It is a tedious task to download your entire music collection on your iPhone or iPad locally from iTunes. iOS 10 does nothing to remedy the problem as well.
Unfortunately, there is no button saying ‘download all’ and then the iCloud Music Library moves all syncing to iCloud and not iTunes. You can’t just move your library from your MacBook to your iPhone or iPad. It gets really frustrating sometimes.
Moreover, if you have recently got yourself the brand new iPhone 7, the problem will be a familiar one to you. Most of us prefer keeping a local music library of our favorite pieces. So if you restore from an encrypted backup using iTunes when you bought a new iPhone, the problem is still not going to leave. Even though this is the most ‘easy and efficient’ way. However, there are some ways you can quickly do the task. Without much fuss.
There are some great benefits of downloading your Apple Music Library onto your iPad or iPhone. Instant playback without the boring buffering that streaming can have in low connection environments. That can happen during a flight as well, but offline playback always helps. Moreover, you don’t need to worry about the mobile data. Of course, that is relevant if you do not have WiFi around. The battery life will be stronger and more efficient.
iPhone is known for its amazing storage capacity. Apple directly doubled it for the new iPhone model. Offering 32GB, 128GB, and 256GB, so it is likely that you can fit a whole lot in it. The iPod classic, which was the jukebox of iPods somehow capped out 160GB. All the odds are in your favor for now.
How To Download Apple Music in iOS 10
If you have upgraded to iOS 10, which most of you have, you might know this thing about the music app in the new OS. iOS 10 only lets you automatically download new content. Therefore, you have to download the entire music library. You can do this by playlist, album, or track by track. So why not make a single playlist that includes your full library? You do not have to maintain it either.
What you need is, a Mac or a personal computer running the latest version of iTunes. Or, an iPad or iPhone with the latest version of iOS (iOS 10) running on it. Enable the iCloud music library on both devices. Go step by step:
#1 Make a smart playlist on iTunes by your Mac or personal computer. Here’s how to do that.
#2 You will have to leave the Limit to box unchecked. Also, be sure that Live updating stays checked. That way, your playlist will include your entire library and stay updated automatically. You would not have to stress over updating it every other day. Enter music before the match option and enter 00:00 in Times is > greater than. Here’s an illustration if you did not get this.
#3 Give the smart playlist a name that enables you to recognize it easily.
#4 Let the process work overnight for great results so you do not have to sit waiting for it to finish. Plug your iPhone or iPad to the charger all the while. However, do make sure your device does not overcharge as that can lead to some disasters.
#5 Don’t forget to disable Auto-lock in Settings → Display and Brightness → Auto-Lock. Dull the display as well. Music application should be open with the playlist showing on the screen. However, when the process is complete, turn the Auto-lock on again as you don’t want to drain down the battery of your Apple device.
How much time will it take?
About 4000 songs will take 2 nights minimum to download locally. But it will be worth the effort and time. Music added will download locally automatically using this setting: Settings → Music → Downloads: Automatic Downloads.
Moreover, you will need to repeat the same process over again if you switch to a new iPhone or iPad or restore the software on your current iPhone. Maybe Apple would notice the tedious complexity of this thing and provide some sort of solution to this in future updates. However, the problem is buried beneath the new features Apple iOS 10 and iPhone 7 has to offer its customers. Odds are slim but there’s still hope.