Nowadays data backup has become most important ever. If you are an IOS user who have purchased a lot of favourite items from iTunes, you surely don't want to end up losing all of your important files. Good news is that many companies offer the cloud service to help us backup our files easily. As an Apple device user, backing up media files with iCloud is a highly recommended way. After backing up, your files will be safe and you don't need to worry about a hard drive crash, viruses or anything else which might case damage to your digital media files. In addition, you will have the option to share your files to your friends or family freely.
Since some users may be not so sure on how to backup iTunes library to iCloud especially the purchased and downloaded music and video files. Following I will show you the best ways to do that.
In iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch, users can simply one click to backup their files like contacts, iMessage, SMS, MMS, call history, purchase history and even photos and home videos by enabling the iCloud auto backup on the settings. It will require you to use mobile cellular data or Wifi of course. If you just don't want to be charged for the cellular data service, you can backup your iTunes media files with iTunes on PC.
1. Launch iTunes on your computer and connect your IOS device with the USB cable.
2. Usually it will prompt you the menu to trust this computer on your device, please click 'Yes' to accept it.
3. Select your iPod Touch, iPad or iPhone when it shows in iTunes. In case it doesn't show up, please check to make sure the cable is connected tightly.
4. You can select any supported files such as music, movies, TV shows, podcasts, books, photos, info and so on and click on 'Back Up Now' to backup all the items.
It is the easiest yet free way to backup the entire library of IOS devices on PC, however, in this way all the files can't be used or shared directly to others unless you restore them back to your devices.
When it comes to iTunes Match, some people may be confused it with the iCloud Music Library. Both can help to match your music online and enable you to enjoy songs everywhere. But they are two completely different and standalone services. With iCloud Music Library, it match the music from the biggest Apple Music server, so you will end up getting all the DRM protected files. However, with iTunes Match, it will only add your DRM free files or enhance them with the iTunes music, so the files won't be locked after matching. Hence, matching iTunes Music with iTunes Match is a better option.
1. Start iTunes from your computer by double-clicking on the iTunes desktop icon.
2. Find and click the 'iTunes Match' menu from the iTunes, you will see the introduction page on what it is and how does it work.
3. If you have subscribed to the 'iTunes Match' service, you can click the 'Sign in' option and then input your Apple ID and password to start to use the service.
4. Once entered, Apple will start to scan your entire music library and then upload them to the iCloud for listening everywhere.
This is best for keeping your DRM free music for enjoying on the go as well as enhancing the music files if you don't care to spend $24.99/year annual fee.
As for the iTunes Purchased movies and TV shows, there is not a similar iTunes Match service and you can't use the iPhoto backup either, which is for pictures and home videos. But no worries, you can still move your iTunes movies to the iCloud Drive for backup.
1. Click 'System Preferences' > 'iCloud' > 'Options' > Place a tick in 'Desktop and Document Folders' and click 'Done' to enable iCloud Drive on Mac. If you are using a Windows PC, you can download and install the iCloud drive package from Apple official website.
2. Now you should see the iCloud Drive icon on your Finder (Mac) or Explorer (Windows) and you can simply click it to open it. Every movies or TV shows you copy to the folder will be synced to the iCloud server automatically.
In this way, you can keep your videos safe and find then from other devices, however, since they are DRM protected, you have to authorize them on the devices before you play them.
To enable you to get best experience of of playing or sharing the iTunes purchased or rented videos, you are recommended to crack the FairPlay DRM protection from all your iTunes movies before you uploading them to iCloud Drive. How? Generally you just need to get the free Requiem to remove DRM losslessly. There is a small drawback that Requiem was discontinued in 2012, so many new systems may not work well with it. In case if you want to get another alternative tool, you can take a look at the up-to-date DRmare M4V Converter for Windows/Mac which comes with more power features as well as the lossless converting feature. Users who are interested in this can simply click 'Download' to try it out for free. For more tutorial, you can also visit: How to Unlock DRM from iTunes Movies.