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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) by Sir Finkus on Monday July 06 2015, @08:09PM

    by Sir Finkus (192) on Monday July 06 2015, @08:09PM (#205815) Journal

    I was just about to sign up for this and I've spent YEARS getting my metadata correct. I have hundreds of songs in other languages (Russian, Finnish, Faroese, Korean, and Japanese) and online databases can be pretty unreliable for them. Often the track names will be translated or romanized. Another problem I've had is with multi-disc albums. Almost nobody does this correctly. 99% of the time two disc releases are a single album, not two albums named "Album disc 1" and "Album disc 2" or about 400 variations of that. There's actually a tag in mp3 and every other audio format you'd be likely to use that will allow you to specify which disk a track is on, and how many discs are in the album. That's not even taking into account character encoding issues, conflicting and redundant tags (did you know there are like 3 different id3 tag standards? That means you can load an mp3 in two media players and have it interpret the SAME mp3 as having a different title) and downright MISSPELLINGS of track names.

    I end up using google music for music, and itunes for when I'm at home. I like the aesthetics of itunes, and google music doesn't touch my original files.

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