Page 2 – iTunes Track Management, Error Messages, and Local Files
iTunes Track Management – Now With More Incomprehensibility
Apple’s horrid lack of attention to iTunes has just created what is now an untenable mess. For example, there still is no easy way to differentiate most if not all the following types of iTunes music from one another:
- my ripped music
- my purchased DRM free music
- DRM free iTunes match songs in the cloud but not local to my machine
- DRM free iTunes match songs that have now been downloaded local to my machine
- the revolting DRM laden crap from the Apple Music service in the cloud but not local to my machine
- the revolting DRM laden crap from the Apple Music service now downloaded and local to my machine.
It’s so bad, that even Apple’s software cannot understand what’s going on. iTunes can and does obliterate your original tracks because it too cannot distinguish among the above different track types. Just like Photos.app should never touch or edit your original photos, iTunes should never touch your original sourced tracks. iTunes should never replace your originally ripped or purchased tracks. It should lock them as originals, and if it must match and/or get different versions, it should do it in a way that does not ever affect the originals.
But currently, iTunes may confuse and replace a rare live concert track you ripped with the plebeian radio edit track (either with a DRM free iTunes Match track or worse yet a DRM laden Apple Music track). It would be like Apple’s Photo replacing your wedding photos with some non-royalty-free stock wedding photos.
Those Error Messages and Cloud Status Icons
Then there is the baffling error messages about the crapfest that is Apple’s cloud music. I purchased this track, yet it’s ineligible for the cloud when you try to add it to a playlist? WTF?
Other than my bad taste in music, what does this bizarre list of download/ineligible icons and dimmed entries mean? Does anyone know?
All of this music should be local on my Mac. Yet some things are dimmed. Some things show they can be downloaded from the cloud. Does that mean they are not on my Mac? If not, WHY THE HELL NOT! That’s where they came from. Did iTunes nuke a local copy and move it up to the cloud only ask to download it again. Is the dimmed “Mission Impossible Theme” killed from my local machine, or is it some dupe made by the cloud service? Then some of those tracks are purchased music tracks that I set iTunes to automatically download, but yet, iTunes hasn’t? Why? There is neither rhyme nor reason as to what or how iTunes is managing these tracks.
Please Take My Money and Let Me Buy This Track Apple
Apple hate’s you owning your own music so much, it won’t even take your money. If you listen to Beats 1 (the only good thing from the Beats acquisition), and you like a track, you can’t just click the ellipsis in iTunes and buy the track. Sure you can share the track on social media, because you know, every one of your friends is waiting with bated breath to see what track you’re listening to on Beats 1 at that moment. But actually buy the track? Screw you. No tracks for you.
This feature used to be in iTunes for a while, but has just vanished. Why? Red stapler closet man in charge of iTunes probably went on vacation. Basically, your easiest option to buy a track you’re listening to on Beats 1 is to Shazam it with your phone, and buy it from there. Thanks, Rube Goldberg.
Much like Apple has abandoned creative users, at this point, if you like owning your own music, you’re persona non grata to Apple. It’s time to start looking for different apps for your music library before Apple destroys it entirely.