How To Turn Off iCloud Music Library For Beginners – Quick Tips

Apple has done a lot for the music industry. Long gone are the days of tapes and huge CD collections. Since they launched the first iPod, things have never been the same. From then, the revolution has gone from strength to strength, and now, people can download and purchase massive collections of songs, and store them all online. Then, they can access their collection whenever they want, from almost any device.

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The coup de grace of Apple’s music revolution is the iCloud Music library. This cloud-based repository can be used to save all music you download through iTunes or Apple Music. Anybody with an account for iTunes Match or Apple Music can avail of the service. In this article, we’re going to see how to use the iCloud Music Library. It certainly has its benefits, and we’ll show you how to make the most of it.

However, there are also a few things that you need to know when using the service. We’ll highlight those too. Ultimately, people should have the option. And so, we’ll learn how to turn off iCloud music library if you don’t want to use it anymore. But before all that, let’s see how to use it.


How to Access iCloud Music Library

iCloud Music Library

Apple’s service stores your personal library of songs in the cloud. It also matches your songs with others that are in the iTunes Store. You can stream these songs without needing to download, playing music on the go, straight from the cloud. After you subscribe to iTunes Match of Apple Music, you may be wondering how to access the iCloud music library.

Let’s see how to do that from the various iOS devices you may wish to listen to music on. Access the iCloud Music Library with an iOS Device. As mobile devices are the most common, we’ll start with them. You can use the steps below to access the iCloud Music Library from an iPhone, iPod or iPad.

  1. First, from the home screen, navigate to Settings.
  2. Scroll down through the settings until you find Music, then tap it.
  3. In the Music menu, toggle on iCloud Music Library. It will turn green to indicate the library function is now active on your iOS device.


Access the iCloud Music Library on a Windows PC

iCloud Music Library on a Windows PC

Not everyone wants to listen to music on their mobiles all the time. You may have a desktop computer or laptop. If you use that a lot, you’ll probably want to listen to music on it, whether it’s as you work, or as the main ‘DJ spot’ at your next house party.

To enable the iCloud Music Library on a Windows PC, follow the steps below:

  1. Launch iTunes on the computer.
  2. Next, click Edit, then Preferences. This will open the General Preferences page.
  3. In General Preferences, check the box for iCloud Music Library.
  4. Click the OK button to confirm.


Access the iCloud Music Library on a Mac

iCloud Music Library

If your love of Apple products extends to your computer, then you’ll want to know how to do this on a Mac desktop or laptop.

Here it is:

  1. Select іTunеs, then Preferences in the menu bar at the top of the screen. The General Preferences page will open.
  2. In General Preferences, check the box for iCloud Music Library.
  3. Click the OK button to confirm.

If you follow these steps to access the library, but have issues viewing the content, there may be an issue that you need to rectify.

First, ensure that you are properly connected to iTunes. Make sure you are using the same Apple ID that is compatible with Apple Music.

Secondly, confirm that the iCloud music library is switched on.

If you are still having issues, you may need to update your software. Select File, then Library, then Update iCloud Music Library. You can do this through the top menu bar on the computer screen, or alternatively through the iTunes window.

Once you access this, you can check the current software versions on your devices. If need be, update the iOS, iTunes or Mac OS.

After the updates are complete, you can try to log in again, using the Apple ID registered with Apple Music.


Important Considerations about iCloud Music Library

Now you know a little more about how iCloud Music Library works, and also how to access it from multiple devices.

Next, we’re going to show you how to turn off iCloud music library. You might wonder why? If this service from Apple is so great, why would you want to know how to turn off iCloud music library?

Well, there are few things you should know. Yes, this service is great. It lets you find new music, store massive amounts of songs, create playlists and then access it all on the go, from many different devices, all over the globe. It won’t just sync iTunes purchases, but also any content in your library that you uploaded from CDs or other downloads.

Better yet, if it can, the library will replace any dud versions of your songs with high-quality versions. It simply finds them on the web and download it straight to your cloud library. It’s wonderful. So, what’s the problem? Well, imagine this. You are music mad. For months upon months, you collect lots of music, building up an impressive library well into the tens of thousands of songs. More, perhaps.

Let’s say you have 100,000 tracks in the cloud. Soon enough, you will have no storage space left. The cloud will be full, and so will all the storage on your iPhone, iPad and Mac. Your love of music will have consumed every megabyte you had.

Not only that, but with a lot of songs, things can get messy. Cloud-based Matching is Not Foolproof. The software behind iTunes Match is not perfect. It’s good, but there are still a lot of bugs, which can cause havoc in your library.

For example, you may see the following types of errors:

  • Missing artwork
  • Mismatched album titles
  • live tracks matched to the studio versions
  • Incorrect metadata


By and large, most people’s libraries will be fine. However, there is the chance of some errors. As a result, it’s advised that you take some precautions when using the service. You should make a habit of making regular back-ups. This will ensure you don’t lose everything if there’s a crash. Plus, if you do want to wipe a lot of songs someday, at least you have a back-up to restore many of your favorite hits.

If the problems do arise, it can cause concern. Sometimes it may be better to disable the service. Before you do that, consider the implications.

What Happens When You Disable iCloud Music Library?

If you decide it’s time to deactivate your iCloud Music Library, you will no longer be able to:

  • Access the cloud-based copy of your Mac computer’s iTunes library
  • Stream your Matched tracks or Uploaded tracks on other iOS devices
  • Play any of the songs you saved from the Apple Music catalog

Although there are some limitations when you turn off the library, you can still access any iTunes content that you purchased. That will always be available to stream on your devices, regardless of whether or not you have enabled the iCloud library.


How To Turn Off iCloud Music Library

So, if the time comes when you’ve had enough and simple want to disable the iCloud music library, you can do so quite easily.

Follow the steps below to do it:

On an iPhone, iPad, or an iPod Touch

  1. Open the Settings app, then tap on Music.
  2. Scroll down until you find the iCloud Music Library option.
  3. At this point, there are two options:
  4. Enable the library – you will be prompted to Merge or Replace all the music currently on the iPhone.
  5. Disable the library – you will be reminded that any downloaded tracks from Apple Music will no longer be accessible.
  6. Select disable to turn off the library.

On a Mac

  1. Launch iTunes.
  2. Navigate to iTunes, then Preferences.
  3. In the General tab, uncheck the iCloud Music Library option to turn off the library.


Now You Know How To Turn Off iCloud Music Library 

Music will never be the same again. Whether you’re listening to your favorite songs on the go or working hard on your Mac with some relaxing study music, you can access an incredible amount of music with just the touch of a button.

People are lucky enough today that they can have a massive music collection stored in the cloud. But, if ever technical issues threaten to derail your devices, it’s just as easy to switch off the access to your iCloud library.

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