Apple Music: Gone and forgotten

“Within 30 days after Apple Music debuted, Apple touted 11 million signups. But since they were for 90-day free trials, it meant, obviously, that had actually paid for the service,” Gene Steinberg writes for The Tech Night Owl. “With contradictory surveys showing how many planned to actually keep their subscriptions active when it came due, the potential for success remained a huge question mark.”

“Well, on September 29th, I had to make a decision. Some of you simply turned off the auto-renew option so your Apple Music account wouldn’t renew. I realized I hadn’t done so. Not that $9.99 is that much money, although I can think of other purposes for it.,” Steinberg writes. “It turns out that I hadn’t touched any tracks from Apple Music in six weeks. Not a one. This doesn’t mean I didn’t launch iTunes, but every song I played, when I played anything, was something that I had already purchased. So why did I need to spend an extra $9.99 each month?”

“So the decision was inevitable. I decided to go without,” Steinberg writes. “Obviously, I’m far from the typical would-be Apple Music customer. I grew up buying music… and perhaps I’m just too old to change my ways, but there is something about owning music…”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Again, Apple Music is a service for music lovers, not music dabblers. Music lovers will find Apple Music to be invaluable.

That said, Apple Music certainly has issues.

One thing, among many, that Apple needs to fix in Apple Music:
In iTunes Store, you can easily see which songs are most popular on an album or for each artist. When you look at an album in Apple Music, there is no popularity rating. Apple need to simply use the iTunes Store data in those views. Call it ‘iTunes Store Popularity.” It gives the listener cues as to where to start sampling a new album. Whatever the reasoning for not including that individual track popularity measure in Apple Music, if there is a reason and not just another oversight, it is wrong.

Another thing Apple needs to fix in Apple Music:
If a user is an Apple Music member, there should obviously be NO 1:30 PER TRACK PREVIEW FOR APPLE MUSIC MEMBERS. Why force subscribers to switch over and hunt for the track in Apple Music so that they can play the whole song to which they are already entitled? You know they are subscribers, Apple. It’s extraordinarily stupid to limit subscribers in this way. It’s frustrating. It makes us not want to bother. It’s a wrongheaded impediment to music discovery. We’ve paid for the entire track to stream unlimited. Let us.

There are countless other niggles that we have with Apple Music that, frankly, should not have been there in a properly-managed, properly-tested product at launch much less continue to exist today.

To turn off Apple Music’s automoatic renewal:

In iTunes:
1. Click on your account
2. Select “Account Info”
3. Select Settings>Subscriptions and click “Manage”
4. Set Automatic Renewal to “Off”

In iOS’ Apple Music app:
1. Tap your account
2. Tap “View Apple ID”
3. Select Subscriptions and tap “Manage”
4. Hit the toggle button to turn of automatic renewal

So far, Apple Music has failed; it’s very difficult to justify the monthly subscription – October 5, 2015


  1. I own lots of music.
    I wanted Apple Music to expose me to new music, and to allow me to listen to tunes in the background, the way a radio works.

    But for me Apple Music simply doesn’t work. I find it unusable.

    1. And I’m afraid it’s going to screw up the music that I do own, or even worse, treat my music library the way iBooks treated my book library. I’m slowly divorcing myself from iBooks and iTunes which will make it less likely for me to buy Apple products to read or listen to music.

      1. “And I’m afraid it’s going to screw up the music that I do own …”


        I saw far too many reports of Apple Music screwing up the music people already had installed.

        No thank you – I’ll wait until I feel that it safe to use.

    2. Do yourself a favor. Go to the new tab, pick a genre or just stick with all genres. Tap on hot tracks, pick a song and push play. I assure you that something new and fantastic will hit your ears. Even easier – just tell Siri to play some great new music. Or great new alternative music or whatever else floats your boat. It really does just work.

  2. Now I’ve learnt it, Apple Music is great for me. There’s one or two issues but nothing is perfect and they’ll get sorted. I wish MDN would stop telling users how to unsubscribe. It’s patronising and unnecessary.

  3. Not sure what the big deal is here. I own a lot of music. But with Apple Music subscription I now have access to virtually any music I desire. I don’t need to own it. I don’t care to own it. Perfect arrangement for me.

    I think that we are all conditioned to the importance of ‘owning’ things. This is a new concept. Oh – and I am 62.

  4. I am a subscriber to Apple Music and love the way I can listen to anything whether I own it or not. I have found new artists in the “For You” tab and purchased their albums. I like the fact that I can do that all in one place. I am a fan of their playlists and enjoy listening to varied compilations. I do not have the time to build my own, so this works well for me.

    BTW, I am way over 24 years old. And, I believe Apple Music suits me just fine. However, not everyone has to buy the same tool to listen to their music. I have found the one that works best for me, Apple Music.

  5. I’ve curated my own collection of music for decades. Now streaming is the standard and everyone has everything. Streaming has it’s advantages because I can’t buy everything just to see if I like it. I hear about a lot of things. There’s a ton of music out there.

    Because Apple Music is integrated with all my stuff more so than Spotify and Rdio, I’ve been using it. I’ve discovered new music I like (that i purchased cos i’m old school), older music that i always wanted to hear but never got around to it, and I don’t have to buy terrible new pop music for the kids…so i’m keeping it and using it.

  6. At first, I didn’t think Apple Music would address my needs. I’m a 66 year old, who has a wide variety of musical tastes, but shy away from more modern ‘pop’ music for various reasons. I thought that Apple would cater to the tastes of some younger listeners who thrive on the heavy synth bass and dance beats that turn me off. What I’ve found is the remarkable ability to pull up some great music from artists of the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s that I’ve not heard before, or have on LP (vinyl) and not on CD. I can also compare several renditions of classical pieces and pick the ones that have the best performances. This was not economically feasible for me before. I also love the music videos that accompany some of the artist profiles. And if I want to own, I can buy the music in the iTunes store. I love Apple Music, and gladly subscribe since it has enriched my musical explorations. And I agree that MDN should stop sounding like a ‘broken record’ on this issue. Yes, it needs more work, but enjoy what is there now.

  7. Streaming of all sorts steals from musicians and makes executives rich. It’s just wrong. It turns art into a commodity. Musicians who work bloody hard to hone their art and skills spending thousands of hours to master their instruments are left without a ‘return on their investment’ It’s a bad business and it’s bad for music.

  8. Haters gonna hate. I listen to Apple music everyday – great service. Discovering and rediscovering music I would never buy. I didn’t get streaming music until I tried it now I’l near go back. The Stones, John Lennon, etc. Artists I loved but did not hear the whole catalogue – now its all there for me!

  9. >>Again, Apple Music is a service for music lovers, not music dabblers. Music lovers will find Apple Music to be invaluable.

    You got that exactly backwards. Music lovers will arrange to have the music they love permanently available. That means they’ll purchase it and move it to all of their devices. It won’t be dependent on availability of a signal so that it can be streamed. The music they love will always be available.

    Music dabblers are happy to listen to something once or twice and then move on to the next disposable bit of fluff. Apple Music is for dabblers.

    1. Guess you haven’t heard of “make available offline”. I stream as little as possible unless I’m on wifi. Disagree with your assessment. I own roughly 20,000 songs, but still find Apple Music quite useful.

    2. I’ve got 3 albums that I’m obsessing over right now. A Jeff Buckley life album, an Al Di Meola album and an album by the band DIIV. All of which were discovered through Apple Music. I am the polar opposite of a musical dabbler. I’m a music obsessive and Apple Music has served me well.

  10. I’m a total music junky and for the life of me I cannot figure out how to work with Apple Music. I have over 2,000 songs on my Spotify account which is so user friendly and will soon cancel Apple Music if they don’t make it easier to stream and create your own playlists. As a huge fan for everything Apple this is a huge disappointment!

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