Some Have Ditched Apple Music, Some Are Happy With It

Yesterday, I linked to an article by Jim Dalrymple, of The Loop, explaining why he’s ditching Apple Music. I understand Jim’s problems, and had some of the some ones. (To hear more about Jim’s issues, listen to the latest episode of The Committed podcast, where Jim joined Ian Schray, Rob Griffiths, and I, to discuss Apple Music.)

But not everyone is unhappy; even over at The Loop. Dave Mark published an article today, explaining why he’s not done with Apple Music. Dave likes it, and explains why. However, he points out some of the many incoherences between using Apple Music on an iOS device and with iTunes on a Mac.

But Dave gets one thing wrong. He says:

On my iOS device, things are clear cut. There’s the iTunes Store app for buying music and the Apple Music app for streaming.

And then he says:

There’s no way to buy a song you find in Apple Music and (much more importantly for me) no way for me to find a song from the front page of the iTunes Store in Apple Music.

You can tap or click the … button to choose Show in iTunes Store, either in iOS or in iTunes. However – and this, to me, is a big however – it doesn’t work in the other direction. If you find something in the iTunes Store, you can’t get to it in Apple Music; Apple wants you to buy it, not stream it.

No matter, I understand those who like Apple Music. I’m using it myself, though I’m not allowing it to infect may main iTunes library. I find it interesting to see the differing opinions about Apple Music, but also to see how many people have been burned by turning on iCloud Music Library. Apple made a huge mistake in the way they implemented iCloud Music Library, and it’s turning a lot of people off of Apple Music. You can use Apple Music without turning on iCloud Music Library, though you won’t benefit from all its features. But you shouldn’t have to worry about your library getting corrupted.

2 thoughts on “Some Have Ditched Apple Music, Some Are Happy With It

  1. I’m enjoying it. I’ll be keeping it. But I have found something that is frustrating. I had created an “Apple Music <3" playlist, that I would add all of the music that I was discovering, and liked, to. Then over time, deciding if it was purchase worthy (so I could have them on my iPod that I use in my car, that I spend a lot of time in).

    Today I went to purchase those songs. I already knew the "…" icon has a link back to the song on iTunes to purchase. However, here lies the frustration. You can now only "play" that track on iTunes. I cannot purchase it. I can purchase the entire album with the main Purchase Album button. But I don't want the whole album. Wish I had discovered this much earlier! But I guess it's better that I discovered this only 58 songs into this playlist.

  2. HATE IT!
    Not because I want to, but because Apple screwed it up badly, and do nothing to ever fix or admit their failings. Applecare are dumb as punch in their usual ‘dunno what you’re talking about’ responses (again, why do they even exist, as I’m f••ked if I know what they actually do!).

    To start with they should have SANDBOX’d users own music and *all* their metadata away from a subscription only DRM’d Apple Music.

    Ripped CDs are MY music – how dare Apple then associate them as iCloud Status “Apple Music” instead of “Matched” or “Uploaded” – which when I drop Apple Music service in 2 days (30 Sep), will delete MY sodding CD rips along with them! Flipping joke. [restore imminent.]

    – All metadata in my Comments DELETED;
    – Many own artwork DELETED;
    – Single albums showing some tracks “Matched” others “Uploaded” others “Apple Music”; \
    – Tracks I’ve never owned or added via DRM’d Apple Music suddenly appearing in my library;
    – The same track that appears on two or more albums only allowed to be on one, hence albums missing tracks in the middle;
    …the list goes on and on and on.

    What a complete ‘f••k-up yet again’™ from Apple Software teams. Well done for your complete ineptitude at completing a task properly without ruining millions of users personal data.

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