By default, the iCloud music library automatic back up feature is on. This is not a bad thing, for most people. After all, it makes sure that your songs are always safely stored. However, there are those that want to turn off their iCloud Music Library because it has a tendency of sucking of mobile data, because it doesn’t really do anything (unless all your songs are from Apple Music), and a whole bunch of other reasons. That is why we’re going to be teaching you both how to turn off and how to turn on the iCloud music library — be it on your iPhone, your iPod, your iPad, or your MacOS.
What do you know about the iCloud Music Library? You’re probably already aware of the general uses of iCloud, but there are some people that get its actual features and uses confused. In the most basic words, what is it? Well, it’s a way of storing your music library in a safe and secure location so that you can get it back if you ever have to change phones or even if your current data gets corrupted.
Now that we know how it works in the general sense, let’s discuss how it actually works! Of course, we’re going to be teaching you how to use it in just a second. However, it’s important to know beforehand that there are options. With iCloud, you can turn on/off the automatic backup feature (which backs up your music library whenever you’re connected to the internet) OR you can back up your music library manually — we’ll be showing you both, naturally. So, make sure to read till the very end to learn all that you need to know about backing up your music library on the ‘Cloud.’
For our first tutorial, we’re going to be teaching you how to turn on and how to turn off iCloud music library on your Apple devices. Why would you need to do something like this? Well, it depends on the user, but here’s a couple of reasons why you might want to turn it off/on:
Fortunately, you won’t have to do anything too extra when it comes to turning your iCloud music library on or off. All of the iCloud features are built into all of the modern iOS devices, and you can change your preferences for it directly in your Settings.
To start the process of changing your iCloud Music Library settings, click iCloud.
You should have been moved to the iCloud settings page. Here, if you scroll down a bit, you’ll be able to find the Backup option. Select that in order to be moved to the next step.
As mentioned in the very beginning, the automatic iCloud Backup feature is on by default. You can turn it on/off by toggling the button that they have available (pointed out with an arrow in the image below.)
Now, as for manually backing up your music library, all you have to do is press the Back Up Now button that they provide.
We’re going to be turning on/off the iCloud music library on our Mac computer now! Which, as you can probably guess, is going to be a bit different from what we just did, but not by enough that it should be an issue.
To start, click the iTunes tab then select the Preferences… option.
You’ll need to be signed up to iCloud in order to see this option, but if you look under the General tab of the Preferences menu, you’ll see the iCloud Music Library option [1.]You can either leave this box uncheck (to turn it off) or leave it checked (to turn it on.)
Just make sure that if you make any changes, to click the OK button — so that your new preference settings will be saved!
Now that we’ve discussed how you can turn iCloud Music on and off on your Apple devices. Let’s talk about a backup tool that you can use as an alternative — whether that be because you’re using an Android device or because you like to purchase music from other sources (other than just Apple Music.) For this purpose, our most recommended alternative is iMusic. iMusic, if you weren’t already aware, is a multi-functional tool that you can use almost like a ‘bridge’ for your iTunes library — allowing you to enjoy some of iTunes’ functions but in a more open way. For example, some of its main features include the following:
iMusic offers a bunch of different tools (not just for backing up and restoring your iTunes library.) The main ones are separated into four different tabs at the top of the screen — Get Music, iTunes Library, Device, and Toolbox.
Depending on what you need to do, the options are separated into Backup and Restore. Of course, for our purpose of manually backing up our iTunes library, we’re going to be choosing the Backup option today.
You do have an option of choosing what you want to back up — it all depends on the contents of your iTunes library. For us, we have 15 different tracks on our library that we want to make sure is safely stored. So, we have that selected [1.]
Then, all you need to do next is just press the big Backup button  — iTunes will then begin backing up your iTunes library. Which might take a few seconds or minutes (depending on the size of your library.)
Just a little note, the default download folder for your backups is in the iTunes default folder under This PC > Music.
Conclusion: In conclusion, it’s pretty easy to turn your iCloud Music library on/off — whether you’re on your iPhone, iPod, iPad, or your Mac computer. Some people like to leave it turned on by default, and others like to turn it off (especially if it’s not getting much use.) Either way, we hope that we were able to teach you all that you needed to know. Including, the brief little tutorial we demonstrated on an alternative that we think that you should try out — especially if you’re an Android phone fan, or if you’re the type to purchase songs from other places aside from the Apple Music store.