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posted by cmn32480 on Sunday July 05 2015, @10:55AM   Printer-friendly
from the but-apple-can-do-no-wrong dept.

According to Forbes, Apple Music Could Wreck Your iTunes Library:

At its heart, Apple Music is a simple proposition. For your monthly subscription fee, Apple will offer you access to a library of over 30 million tracks. You can listen, explore, and discover to your heart's content, and you can take that music with you wherever you go. But subscribing to Apple Music and making full use of the streaming service requires a sacrifice.

You have to hand over control of your iTunes music library to Apple and hope that Cupertino's arrogance will preserve your music collection.

[...] The issue that is upsetting many Apple users is that moment when you turn on iCloud Music for the first time and your tracks are synced to the cloud. Apple's methodology on this is not clear, but from reports and feedback from users across the internet, it appears that Apple's view of metadata and what the 'correct' track is, will take precedence over your custom edits.

The Verge's Chris Welch highlights his preference of listening to early tracks from The Beatles in mono format (just as they were recorded) rather than the automatic matching services' preferences for stereo versions. Support forums talk of collections approaching 20,00 songs becoming corrupted and full of duplicate entries, incorrect meta-data overwriting current entries, album art switched out to show the wrong albums, and more stories of personal pain. 

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  • (Score: 0, Offtopic) by number6 on Sunday July 05 2015, @12:36PM

    by number6 (1831) on Sunday July 05 2015, @12:36PM (#205272) Journal

    __by number6 (1831) on Tuesday August 12 2014, @03:50PM (#80560) Journal

    Recorded music is much more enjoyable and profound when I am not exposed to it all the time;
    I only listen to music at home, or as background in a shop when I am out and about, or in a gym.

    I never carry portable media playing devices on my person; I do not own anything like that. I find that the sounds of the banal and the rhythms of nature and the environment to be a form of music too, and tuning in to these things is a much more sublime experience than detaching from the world at the click of a finger via manufactured consumption devices.

    I have a pretty awseome listening setup at home and I get a very detailed, intimate and powerful listening experience no matter what genre of music I play (with a little bit of manual volume twiddling of the amps). The main thing for me is that the dynamic range be as good as possible; regardless of genre, if the music sounds brickwalled and hyper-compressed, I just cannot listen to it; it irritates me; all this unlistenable music-without-provenance being distributed in the mass market today...most of it is an unlistenable joke! you can still find 'listenable' popular music, but you need go underground and in far corners of the internet to find it. Classical and Jazz music are an exception; always produced and engineered properly with serious listening aesthetics in mind.

    My opinion on this research that music can invoke subliminal and poweful forces in listeners -- this is not a surprising fact to me; in fact I would say that my previous statements are more important to experiencing 'Perceptual and Behavioral Consequences of Powerful Music' than the research in the article.


    At home, my computer room cum bedroom cum listening room is small with great acoustics giving me a super intimate, detailed and powerful listen. I have no conventional furniture; I sleep on a padded blanket in one corner of the room, this is also my sitting space for using the computer; the blanket gets pushed out of the way and is replaced by pillows. I sit in the corner facing the opposite corner of the room. The monitors are on a make-shift wooden top propped up by bricks to my required height (roughly 10 inches).

    Going further away from me to the other corner... directly behind the computer monitors is another make-shift table for my two amplifiers and a pair of nearfield speakers, these are roughly 1 yard away from my face, they are propped higher than the computer monitors using two milk crates and bricks and a scrap piece of wood for the top. I can easily reach forward and adjust the amplifier controls.

    At the other end of the room I have two 'Manfrotto Autopole' (Spring Loaded Floor-to-Ceiling Poles) placed at a distance along the two walls which meet the furthest corner of the room. I have a speaker hanging off each of these poles, as high as possible and pointing down towards me in the corner. The speakers are connected to the poles using climbing ropes and fancy knotting techniques.

    I play music in a 2+2 stereo fashion. The computer output signal is split to two and feeds two identical amplifiers. The main sound comes from the far speakers on the poles. I adjust the nearfield speaker volumes just so they add an intimate close-range filling effect without overpowering my sensation of the far speakers. The far speakers are big boxes and have got ballsy drivers and powerful dynamics. The nearfield speakers are of a bookshelf type.

    And when I am not in this room....I have no interest in joining the 'music consumption addict' club.

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