Apple Music Annoyance: When Music Just Stops

There are lots of problems with Apple Music, and I’m trying to give it a chance to earn some respect. But as I’ve been listening to music on my MacBook in the past few days, I’ve found a serious annoyance. Every now and then, the music just stops. I get to the end of a track, and the next one doesn’t start. Right now, I’m listening to Igor Levit’s recent recording of Bach’s Goldberg Variations, and this has already happened several times in just 20 tracks.

Apple music stops

As you can see above, there’s a blue line in the progress bar of the iTunes LCD. When music is playing, the line isn’t blue; it looks like this:

Apple music stops2

Sometimes, I just have to double-click the next track to start playback, and sometimes even that doesn’t work. It’s not a network issue; my internet is certainly fast enough. It’s either a local iTunes problem, or an Apple Music server problem. But it’s annoying.

I haven’t experienced this on iOS devices, however, so it must be limited to iTunes playback.

Oh, and, as I write this, that variation 21, in the second screen shot above, just finished, and the next track hasn’t started up yet… Sigh.

10 thoughts on “Apple Music Annoyance: When Music Just Stops

  1. Kirk, I’ve had this happen numerous times when streaming from my phone to my car via Bluetooth. Its even more annoying there because I don’t want to handle a touchscreen phone while driving. That’s when I go back to the iPod Classic permanently connected by USB. You know, from back when Appke’s stuff really did ‘just work’.

  2. Kirk, I’ve had this happen numerous times when streaming from my phone to my car via Bluetooth. Its even more annoying there because I don’t want to handle a touchscreen phone while driving. That’s when I go back to the iPod Classic permanently connected by USB. You know, from back when Appke’s stuff really did ‘just work’.

  3. I can confirm this regular bug on OS X El Capitan. And, as mentioned above, not on iOS.
    Internet connection is not to blame.
    Quitting iTunes and restart doesn’t solve the problem.
    There are 2 kinds of problems :

    • next song that doesn’t start / load
    • or song that starts but loads too slowly, like on a 1997 internet bandwidth

  4. I can confirm this regular bug on OS X El Capitan. And, as mentioned above, not on iOS.
    Internet connection is not to blame.
    Quitting iTunes and restart doesn’t solve the problem.
    There are 2 kinds of problems :

    • next song that doesn’t start / load
    • or song that starts but loads too slowly, like on a 1997 internet bandwidth

  5. Exact same issues here. I am about 2 more stops away from cancelling my Apple Music subscription all together, as this is incredibly unstable and unreliable for a PAID subscription service.

    At first, I thought it was an issue with music I had in my library already, as it would stop and “think” (silently display progress bar) when it would shuffle to a track I already own in my music library. But no, it continues tk be an annoyance with many tracks, with no rhyme or reason. In the time I am typing this, it still has not found it’s way to playing the song.

    Not okay, as I also usually am using this while driving over Bluetooth connection, and Apple clearly doesn’t seem to care about giving more reason for people to fumble with theid phone screens while driving.

  6. Exact same issues here. I am about 2 more stops away from cancelling my Apple Music subscription all together, as this is incredibly unstable and unreliable for a PAID subscription service.

    At first, I thought it was an issue with music I had in my library already, as it would stop and “think” (silently display progress bar) when it would shuffle to a track I already own in my music library. But no, it continues tk be an annoyance with many tracks, with no rhyme or reason. In the time I am typing this, it still has not found it’s way to playing the song.

    Not okay, as I also usually am using this while driving over Bluetooth connection, and Apple clearly doesn’t seem to care about giving more reason for people to fumble with theid phone screens while driving.

  7. I find this often happens when I’m in my car. It’s not an issue with connectivity, since coverage around where I live is decent. I can see that a track is waiting to start, then gives up, then skips to the next, which skips to the next, etc.

  8. I find this often happens when I’m in my car. It’s not an issue with connectivity, since coverage around where I live is decent. I can see that a track is waiting to start, then gives up, then skips to the next, which skips to the next, etc.

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