“I don’t use Apple Music for my main music library, but do use it on a test library on my MacBook, as well as on an iPod touch. I recently added it to my iPad as well, to be able to use it more around the house,” Kirk McElhearn writes for Kirkville. “I don’t trust my main library to Apple Music because of the many problems that iCloud Music Library causes. As I’ve been adding music to my library, I’m realizing just how bad Apple Music’s metadata is. Here’s an example.”
“I wanted to listen to some Frank Sinatra. There’s a big set called Ultimate Sinatra, with more than 6 hours of his music. So I added it to my library. When I started listening to it, I noticed that I wasn’t hearing all the songs that I knew. I looked at this album in iTunes, and I was surprised to see how it displays,” McElhearn writes. “This is a single album, yet iTunes shows it as a number of different albums with different titles.”
“Here’s what I think is happening. I’ve seen that iCloud Music Library changes tags and artwork. Rather than assuming that your tags, the ones you may have manually changed, are canonical, it just decides what the tags should be on your music,” McElhearn writes. “This is terribly wrong, of course. Not only should iTunes not change metadata that I’ve edited, but tracks added from Apple Music, or downloaded from the iTunes Store, should have a unique track ID that can be used to prevent this.”
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