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I was able to successfully get my iPad and my iPhone connected to my Apple Music library running on my iMac (Catalina version 15.5.4). Both my iPad and iPhone are running iOS 13.

How can I do this remotely like when I am not at home? I looked into sharing over iCloud, but I don’t want to copy the whole enchilada of 85GB of music. I don’t mind synchronizing playlists with just those songs but I’m not sure how to do that.

Alternatively, can I open a port on my router to allow my iPhone or iPad to talk to my Apple Music server? I can’t seem to find anything on how to do this. I do know how to forward a port to my mac so that is not a problem

What are my options of synchronizing music?

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  • You don’t need to download all of your music onto your iPhone to listen to any of the songs in your library when subscribed to iTunes Match feature of iCloud. All you need is a decent WiFi or cellular connection and a mobile data subscription plan with a high quota.
    – Alper
    Jun 13 '20 at 13:00
  • @Alper: I don’t want to pay a subscription to listen to what I already own. If I wanted to pay a subscription, I would pay for Tidal or Apple Music. Jun 13 '20 at 13:20
  • As you wish. Also keep in mind that iTunes Match is considerably cheaper than Apple Music but of course they are not the same.
    – Alper
    Jun 13 '20 at 13:24

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