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How can I have the macOS Music app use my own imported music (without using an Apple Music subscription) while still having the music files backed up to iCloud?

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  1. Close Music.

  2. Move your local music files to iCloud. Enter this in Terminal (assumes Document Folders is enabled for iCloud Drive):

     mkdir --parents ~"/Music/Music/Media.localized/"
     mv ~"/Library/Mobile Documents/com~apple~CloudDocs/Music/Music Library.musiclibrary" ~"/Music/Music/Music Library.musiclibrary"
     mv ~"/Library/Mobile Documents/com~apple~CloudDocs/Music/Media" ~"/Music/Music/Media.localized/.Media Preferences.plist"
     mv ~"/Library/Mobile Documents/com~apple~CloudDocs/Music/Media/Music" ~"/Music/Music/Media.localized/Music"
    
  3. Link to the iCloud files. Enter this in Terminal:

     ln -s ~"/Library/Mobile Documents/com~apple~CloudDocs/Music/Music Library.musiclibrary" ~"/Music/Music/Music Library.musiclibrary"
     ln -s ~"/Library/Mobile Documents/com~apple~CloudDocs/Music/Media" ~"/Music/Music/Media.localized/.Media Preferences.plist"
     ln -s ~"/Library/Mobile Documents/com~apple~CloudDocs/Music/Media/Music" ~"/Music/Music/Media.localized/Music"
    
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  • iCloud is not a backup solution, it's a sync solution. Remove a copy from any linked device & it will be removed from all. Be wary.
    – Tetsujin
    Feb 11, 2022 at 17:44

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