Apple releases iTunes 12.2.1, fixes iTunes Match issues

Apple today released iTunes 12.2.1 which:

• Fixes an issue for iTunes Match where iTunes incorrectly changed some songs from Matched to Apple Music.
• Provides a way to correct a library problem affecting former iTunes Match subscribers.
• Includes minor bug fixes and improvements for Beats 1.

iTunes 12.2.1 is available via Software Update.


    1. Version 12 is the first update that really made me angry with its changes. And most particularly with 12.1 (I think) which removed the ability to hold down the option key to get the old “Get Info” window, which was WAY better than the new version. Why would they bother getting rid of a feature that helped power users and that casual users would never even run across? Now I have to use an external scripting utility from Doug’s Scripts to get at the info I need to change. Thanks for nothing, Apple.

        1. I have a huge DVD collection that I’m ripping to digital, with lots of TV series. Apple hides certain info fields on video, like track numbers – which I use for episode of a season and total episodes for a season – and disc numbers – which I use for season number and number of seasons. (Disc number affects how the file is named in the Finder, which I need/use for other reasons). These fields don’t show up (track number doesn’t anyway) unless you have put info into them – which you can’t unless they show up, Catch-22. And if you select multiple files, neither the # of tracks field or # of discs field show up, both of which I would likely ONLY change when selecting multiple files at once.

          I’m very particular (you might say anal) about my meta-data in all my iTunes tracks, audio and video, and there seems to be no reason for Apple to have completely removed that expanded Get Info window that I can imagine.

          1. That seems like a odd limitation. I guess Apple expects the Season and Episode Number fields to be used, which are separate from Disc Number and Track Number

            I did the following as a work-around, for your situation…

            In TV show library, shown as episode list, select all TV show episodes you want to “manage” in current session. Right-click on selection and choose New Playlist from Selection. Name the new playlist as desired. (Or you can “Add to” an existing playlist.)

            In new playlist, select all episodes. Right-click on selection and select Get Info. Go to Info window’s Options tab. Change Media Kind to Music Video. On Info window’s Details tab, you can now manipulate Track Number and Disc Number fields as desired. When you are done, select all episodes, Get Into, and change Media Kind back to TV Show.

            Summarizing, put episodes you want to manipulate on a playlist. In playlist, change Media Kind to Music Video. Update meta-data as desired. Change Media Kind back to TV Show.

            1. That’s a cool workaround. I can see that Apple is trying to make it “simpler” by hiding fields they don’t think people will use in particular formats (TV shows vs. Music or Music Video, etc.), and that my use case is pretty out there, but again, I’m not sure what keeping the hidden “old” Get Info panel as a hidden feature would have cost them. It was in 12.0, and dumped for 12.1. Why? Anyway, I’ve been using the “Multi-Item Edit” script from Doug’s Scripts ($1.99) and it pretty much gives all the functionality I was used to.

    1. A) you don’t subscribe to Beats One, you subscribe to Apple Music. Beats One is just the 24/7 live radio station that Apple launched with Apple Music, and it is free to listen to it.

      B) if you download (not stream) your “matched” songs to your devices (like your iPhone or iPad) with Apple Music, the files have DRM. With iTunes Match, the files that were “matched” had (and still have) no DRM.

      C) Apple Music “matches” songs from the Apple Music Library, NOT the ITunes Music Store. So you can’t stream, say, The Beatles, with Apple Music, even if you own them. But if you still subscribe to iTunes Match, that WILL let you stream them to your mobile devices.

    2. Depends on how you use iTunes Match.

      If you use the feature in iTunes Match, where you can download 256kbps AAC files (with no DRM) to replace lower kbps (lower quality) song files of “matched” songs you have stored locally, you may want to keep iTunes Match?

      Apple Music allows you to download matched songs, and they are 256kbps AAC, but they have DRM. That means you’ll need to keep your Apple Music subscription for those songs to play (if you download those matched songs from Apple).

      NOTE: Your original no-DRM songs files do not get replaced automatically. They remain in your local iTunes library unless you intentionally delete them to replace with matched song files downloaded from Apple. With iTunes Match ONLY, no DRM in downloaded matched song file. With iTunes Match AND Apple Music, no DRM in downloaded matched song file (songs you do not own are downloaded with DRM). With Apple Music only, the downloaded matched song file has DRM.

      If you use “traditional” iPods (not iPod touch), you cannot sync songs that are downloaded from Apple Music with DRM.

  1. 12.2.1 showed up in my App Store updates.

    I clicked update – something happened, a quick down load?

    It was still there, I clicked update, something happened, another quick download?

    It was still there, I clicked update and something small downloaded and installed.

    Then the update was no longer there.

    Whew! done with that and my confidence in iTunes, while quite low, is now the lowest it’s ever been, I don’t even want to launch it.

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