How to Disable iCloud Music Library on Your Mac, PC or iPhone

Updated by Adam Gorden on Feb 25, 2021 4:05 PM.
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iCloud Music Library is a great feature that lets Apple users sync and share all the music tracks from Apple Music and iTunes to all devices. However, by enabling this service, you may encounter unexpected errors like:

* Songs are synced with missing or mismatched album artwork
* Tracks show wrong metadata
* live tracks matched to their studio versions
* Albums or songs refuse to sync
* ...

The more complex your music library is, the more likely the issues occur. Instead of finding a fix to those bugs, the better solution is to turn off iCloud Music Library on your devices. How? The following content will show you the complete guide to disable iCloud Music Library on your Mac, PC, and iPhone step by step.

Part 1. Things you should know before disabling iCloud Music Library
     What is iCloud Music Library?
     What will happen if you disable iCloud Music Library
     How to use Apple Music without iCloud Music Library
Part 2. How to turn off iCloud Music Library
     On iPhone, iPad, iPod
     On Mac/PC
Summary

Things you should know before disabling iCloud Music Library

Before we start to teach you how to disable iCloud Music Library, you are recommended to think about whether you need to close it. And we also have a significant suggestion for you before you start to turn iCloud Music Library off.

What is iCloud Music Library?

Launched in 2015, iCloud Music Library is the cloud-based service of Apple, which is used for the music downloaded from Apple Music. It enables you to synchronize songs, playlists, and albums automatically to iOS devices with the iCloud account. You can use this feature only if you purchase the $9.99 plan of Apple Music or pay $24.99 a year for iTunes Match. You can download up to 100,000 songs to up to 10 admitted devices. But the song cannot be larger than 200 MB or longer than 2 hours. iCloud Music Library will replace the songs with a higher quality version automatically. But you cannot sync music from iTunes to iPhone manually.

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What will happen if you disable iCloud Music Library

Although turning off iCloud Music Library is a permanent solution to avoid syncing errors, you'll however lose access to music files including a cloud-based copy of your iTunes library, any saved songs from the Apple Music catalog, and other tracks you uploaded to iCloud to stream on other devices. And you cannot listen to Apple Music offline. If you decide to turn off iCloud Music Library, it is necessary to back up songs from Apple Music in advance.

How to use Apple Music without iCloud Music Library

So, if you still want to listen to Apple Music songs offline on your devices, you can do some tricks as below to use Apple Music without iCloud Music Library by downloading and converting Apple Music songs.

Step 1. Download and install ViWizard Audio Converter on your computer.

Introduction on ViWizard: ViWizard Audio Converter is an all-in-one tool for dealing with audios. It is able to convert Apple Music, iTunes songs, audiobooks, Audible audiobooks, and other common audios to MP3, AAC, M4A, M4B, FLAC, and WAV with 30X faster speed in high audio quality.

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Step 2. Launch the program and add your saved Apple Music tracks to the converter. Choose the output format as MP3, FLAC, or others. Hit Convert.

Step 3. After conversion, locate the converted Apple Music files and move them to any device or player for offline listening.

For more details about Apple Music and ViWizard, you can visit this tutorial: How to Convert Apple Music to MP3.

How to turn off iCloud Music Library

When you decide to turn off iCloud Music Library, you can follow the guides in this part. We will introduce the method on iPhone, iPad, and iPod as well as the method on Mac or PC. By the way, when you only disable iCloud Music Library on some devices, the feature on other devices will not be affected.

How to turn off iCloud Music Library on iPhone, iPad, iPod

Follow these steps if you want to disable iCloud Music Library on your iOS devices.

Step 1. On your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch, go to Settings > Music.

Step 2. Scroll down to the iCloud Music Library setting.

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Step 3. Uncheck the iCloud Music Library option.

How to turn iCloud Music Library off on Mac/PC

To turn off iCloud music on your Mac or PC, you can follow the instructions below:

Step 1. Open iTunes on the computer.

Step 2. Go to iTunes > Preferences.

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Step 3. Under the General tab, uncheck the iCloud Music Library option.

Summary

If you want to turn off iCloud Music Library, you’d better know what it brings to you and what will you lose after the disabling. To summarize, you can only manually sync the Apple Music songs to other devices and cannot listen to Apple Music offline. So, you need a tool like ViWizard Audio Converter to convert Apple Music for you so that you can easily listen to Apple Music offline and sync to any other device.

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