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The forced requirement of iCloud Music Library and the non existent implementation of synchronized downloads of Offline content to all devices you own is a deal breaker for me. I like a lot of other things about Apple Music, though they did make it more complicated than it needed to be. So for now, I've disabled renewal for a family plan and auto renew for two Match accounts. Don't force me and my family to spend a lot more money per month for cellular data to constantly...
And that's a big problem in my estimation. The cloud is important for a lot of things, but I have no desire to be tethered to it 24/7 to access my stuff. Wifi is not close to being everywhere, and cellular data is both unreliable and very costly. As a family of four we are already paying AT&T about $230 a month for our four iPhones, that I have no desire to spend another $50-70 a month just for the privilege to access my data slowly and unreliablyThat's why I'm disliking...
The new service and iTunes is a clusterfick, sorry to say...Im a 25 year Apple user, the whole family is actually...   The problem starts with Apple forcing you to use icloud Music Library IF you want to use a very reasonable feature of Apple Music, offline listening.   This totally disables any normal local syncing, and you can even control what gets uploaded to the cloud - it tries to jam everything up there.   Of course, if you have your own music that does not...
So even though things appear "correct" for me, a CD I ripped last night is iTunes locally and uploaded to the Cloud, and appears on my iOS devices but only as an online file...I have to manually download it when I happen to be on wifi, which of course I wasn't when I discovered it wasn't available.   Is there no way to automatically download your music to a device, because if one has to manually do this and remember in advance what needs to be download, this is another...
So it seems no one at Apple slept last night, because this morning, it all seems to be working correctly (caveat below) The only thing I did before going to get last night was turn off iCloud Music in iTunes, quit & relaunched, and enabled iCloud music again. All my music, which is 95% ripped from CD's is now synced to iCloud Music Library, whether or not those titles are in the ITunes Store or not. HOWEVER, I noticed ITunes Match is still set to auto renew in my account...
There's little logic. There are many permutations of iTunes installations. Many may only have purchased music for years, and have't ripped a CD in ages. Others may do the opposite, and buy CD's so they can rip lossless. Some use Match. Some don't. Some don't, but used to. Etc. Etc. Etc.
It's been a mess for me as well. Turning on ITunes in the Cloud caused countless lower res Match versions of my ripped music to appear in my Library. I could set iTunes to only show local files, but then how would I see Appe Music files saved for offline listening? I turned off Match some time ago, and cancelled renewal also some time ago, but tuff must have been there. Why you can't delete it makes no sense. It also split some albums into two, and randomly mixed iCloud...
Wasn't 2013 when Apple Maps was really being criticized as poor? These hires were either good people who were brought in to fix Maps but then left for some reason, or, they were part of the old flotsam and jetsam being cleared out as part of improving things over the past two years.
Well, I haven't compared the two, but I've never had much of an issue seeing my Watch, even outdoors. Of course, bright sun will wash out almost any display except a Kindle digital ink... The bigger issue we all have is probably wiping our body oils away from any touch device...
Does anyone have an idea how streaming payouts work? What constitutes a "listen"? The entire song? 50%, after the first 30 seconds...?   How about repeat listens or partial listens by the same user over time? Same rate, or diminishing?   I know my kids constantly start and stop listening to a number of tracks before settling down and almost listening to one in its entirety (this says more about the quality of the crap they listen to then anything), but it got me...
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