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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: 2, Informative) by blackhawk on Sunday July 05 2015, @06:56PM

    by blackhawk (5275) on Sunday July 05 2015, @06:56PM (#205344)

    I've come full circle, from the very early days of encoding my own music from CDRIPs back when MP3 was still experimental (and often went very wrong). Well, not on the ripping part, I still do that, just on the software. I used to favour WinAmp, then at some point iTunes just barely overtook it. Then, iTunes slowly become the bloated sack of crap they always intended. Although they eventually gave up on DRM for music I got burned bad when I weighed up the cost and bought + DLed a series using iTunes only to find it was crippled beyond reason. Thankfully reverting to old software and a cracker broke the DRM for the small amount of stuff I bought. I then deleted iTunes and looked around for alternatives. WinAmp was still suckful.

    I found a very good software set though in [] It can "perfect" rip your CDs (mine stretched back up to 25 years ago, with mold and scratches) using an online database, provide graphics, track listings from multiple sources (and ability to select / correct) and encoding to multiple formats at once. All without an ounce of shitty DRM or conceits about formats.

    It cost $50 but now my entire collection is ripped to FLAC and MP3 / M4A at the settings I like with full metadata.

    I usually just play it via KODI, or a burnt CD in my car or let it sync the M4A files to my iPod. My amp is happy to play the FLAC for me over my DLNA server, night night, Apple!

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