Tracks Unavailable to Stream on Apple Music

You can’t stream everything that in the iTunes Store on Apple Music. There are lots of labels, and artists, who aren’t playing the streaming game. Notable labels that are missing are ECM, the jazz label, and Hyperion Records, the classical label, both important independent labels in their genres.

But there are also individual tracks, or parts of albums, that are unavailable. I came across a few of them yesterday.

The first I found is a new album by the Kronos Quartet, playing music by Terry Riley: Sunrise of the Planetary Dream Collector. This album is featured in the Classical section of Apple Music, yet when I went to listen to it, I found the first track was dimmed, and was not available for streaming.

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Another I found is Miles Davis’ Bootleg Series, Vol. 1: Live in Europe 1967. 14 of 24 tracks are available to stream, but the last ten are not.

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In the first example, the unavailable track is what would be an “album only” track on the iTunes Store; it’s longer than ten minutes. But there are plenty of classical albums with longer tracks that are available, so it’s not a blanket ban; it’s simply that the label, Nonesuch Records, still wants to sell some albums.

With the Miles Davis, it’s a bit different. You get about half the album, but if you want the rest, you need to pay.

Both approaches are fair. Just be aware that you can’t stream everything.

10 thoughts on “Tracks Unavailable to Stream on Apple Music

  1. I also found that some albums that I had added on iOS were later grayed out in iTunes. Removing them from there and then adding them again (in iTuned) fixed the issue.

    BTW, really miss ECM…

  2. Tracks available for streaming should have been more clearly separated from tracks available for purchase only. It is confusing.

  3. On Rhapsody the first five tracks on The Essential Dean Martin are unavailable, because those tracks were licensed from Capitol. The other 35 tracks are from his Reprise years. I assume the same is true for Apple Music.

  4. I can’t figure this out either. For example, early Sonic Youth records (e.g., Bad Moon Rising, Sister, et al) can’t be streamed on Apple Music, but they’re on the iTunes store and they are streaming on Spotify.

  5. The Dave Clark Five catalog doesn’t seem to be available for streaming. I tried to add an album to a playlist for streaming and I couldn’t.

  6. What’s more irritating is when playlists created by Apple Music contain some unavailable songs. I assume this is a location thing – I live outside the USA and most of it seems to be configured for the American market.

  7. The Apple music app is a hot mess right now. you have to search and search through albums to find out that OH this is not a album that you can stream or OH, great… this one I can stream but wait… that one track I can’t. With the announcement of Apple music I was excited that Apple could probably convince ECM records to join the streaming model but I’m disappointed to see that we can’t have ECM (yet). Blue Note is also patchy (compare Nat King Cole albums in Apple music with Spotify). Right now Spotify’s interface is a confusing mess but at least you know all the albums that are there you can stream. The only useful thing that the Apple music app is offering right now is deep integration with Siri which is pretty big deal. I just wish that the service actually delivered the same experience that we have come to expect from Apple.

    • It’s a mess indeed and I don’t want to invest time and money into a platform that doesn’t have anything from ECM. Seems like Rune Grammofon is also missing. Two of Hermeto Pascoal’s classic albums. Most of Eddie Harris’ classic Atlantic records. Most of Airto Moreira. And those are just what I’ve had a quick look for. Wondering if they’ll set up deals in the future. For now I’ve been trying VOX Loop which streams whatever you own and upload to their cloud, but it’s still full of bugs and obviously if your music is lossless, it requires a good network connection to stream.

  8. Well, there are lots of them… there’s a special (and really annoying case), which is from electronic music… check out at “Until Now” from Swedish House Mafia… 37-song album, almost 20 “unavailable”.

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