step 5 To turn on the Sync Library, tap on the switch again.

On iPads and iPods

Step 1 Open the Settings app on your iPad or iPod.

Step 2 Tap on the Music option.

Step 3 In here, tap on the Sync Library switch to turn it off, it will be on (green) by default.

Step 4 You will be prompted to confirm, tap ‘Turn Off’ to confirm.

Step 5 To turn on the Sync Library, tap on the switch again.

On Macs

On Macs, iCloud Music Library in iTunes is not turned on by default. If you want to enable it, you can do it by following these steps,

Step 1 Open the Apple Music app on your Mac.

Step 2 On the menu bar at the top of your screen, tap on Edit, then on Preferences.

Step 3 Go to the General tab and then select Sync Library to turn it on.

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Step 4 Now, uncheck the box next to ‘iCloud Music Library’ to disable it.

Step 5 If you want to turn iCloud Music Library back on, check the box again.

On Windows PC with iTunes

Like Macs, iCloud Music Library in iTunes is not turned on by default for Windows PC. If you want to enable it, you can do it by following these steps,

Step 1 Open the iTunes app on your Windows PC.

Step 2 On the menu bar at the top of your screen, tap on Edit, then on Preferences.

Step 3 Go to the General tab, and then select iCloud Music Library and turn it on.

Step 4 Confirm by clicking on OK.

Syncing might take a while depending on the size of your music library.

What do I lose when I disable iCloud Music Library?

You have to know that turning off iCloud Music Library has some consequences too. These are,

  • You will no longer have access to a cloud-based copy of your iTunes library.
  • You cant access your Mac’s Matched or Uploaded (Apple Music or iTunes Match) tracks to stream on other Apple devices.
  • You will also lose access to any saved songs on your Apple Music catalog.

Turning off iCloud Music Library still lets you access all the music you have purchased from iTunes across all your devices. Your purchased content won’t be affected regardless of whether you have iCloud Music Library turned on or off.

How to Fix “This account does not have iCloud Music enabled” Error

Some users have been hit with an issue where an error message “This account does not have iCloud Music enabled” is displayed when they try to use Apple Music.

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If you are someone with this issue, you can troubleshoot using the below steps and check if the issue is fixed,

  1. Check for any service interruptions from Apple’s side, you can do this by visiting the Apple System Status page here. If there is any interruption of the Apple Music service, then it will be marked yellow/red against it. If it’s green, then Apple Music should work for you, if not check further troubleshooting methods below.
  2. Try restarting the device, this might iron out any bugs or issues.
  3. Update all your devices and make sure you are running the latest version of apps on your devices.
  4. Check if your internet connection is stable, if not this might cause an issue with Apple Music.
  5. Try signing out of your Apple account and sign in again.
  6. Try disabling and enabling the Sync Library option.
  7. You can reset your device’s network settings. This will erase all your previous network settings so do it only if it’s absolutely necessary.

If none of these work, then you should contact Apple. There might be some problem with your account, which they will fix for you.

Things to keep in mind when using iCloud Music Library

If you cancel your Apple Music or iTunes Match subscription or if you log out of your Apple ID, then iCloud Music Library will stop working and won’t sync music.

iCloud Music Library isn’t a backup service, it only syncs music across your devices, you need to have a backup of your music files in case you replace or lose or damage the device.

The service lets you sync up to 100,000 files in your library. Songs brought on iTunes are not counted.

So that’s everything about iCloud Music Library, you now know what the service is, its advantages and disadvantages, how to enable or disable it, and more about it.

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