iCloud Music Library was introduced with this week's iTunes 12.2 and Apple Music release, and it's turning out to be a big bag of hurt. Instead of giving us a unified music library across all our devices, it's scrambling albums and tracks, and even adds DRM to songs you already own which will lock you out of albums you ripped from CD if you ever drop your Apple Music subscription.
Apple released an iTunes update on Tuesday afternoon with support for Apple Music, the company's new streaming music service and Internet radio station. The version 12.2 update lets users try out and use Apple Music on their Mac and Windows PC—something we've already been able to do most of today on our iPhones and iPads.
Apple's iTunes download page for Mac and Windows continues to offer iTunes 12.1.2, but the company added an "iTunes 12.2 coming soon" note. Apple Music, which launched earlier on Tuesday with iOS 8.4, requires iTunes 12.2 on Mac and Windows, and its absence has been greeted with annoyance and snark on the Interwebs.
On Tuesday, June 30, 2015, Apple updated their iTunes Store Terms and Conditions just hours ahead of the iTunes Music launch. Anyone downloading apps or app updates from the iTunes Store will have to agree to this, as will anyone installing iOS 8.4, as well.
The big changes are the inclusion of a new section detailing Apple Music, with mention of "iCloud Music Library" that sounds eerily familiar to iTunes Match (though iTunes Match is still listed elsewhere). Apple Music will require iOS 8.4, iTunes 12.2 and Android 4.1. Additionally, Apple now (for good reason) has the right to use your playback information to report to licensors and pay royalties. This covers both the new Apple Music service as well as iTunes Match.
How much is music worth? That question has been pushed to the foreground by Apple Music, Taylor Swift, and new cries that Apple is undervaluing artists. Bryan Chaffin says this battle has been brewing for a long time, and he doesn't think some artists will be happy where it leads.
Google on Tuesday launched a free, ad-supported version of Play Music, the company's streaming music service. Using the tagline "Free Music For Everything You Do," the service adds a free service to complement the US$9.99 subscription service it has offered for the last two years—and in case it escaped your notice, the service was launched just one week before Apple launches Apple Music.
Apple Senior Vice President of Internet Services and Software Eddy Cue told Billboard magazine that Taylor Swift's open letter "solidified" the need to change Apple Music's artist compensation plan. He said that Apple had been discussing the issue for the last week, but that her letter helped push them to make the decision.
Anton Newcombe of the band Brian Jonestown Massacre (BJM) recently took to Twitter complaining that Apple had threatened to pull his music from iTunes if he didn't sign up to be a part of Apple Music streaming. Mr. Newcombe's comments have circulated widely, but Apple issued a statement to Rolling Stone on Friday saying, "[Indie music] will not be taken off."
Back from WWDC, Dave and John talk through the geekier side of Apple's news and what it means to you. Then they open the mailbag and answer your questions about virtualization, long trash empties, running Automator workflows from email and much, much more!
There is no company less inclined towards nostalgia than Apple. We got another example of that this week when the company pulled "iPod" from its main menu bar. In its place is "Music," a link to the company's newly announced Apple Music service. This may be Apple's most important super power.
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