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We cover both sides of this question, from syncing your personal library across devices, to uploading your own music and earning revenue.

There are several aspect to this how-to. Click one of the options below to jump to that point:

How to access your personal music library across devices

Subscribers to Apple Music or iTunes Match can turn on Sync Library to listen to their personal music library on all devices.

Importing to Apple Music/iTunes

Choosing where music is kept on your computer

There are two options when importing music into Apple Music or iTunes. Imported music can be copied to your Music folder, while leaving the original file in its current location, or Apple Music/iTunes can create a reference or “pointer”. The latter does not copy or move the audio, and may be the preferred option if you’d rather keep your audio on an external disk. Note, when referenced, you might not be able to play the song if the file is moved.

By default on Mac, all music imported into Music is copied. By default on PC, all music imported to iTunes is referenced. To switch between whether music is copied or not:

Apple Music on Mac
  • In the menu bar, go to Music > Preferences
  • Head to the Files tab, then untick the box next to Copy files to Music Media folder when adding to library
  • Click OK

iTunes on PC
  • In the menu bar, go to Edit > Preferences
  • Head to the Advanced tab, then tick the box next to Copy files to iTunes Media folder when adding to library
  • Click OK

Importing music

Drag and drop the audio file or folder into the Apple Music/iTunes windows. If you drop a folder, all subfolders will automatically be imported too.

To temporarily reverse the location setting above, hold the Option or Alt key while dragging.


Uploading to the cloud for access on other devices

Apple Music and iTunes Match subcribers can upload up to 100,000 songs (excluding iTunes Stores purchases) to the cloud. This setting is turned on by default on iOS, iPadOS and macOS, but turned off by default on iTunes for PC. Before checking or switching on this setting:

  • Update your iPhone, iPod touch, iPad or Mac to the latest OS
  • On Windows, make sure you’re running the latest version of iTunes
  • Sign in with the same Apple ID as you use with Apple Music or iTunes Match
  • Ensure you have an internet connection
iPhone, iPad or iPod touch
  • In the Settings app, scroll down or search for Music
  • Switch on Sync Library

Mac
  • In the menu bar, go to Music > Preferences
  • Head to the General tab, then tick the box next to Sync Library
  • Click OK

iTunes on PC
  • In the menu bar, go to Edit > Preferences
  • Head to the General tab, then tick the box next to iCloud Music Library
  • Click OK

It may take some time to upload and sync your music across devices, depending on your connection and the size of your library. If a song is greyed out, incorrect music plays or you can’t access your music library, click here for support. If you don’t want cloud access to your music or to pay the subscription fee for Apple Music/iTunes Match, find instructions here on how to sync music to an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.


Uploading music as an artist

Did you know you can upload your own music to Apple Music and the iTunes Store, to start generating revenue for every stream and purchase of your music? With RouteNote it’s free of charge to get your music on Apple Music, iTunes, and all other major stores, streaming services and social media platforms.

  • Sign up to RouteNote
  • Head to Distribution > Create New Release
  • Fill out all of the metadata details
  • Upload your tracks
  • Upload your artwork
  • Select the stores you want your music to appear in
  • Then choose to Distribute Free or Distribute Premium
    • Free Distribution costs nothing, while you keep 85% of the revenue
    • Premium Distribution costs a small fee, while you keep 100% of the revenue
    • All features and stores are the same between the tiers. You can switch tiers at any time.

Once your release is finalized, our moderation team will check it for any formatting errors or copyright issues, then send it on to our partner stores. This process usually happens within 48-72 hours. Our partner stores usually make releases live within two weeks. Major stores like Apple Music usually take just a couple of days.


Click here to head to RouteNote and get started.