iTunes 12.2.1 solves problem with iTunes Match tracks converted to Apple Music DRM

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in iPod + iTunes + AppleTV edited July 2015
Apple on Monday released iTunes 12.2.1, fixing a critical problem that would cause tracks matched via iTunes Match to be converted to Apple Music content instead.




The issue was a potentially serious one, since tracks linked with Apple Music have copy protection, and are no longer playable if a subscription to that service expires. Tracks uploaded to iTunes Match are owned by the person in question and are supposed to be freely copyable when downloaded to a device.

Mac owners can fetch the update through the Updates tab at the Mac App Store. Windows owners should be able to grab the software shortly via the Apple Software Update tool, or else via direct download.

Still unresolved is a problem with iCloud Music Library -- which links iTunes Match and Apple Music -- that can substitute bad metadata and artwork, generate duplicates, or even wipe out entire playlists and the music within them. Numerous people have complained on Apple's support forums, although there do appear to be ways of recovering library data such as using old ITL files or restoring from backup, depending on the severity of the damage.
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  • Reply 1 of 23
    deegee48deegee48 Posts: 66member
    I now have tracks in my Match library that I NEVER had before!
  • Reply 2 of 23
    thebumthebum Posts: 58member
    Have they fixed the downloaded song truncation issue yet?
  • Reply 3 of 23
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    Originally Posted by TheBum View Post



    Have they fixed the downloaded song truncation issue yet?



    I'm not the only one with that problem? That's been an issue for me for years.

  • Reply 4 of 23
    zroger73zroger73 Posts: 722member
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by DeeGee48 View Post



    I now have tracks in my Match library that I NEVER had before!

    U2, perhaps? :)

  • Reply 5 of 23
    pdbreskepdbreske Posts: 39member
    When I try to update, the Mac App Store tells me I have to quit iTunes AND Aperture to complete the installation. What's it doing to my Aperture??? I'm afraid Apple is going to break my favorite app now that they say it won't be supported anymore.
  • Reply 6 of 23
    Fixed my bug with Mini Player and Internet Radio. I'm pleased.
  • Reply 7 of 23

    If you use iTunes Radio with customized stations, You're going to hate this update. It breaks the ability to edit/create stations other than the horrible curated stations. I'm very sure I was able to still edit stations before updating today in iTunes, but now I cannot. 



    basically it forces iTunes radio listeners to pay for Apple Music and use it's playlists instead of your custom radio stations built over the past 2 years. 

  • Reply 8 of 23
    zroger73zroger73 Posts: 722member
    Quote:



    Originally Posted by Scott Stewart View Post

     

    If you use iTunes Radio with customized stations, You're going to hate this update. It breaks the ability to edit/create stations other than the horrible curated stations. I'm very sure I was able to still edit stations before updating today in iTunes, but now I cannot. 



    basically it forces iTunes radio listeners to pay for Apple Music and use it's playlists instead of your custom radio stations built over the past 2 years. 


    I lost several stations along with the ability to re-create them just before Apple Music, iOS 8.4, and iTunes 12.2 appeared. For example, the night before Apple Music launched, I noticed my "Chill" station was missing. There was a new "Chill" station with different artwork and a completely different playlist, which I don't care for. There used to be several "decades" channels that I enjoyed. Those are gone as well.

  • Reply 9 of 23
    thebumthebum Posts: 58member
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by TheWhiteFalcon View Post

     



    I'm not the only one with that problem? That's been an issue for me for years.


    Nope.  In fact, one of the Macworld.com contributors has mentioned it in an article.  I can't locate the article at the moment.

  • Reply 10 of 23
    jcraigjcraig Posts: 30member
    I also recently realized that a big chunk of my music was missing in Match via my iPhone. After updating iTunes today, I turned off Match on my phone, re-enabled it, and voila! all my music is now there. And organized properly as well.
  • Reply 11 of 23

    I have the new curated stations and all my old stations form the previous iTunes Radio AND a couple new stations created with this current version of the Music app via the "Start Station..." selection from a song I was listening to. Clearly our anecdotal evidence clashes, but there it is... I have not yet subscribed to Apple Music; for now I am using the ad-supported "stations". That may be a difference?

     

    Whatever the case, I was surprised after the update to see my old stations since everything I rad seemed to indicate they would go away. They still work fine, and actually provide more variety than before. 

  • Reply 12 of 23

    Old stations are still there, but unable to add new music to them or change the included artists. There is no way to edit them. 

  • Reply 13 of 23
    john.bjohn.b Posts: 2,721member
    Apple on Monday released iTunes 12.2.1, fixing a critical problem that would cause tracks matched via iTunes Match to be converted to Apple Music content instead.

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    The issue was a potentially serious one, since tracks linked with Apple Music <a href="http://appleinsider.com/articles/15/07/01/apple-music-users-complain-icloud-music-library-deletes-renames-itunes-content">have copy protection</a>, and are no longer playable if a subscription to that service expires. Tracks uploaded to iTunes Match are owned by the person in question and are supposed to be freely copyable when downloaded to a device.

    Wait, weren't we told (rather condescendingly, I might add!) that this was user-error?

    http://m.imore.com/no-apple-not-adding-drm-songs-your-mac-you-already-own

    And still no fix to the scrambled metadata problem...

    Software quality at Apple is a hot mess.
  • Reply 14 of 23
    zroger73 wrote: »
    U2, perhaps? :)

    Ouch. Either that or Antennagate.
  • Reply 15 of 23
    john.b wrote: »
    Wait, weren't we told (rather condescendingly, I might add!) that this was user-error?

    http://m.imore.com/no-apple-not-adding-drm-songs-your-mac-you-already-own

    And still no fix to the scrambled metadata problem...

    Software quality at Apple is a hot mess.

    Apple engineers are aware. Apple executives(including Craig) are going around with their fingers in their ears saying everything is fine.

    The launch delay of 12.2 indicated it had issues they were scrambling to fix at the last minute. But they shipped buggy, unfinished software, just like iOS 8.4, to meet the deadline.
  • Reply 16 of 23
    nasseraenasserae Posts: 3,158member

    You still can't stream Beats 1 Radio to Airplay speakers from iTunes (OS X) :no:

  • Reply 17 of 23
    splifsplif Posts: 592member
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Scott Stewart View Post

     

    Old stations are still there, but unable to add new music to them or change the included artists. There is no way to edit them. 




    If you are talking about the free service those options have moved to the top center of the window, next to the song name that is playing, under the eclipses menu.

  • Reply 18 of 23
    john673john673 Posts: 40member

    Finally, thank you Apple! 

  • Reply 19 of 23
    Apple engineers are aware. Apple executives(including Craig) are going around with their fingers in their ears saying everything is fine.

    Craig may be saying everything is fine, but in reality, he's just talking about his hair.
  • Reply 20 of 23

    Apple execs do not care about your personal files sitting on your computer.  The grand vision is to turn your computer into another connected device, while they hold all content in the cloud.  Small software bugs like this are now immaterial to the execs, though perhaps the coders and the everyday folk try to preserve things for us.

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