questions about ITunes match on the IPhone

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Regarding ITunes match, from what I understand the songs aren't suppose to download to your phone unless you physically download them, however maybe I'm misunderstanding, but it seems like when each song is playing it is downloading to my phone, When I go to the about section on my phone my gigs get smaller and smaller as each song plays, and the number of songs the number seems to be increasing, however the weird thing is when I turn ITunes match off on my phone the number of songs go back to 0 and I go back to the original gigs I had on my phone before ITunes match, am I missing something here?
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Submitted by Usman on Friday, March 20, 2015

Unfortunately, it is not possible to stream music as far as I know. when you start playing a song, the song will automatically start downloading to your device.

Submitted by Holger Fiallo on Friday, March 20, 2015

You can play the songs via iCloud without download them. Yes I have it on music show music and iMatch and I could played via iCloud aor download them. I like my music in my iPhone so I download them Over 170 albums in my iPhone 128.

Submitted by Hubert on Friday, March 20, 2015

I used to use iTunes match. From what I can remember, unless you select the songs to download, they should not download automatically, so this issue you're having is an interesting one in a way. Unless something's changed from the last time I used this.

Submitted by Charles Tyson, Jr. on Sunday, May 24, 2015

I have a hefty music collection on my iphone that unfortunately no longer corresponds to a computer so these songs currently only exist on my phone. I subscribed to itunes match from another computer and now all of those songs are also available on my iphone. I want to free up the space that my iphone's music is currently occupying.

Now that my iphone is connected to itunes match, does this mean the music that was already on my iphone is now also synced to the cloud? If I delete the actual files, will I still have my music?