Apple Hates Music Lovers Who Want to Own Their Music

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| Devil's Advocate

So Apple upgraded the Music App in iOS 10. It still sucks. And a lot. Apparently Apple feels that changing the font size to be bigger qualifies as UI redesign. Another ‘upgrade’ is that Apple removed the star ratings on your music. You know, the ratings that you’ve spent years and years adding. Just gone. You can still ask Siri to set a rating by saying “Siri rate this song three stars.” But you can no longer see them.

Tapping on the album art to show the star rating now does a sum total of nothing. So they actually had to work to remove that code. And why not add star ratings to the ellipsis “…” option?

iOS 10 Music Rating Mockup

iOS 10 Music Rating Mockup

iCloud Music Turned Off

Why do these things? Because Apple hates you and your carefully curated music collection and wants to end it. What else explains Apple letting iTunes become a serial murdering music library terrorist?

Apple tries to kill your music at every turn to sell its crapfest Apple Music service. The company prefers that you all comply and rent the same music rather than owning and having different music.

And you know it’s only a matter of time. You’ll spend years curating your own music playlists on Apple Music, and at some point Apple will randomly pull music tracks from your playlists. For those who disagree that can happen, give me a holler via Ping. It’s certainly happened on other services getting Zoom’d, and considering Apple’s constant attack on my music collection, I don’t put it above the company.

For example, I do not have Apple Music. I’ve turned off iCloud Music Library (see the first image below). Yet, I still have mysterious download cloud icons in my music collection (see the second image below). It’s constantly downloading crap I don’t want into my library.

iCloud Music Turned Off

iCloud Music Turned Off

iOS 10 Music Cloud Downloads

iOS 10 Music Cloud Downloads

Crimes Against UI

Which gets to the bigger problem of Apple UI design going into the toilet. It’s gone down hill since Jonny Ive took over. Perhaps it’s coincidence and correlation. Perhaps it’s causative. But regardless, it’s gone into the toilet. Here’s a hint, changing font types and sizes is not UI design.

What’s worse, it’s clear Apple gave the job of maintaining to just one dude, probably stuck in a closet clutching a red stapler. And Apple is so busy patting itself on the back for the moribund purchase of Beats and integrating that crap show virus into iTunes that it didn’t bother to notice it’s destroyed iTunes in the process.

Does Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre have some blackmail on Tim Cook and Eddy Cue? They’re acting like a couple of geeks wanting to get in with the jock/cool crew in high school. I cannot explain their fawning blindness to the crapshow that Beats has created with iTunes and management’s inability to call a horrid product out to the shed and do what’s needed. You know that’s what Steve Jobs would have done.

What Would Steve Do?

And F’ everyone that has a problem with talking about what Steve Jobs would do. People at Apple need to start seriously thinking about what Steve would have done. Yeah yeah, I know he told Tim Cook not to, but he also told us we wouldn’t have an iPod with video. Not to mention, Apple set up an entire university internally to basically teach what Steve did.

So stop with the cognitive dissidence already. Wise up. Be more like Jobs. Pay attention to details and the big picture. They are often related.

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“Apple letting iTunes become a serial murdering music library terrorist”. Beautifully described. I am still hurting from boldly buying my first Mac in 2012, starting up iTunes, pointing it to my extensive music collection on a server, and watching a chaotic disaster unfold that I had no say in (as it happened) and no warning it would happen, and if you want to say that I should have reasonably expected it to happen, you are kidding.


Thank you John Kheit! Totally with your opinion. And I´m also with you furbies, Lancashire-Witch, Paul Goodwin, archimedes.. Finally someone from the writing folks writes about it. I was wondering a long time, if I´m the only one (or the last user remaining) to be deeply worried and upset about, what has been done to iTunes over the last years. Especially on macOS (“Music” or former “iPod” on iOS has never been that capable as its parent app on macOS, but has been pretty good – but, by the way, where the heck has this “recently played” list gone in… Read more »


Actually even if you avoid Apple Music and iCloud Music Library like the plague… iTunes still messes things up. Awful rubbish.


It’s such an un-Apple-like user experience. There is no sane reason for breaking iTunes syncing, but it seems nearly impossible to get it to peacefully coexist with Apple Music and with iCloud Music Library. Damaged playlists, deleted music, damaged metadata… it’s a complete and total nightmare, and it feels so awful to have a piece of software ride roughshod over your carefully selected music.

When long-term Apple fans like John Kheit say “Apple hates you” – well, that might be a sign that something is rotten in the state of iTunes/Apple Music.

Would people pay a monthly fee (or Any fee for that matter) to listen to the music they already own by using Apple Music? Did I miss something? Are people so involved with their daily lives that they don’t care they are being financially raped?! Yes, I said ‘raped’. First, (not just Apple) you MUST upgrade because the reliable equipment you had suddenly becomes obsolete. I am all for technology marching on, in fact I embrace it; I am a big sci-fi fan who enjoys when imagined invention becomes reality and continues to improve. BUUUT, when you are FOrCed to… Read more »


I’m pretty disappointed with iTunes 12, and haven’t upgraded to iOS 10 or Sierra. I’ve stopped buying iTunes music because it’s hard to find the songs or artists I want.

Is there a way to go back to iTunes 10?

Lee Dronick

“Is it impossible for Apple to get with the plan and let ME choose what’s shown/playable?”

It is not impossible, but maybe it is not as profitable.


In large part I agree with the article author.

iOS 10’s Music app UI is a step backwards.
I too don’t want my music purchases that I’ve decided not to “download” to my iPhone showing up in the Music App. Is it impossible for Apple to get with the plan and let ME choose what’s shown/playable ?

And while I didn’t “manically” star rate my music, it was a handy way to build a playlist of lesser played songs that I could either “prune” or play as a seperate group to “refresh” my appreciation of an artist/group.

Paul Goodwin

I personally think taking star ratings out of iOS shows a ridiculous lack of vision of what their own products are capable of. Maybe an iPhone is too small of a device too be a creation tool. But an iPad isn’t. Why can I have similar smart playlist creation capability (using star ratings) on the iPad that I have on the Mac. It’s like they’re thinking of the iPad as a consumption only device. I want to sit on my deck with the iPad to do that work instead of having to go back inside on the iMac. And a… Read more »

Paul Goodwin

Lancashire-Witch. I agree on iTunes 10. The best one ever for music organization and playlist creation was 10.6.8 (if I remember the version right).

Paul Goodwin


Where did you get an address to send a note to a Product Manager? I’ve never seen anything but the general feedback to Apple in their contact info.

Lee Dronick

I’ve completely given up with Podcasts.

I recently renewed my interest in them, I listen to them during my Apple Watch inspired fitness program. One of the things I like about iOS 10 is that when listening to podcasts raising the iPhone shows a the Podcast player and I can quickly hit the 15 second rewind to hear something that bears repeating or pause when I need it to.


I manage all the household’s music (about 12,000 tracks) on a G5 with iTunes 10 – works well. Home sharing and Airplay ensure that all the family can access and play the music they want. Quality ripping (and re-ripping!) and iTunes purchases mean I don’t need iCloud music library (iTunes Match) or Apple Music. From a UI perspective iTunes 12 on newer macs is not as easy or intuitive as iTunes 10. Apple’s penchant for removing features (and applications!) often causes disappointment and frustration. Do they think we don’t mind seeing hours of work just vanish, sometimes without warning? I’ve… Read more »


I also kind of have to agree with dlstarr7. I don’t care how many years someone has written here or anywhere, when an article is titled like click-bait and reads like click-bait, it’s kind click-bait, or at least click-bait-ish. Apple doesn’t hate music lovers who want to own their music. Total click-bait title. Apple is indifferent to music lovers who want their own music. If they hated those who want their own music, they would not offer import capability of CDs into iTunes and they certainly wouldn’t offer iTunes Match. Apple is very tolerant of music lovers who want their… Read more »


Wow, lots of emotion. I will add my 2 cents. I love Apple music. Sure, I have a ton of CDs already in iTunes, but I have three daughters that love the latest and greatest stuff they hear on the radio, a wife who likes a variety of music, a mother who loves 50s and 60s music, and I like a wider variety than my wife. For the cost of two albums a month, all 6 of us can listen to whatever we want, wherever we want. Cost of 3 caramel machiatos. Cost of two McDonald’s Big Mac meals. This… Read more »


I’ve never used star ratings because tastes change over time. I get sick of anything I hear too often, even the greatest songs of all time. Over longer time frames tastes change even more. I’m shocked at some of the stuff I spent good money on and equally shocked at stuff I used to hate that now appears in great quantity in my library. All music database applications like iTunes suck. They don’t have nearly enough fields and only have a single view. Real databases permit an infinite number of views that can be easily cloned so you don’t have… Read more »

Lee Dronick

Well there is a new version of iOS out, 10.0.2, which hopefully means that there has been a coup d’état at Apple and certain designers have been sent back to Facebook.


BTW: geoduck…Why, if you’re steaming from Apple Music, would you ever need to use iTunes?

I don’t use AppleMusic

Lee Dronick

What does this mean in a playlist on my iPhone:

This playlist has been downloaded to this iPhone. Do you want to to delete it from your Library, or remove the downloads from this iPhone?

Remove Downloads

Delete from Library


And how do get rid of Mr. Obvious’ alert that I downloaded a playlist from my Mac? A playlist that I deliberately put there because I personally curated it.

I’m not sure I understand the problem. I have been using iTunes since 2004. I have amassed a rather large music library (60k+ songs) over the years, between ripping my existing CD library and mp3 purchases. I am now an Apple Music subscriber, and I still have all of that music. I have everything Apple Music offers, plus my library. So they removed star ratings. I’ll admit, that was a surprise and a fairly confusing change, considering that I — like, I imagine, a lot of people — used star ratings to create smart playlists. But ultimately, I was only… Read more »