Call me old school, refer to me as a dinosaur, but I don't trust that all my digital data can only be in cloud services like iCloud. That's why I use iTunes Match and iCloud, but also have my music library on an external hard drive connected to the iMac.
iTunes Match is a service that stores all your music in iCloud – even songs imported from CDs or not purchased in the iTunes Store – and makes it available on up to 10 of your devices and computers. With iTunes Match – which costs $ 25 annually – you can access the full iTunes music library at any time.
- To subscribe, open iTunes and make sure you have the latest version.
- At the top of the iTunes window, click Store.
- Scroll to the bottom of the store window.
- Under Features, click iTunes Match.
- Click the Subscribe button.
- Sign in with Apple ID and password.
- Make sure you have a valid form of payment, and then click Subscribe.
- Accept Apple Media Services terms and conditions.
iTunes now automatically scans your iTunes library for hits. A status indicator lets you track the progress of the scan. You can stop scanning manually at any time by clicking the Stop or Start button. If you lose your Internet connection or power out at any time during the matching and upload process, iTunes will automatically resume where it left off the next time you open iTunes.
After the process is complete, you will see the download icon (a cloud with an arrow down) next to items available for download from iCloud. If you don't see the download icon, the item is already in the local iTunes library.
After subscribing to iTunes Match, you can download all your music to your Mac with these steps. (Note: this works for all macOS versions up through Mojave. I can't witness how it will work with macOS Catalina since the upcoming operating system will split the iTunes app into separate apps for music, podcasts and TV shows / movies.)
- If you have multiple Macs, select
oneto save your music library to.
- Open iTunes and make sure iCloud Music Library is enabled in iTunes> Settings> General.  Select Music from the drop-down menu and select the Library tab.
- Go to the iTunes Settings menu (in the upper-left corner of the iTunes screen)
- Click General and click the checkboxes next to iCloud download.
Songs not already stored locally on your Mac will be designed by a cloud with an arrow down. You can download tracks one by one by clicking on the cloud icon, or by selecting multiple songs and clicking on them and then selecting Download. When all of the songs / albums are on your Mac, take additional precautions by backing up & # 39; them to another disk drive.