iTunes 12.2 missing in action as Apple Music, Beats 1 launch

Mac users and, we assume, Windows sufferers, who had hoped to catch the launch of Apple Music and Beats 1 are SOL until Apple deigns to make iTunes 12.2 available.

Users are currently caught in an endless loop: Apple’s website exhorts users to try Apple Music now. Clicking that button launches iTunes which proclaims, “Apple Music requires iTunes 12.2 or later.” Clicking “Upgrade” bring users back to Apple’s website to download Tunes 12.1.2, not the Apple Music-required iTunes 12.2.

One would think that Apple would want to provide people with the proper tools so that they could catch the launch of Beats 1 live. But, Apple operates in mysterious, sometimes inexplicable ways.

Oh, Apple, you unprepared tease.

We’ve been assured by “people in a position to know” that the release of iTunes 12.2 is imminent.

Patience, padawans.

In the meantime, Mac users with an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch can access Apple Music with iOS 8.4. We caught the launch of Beats 1 (report here) on an iPad Air that was upgraded to iOS 8.4 in time for Beats 1’s 9am PDT / 12pm EDT launch.


  1. If I have to wait more than four more hours for Apple to update iTunes, I may hold my breath till I turn blue. Then I’ll set fire to all my Apple equipment and run out to buy a Dell desktop. Finally, I will post evil things about Tim Cook, because it was totally his responsibility to make everything work, like Uncle Steve did.

    First world problems…

  2. Worst part is Apples own developers have no access to Apple Music. iOS 9 beta 1 or two does not support Apple Music just Beats one. Also we were told a seed would be out so developers could use Apple Music but no date so a lot of people assumed it would be today.

    Then iTunes is not out at launch.

  3. Well let’s see.. No iTunes must mean that Apple is FINALLY actually doing REAL QA ON THEIR PRODUCTS and found a critical BUG IN ITUNES – That requires them to fix it before releasing the product. I’m willing to wait a day or two if it means iTunes doesn’t mess up my computer or my precious music library already invested in.

  4. Apple Music kicks so much ass on the iPad and iPhone – this is the future – totally enjoyed walking to and from my new biz meeting with a pocket full of every song I could think of – and with Siri this is too much fun. Between Apple Music and Dark Sky, I am loving my phone right now… rain coming.

  5. Umm, not sure what all the griping is about. I installed 12.2 from the updates page of the Mac App Store at about 10:30 AM EST. Beats 1 wasn’t even on the air yet, it was just some instrumental elevator music. Unless they pulled it down, it just might be that they are rolling it out in phases to selected groups of people. If everyone had access to it at once, then the complaints would be the same only different.

  6. i’m not expert but if you plan to be the Main music streaming service
    doesn’t your service have to you know work properly since the first minute

    i can tell by now a lot of people will think this is foreshadowing and won’t even try it out

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