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Apple Music

Posted on Thursday, July 2nd, 2015

Dave!Well, gee, where do I start.

In summary: Apple Music is a poorly-executed, bug-ridden, embarrassing pile of crap that is sadly typical of the utter shit that permeates anything to do with iTunes. If you've already got Spotify, there is nothing to see here. I'd argue that Apple's execution of a streaming music service is actually worse than Spotify in just about every sense. After the three-month free trial is over, I'll be dumping Apple Music like the steaming turd it is.

Shall we begin?

  1. Apple Music "iCloud Music Library" corrupts your iTunes data. Ever since activating Apple Music, everything has been completely fucked for me. Clicking on one song plays another. Album art is a jumble. Songs are missing. There seems to be no end to the bugs that Apple Music is responsible for. Apple's "fix" for the problem seemed to have worked... but then I started having problems again (even though I turned iCloud Music Library off). It is entirely possible that I have lost some of the CD music rips I entrusted to iTunes Match, and I am very, very pissed about it.
  2. Apple Music has made the iTunes UI even more stupid. iTunes has a user interface which is about as bad as it gets. And then along comes Apple Music to make things far worse. It took me forever to figure out how the fuck to even get to Apple Music, because it's under a tab titled "For You." What the bloody hell "For You" (suggestions for music you might like) has to do with a streaming service I have no idea. But any time you search Apple Music for a song, you pop back into "For You" again, so there it is. Why the fuck Apple calls it "Apple Music" but labels it "For You" is anybody's guess because it's just so damn idiotic.
  3. Apple Music "For You" suggestions are shit. Seriously? Apple has access to every damn song I own, which means they know exactly what I like to listen to. But does their "suggestions" reflect that? Not in the least. It's filled with shit I wouldn't dream of listening to. I mean, Lady Gaga? Really? But here's the real problem... you can "love" a track, but you can't "hate" a track. If you can't "hate" a track, how in the hell is Apple Music ever going to learn what you don't want to hear?
  4. Beats 1 Radio is worse than Clear Channel. I never understood how a "worldwide radio station" could manage to appeal to everyone. Turns out it can't. Either the music being played is the same Top 40 playlist trash you can get off a regular radio... or it's some esoteric crap I have zero interest in. After a day of listening, only rarely was I listening to something I actually enjoyed.
  5. Apple Music Connect is just so lame. After Apple canceled their rather embarrassing social media music experiment "Ping," they seem to have brought it back with less features as "Apple Music Connect." Basically, it allows you to keep in touch with the artists you like. And those you don't like. Connect automatically subscribes you to any artist with an account that happens to be in your library whether you want them to or not. I have a song in my library by Avril LaVigne... don't ask me why... maybe it was free or something, because I don't care for Avril... but that was all it took to have Apple subscribe me to her feed. So now I'm stuck having to waste time UNFOLLOWing Avril and most of the other artist appearing in Connect. Or at least trying to. Clicking UNFOLLOW doesn't work most of the time. Lame.
  6. Apple Music is missing some important music. Want to listen to some Prince? I don't blame you. So go start up some Prince on Apple Music! I'll wait...
  7. Apple Music makes everything more difficult. Seriously unintuitive. Things that are effortless on other services are confusing, complex, and time-consuming with Apple Music. I was so confused at one point that I was Googling for help. That's when I ran across this gem. Just pathetic. Did anybody at Apple actually test this shit?
  8. No Sonos support. Blergh.
  9. All the iTunes bugs are still there. Having to sign in to iCloud over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over again? Yep. And what about movies that want to download no matter how many times you delete them? Yep. And being forced to download a movie to watch it instead of just streaming it? Yep. ITunes Store still being brain-dead about movies you've already purchased? Yep. Purchased movies not showing up in your "My Movies" tab? Yep. iTunes Match titles not being available every time you start up the app until you logout then log back in then turn Match back on? Yep. Random crashes? Yep. None... NOT ONE of the many, many bugs that plague this pile of shit have been addressed with the latest "Apple Music" edition. Pathitic.
  10. The new icon is butt-ugly. Well, it is.

I have no clue as to what's happening at Apple these days. More and more they just can't seem to get their shit together. Apple Music is just one more failure in a series of failures, and it's getting tiring.

I shouldn't have to work so hard to be an Apple fan.

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  1. Thankfully I noticed the corruption of my music library on my iPhone before I went full bore on my laptop, so I was able to salvage it before I got REALLY angry, but it forced me to reformat the phone and then re-download everything—something I should NEVER have to do..

    C’mon Apple…this is the sort of shit I expect from MICROSOFT, not Cupertino! I don’t know if your Quality Control Department is busy doing other stuff, or you’re on such a fucked up “gotta get this out NOW” schedule that there IS no quality control testing, but something’s gotta give. You didn’t get where you were this this kind of shoddy crap getting out the door, and if you’re not careful, you won’t stay top dog for long because of it—ESPECIALLY when it directly affects your flagship darling, the iPhone.

    As I’ve said, I can no longer say of Apple, “It Just Works.” Because it doesn’t.

  2. Howard says:

    Thankfully, the only problem I’ve experienced so far is iTunes getting hung up and see the spinning beach ball each and very time I make a change. Otherwise, I don’t mind the new interface. Got the hang of it pretty quickly and I’m enjoying listening to entire albums without having to actually buy things thus relieving me of buyer’s remorse.

    And in Apple’s defense, Prince – being the occasional dick that he is – pulled his music from every audio and video streaming service except Tidal.

  3. martymankins says:

    Your summary of what Apple Music has done to the tried and true iTunes library of songs that we’ve all spent years curating and managing and getting albums art for is sadly, spot on.

    I have managed to leave iCloud Music Library turned off on all of my devices. I am grateful I have as I know the road that Apple is wanting to take everyone… no more local music, all streaming, all online. While I know that they will still sell songs and albums via digital download, I see where there is all going. Put my contacts and calendar in the cloud to sync to multiple devices? Brilliant, even if it took years to get it right without fucking it up along the way.

    And I really like the idea that I can re-download a song that I’ve purchased (although I know some are not out there anymore, a good 95% are).

    But the streaming thing is where Spotify is king and Apple can’t play the “let other establish first then we’ll join in” game.

    My favorite part of Apple Music? Going to the “New” tab and seeing what’s new, which is what I already use Spotify for.

    Maybe by the end of September, they will get it right and fix a good majority of these issues. But that’s just wishful thinking on my part.

  4. vahid says:

    I honestly wonder if they just don’t have a QA department, or if they do, if no one listens to them and someone just gets to say, “Nah, fuck it, ship the product! It’s good enough!”

  5. Ren says:

    I’m enjoying Apple Music. Haven’t really had any issues, but I haven’t investigated my library. I like being able to play “Name That Tune” with my father and my daughters.

  6. After the disaster that was iTunes Match I swore never to let my carefully curated music library be managed by anything cloud based. Way to much time spent investing in tagging and album art to risk that again.

    That said, the whole notion of streaming is all a bit meh to me anyway. Don’t use Spotify either as I’m more of a own the files guy. My commute to work goes through some dodgy reception areas so can’t rely on actually being able to stream anything. I dunno, maybe showing my age?

  7. Sarah says:

    This makes me glad I haven’t jumped on the whole Apple Music thing yet.

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