Hey Apple, Stop Messing With My Music!!!

Okay, Apple, this is getting out of hand. It’s bad enough that when I sync my music to my iPhone, you think you have the right to replace some of my album art. But now you’re changing my tags. And they’re wrong.

I was listening to my music on shuffle today, when walking on my treadmill. I was using my iPhone, which is running iOS 8.3. I was very surprised to see the name of the artist when I looked at my phone and this track was playing:

Dylan not grateful

Now, Bob Dylan has played with the Grateful Dead, and even recorded an album with them. But the Dead didn’t play on Blood on the Tracks. I checked all the Bob Dylan tracks on my iPhone, and they all say Bob Dylan & Grateful Dead. But if I look in iTunes, here’s what I see:

Dylan not grateful itunes

I don’t see anything about the Grateful Dead there. The only way this change could have been (incorrectly) made was during the sync. As I showed in the article I link to above, about album art, iOS devices connect to the iTunes Store during the sync, and they must now be changing tags, not only album artwork.

ArtistsNote that I do not have iTunes Match turned on. I do not have any music in my iTunes library listed as Bob Dylan & Grateful Dead (I have the Dylan and the Dead album listed under Bob Dylan). And on my iPhone, as you can see to the left, there is no Bob Dylan & Grateful Dead listed as an artist. The only possibility is that iOS is contacting the iTunes Store and getting incorrect information.

Bob Dylan & Grateful Dead – in that exact spelling, with the ampersand – is an artist name on the iTunes Store. That’s how the Dylan & The Dead album from 1989 is listed. But, again, I don’t list that album under that artist title:

Dylan and dead

THIS SHOULD NOT BE HAPPENING. There is no scenario where Apple should be changing the tags on my music files, any more than they should change its album artwork.

What about you, dear readers? Are you seeing similar tag changes on your music with iOS 8.3? This is the only one I’ve spotted so far; there may be others on my iPhone.

96 thoughts on “Hey Apple, Stop Messing With My Music!!!

  1. This is yet another reason my favorite device for muslc-listening is my iPod Classic. iOS updates keep screwing things up. Is there anything Apple does right anymore? I’m not being facetious.

  2. This is yet another reason my favorite device for muslc-listening is my iPod Classic. iOS updates keep screwing things up. Is there anything Apple does right anymore? I’m not being facetious.

  3. What I have discovered is they way music is sorted has changed. If you go into the album info, go to the sorting tab. The “Sort As” lines have information that I never put there. Apple has changed the way I sort MY music and I don’t like it. If you delete the information in those lines, it will return your library to the way you originally set it up. At least it has for me. I really hate the decisions someone within Apple has made to iTunes and the way I sort my music. This has to stop. If I had Tim Cook’s email address, I would sent a detailed email. There are a lot of quirks that this latest “upgrade” of iTunes has introduced. The inability to delete from the right using the delete key with the Gray arrow and “x”, This sorting issue, the lag time when changing the Album Title (I push a key and it takes several seconds for the action to take place) and inability to use the drop-downs when entering information. I hope this isn’t a foreshadowing of what will happen with the Beats music service goes live. I want nothing to do with that. It had better be optional or Apple might lose a long standing customer.
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  4. What I have discovered is they way music is sorted has changed. If you go into the album info, go to the sorting tab. The “Sort As” lines have information that I never put there. Apple has changed the way I sort MY music and I don’t like it. If you delete the information in those lines, it will return your library to the way you originally set it up. At least it has for me. I really hate the decisions someone within Apple has made to iTunes and the way I sort my music. This has to stop. If I had Tim Cook’s email address, I would sent a detailed email. There are a lot of quirks that this latest “upgrade” of iTunes has introduced. The inability to delete from the right using the delete key with the Gray arrow and “x”, This sorting issue, the lag time when changing the Album Title (I push a key and it takes several seconds for the action to take place) and inability to use the drop-downs when entering information. I hope this isn’t a foreshadowing of what will happen with the Beats music service goes live. I want nothing to do with that. It had better be optional or Apple might lose a long standing customer.
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  5. So it’s showing different metadata when playing back in iOS 8.3, but not changing any of your actual iTunes metadata on the Mac? I hope this is the case, because it means they are just changing it for display purposes. If iTunes messed with my real metadata, I think I’d cry.

    • Nothing’s changing in iTunes, because the change only occurs on the device. I could try deleting some of the music from my iTunes library, and then transferring purchases, to sew what happens…

  6. So it’s showing different metadata when playing back in iOS 8.3, but not changing any of your actual iTunes metadata on the Mac? I hope this is the case, because it means they are just changing it for display purposes. If iTunes messed with my real metadata, I think I’d cry.

    • Nothing’s changing in iTunes, because the change only occurs on the device. I could try deleting some of the music from my iTunes library, and then transferring purchases, to sew what happens…

      • I realize that, but I bet that is the reason for the tag changes. Before ITunes Match, we didn’t have these problems, did we?

        • Bear in mind, this is still in beta. There is every possibility it will be fixed in the final release. Considering the size of my library, I’m amazed iTunes Match works as well as it does. My only real gripe is that it sometimes takes a long time to synchronise.

      • I realize that, but I bet that is the reason for the tag changes. Before ITunes Match, we didn’t have these problems, did we?

        • Bear in mind, this is still in beta. There is every possibility it will be fixed in the final release. Considering the size of my library, I’m amazed iTunes Match works as well as it does. My only real gripe is that it sometimes takes a long time to synchronise.

  7. Hey, Kirk – the itunes retagging thing used to drive me crazy. I could find no way around it … so, I delete any music I purchase from itunes and then strip out the itunes id and their stupid sorting. I use mp3tag to get things the way I want, then reimport it into my library. Then, when I sync, the phone, ipad, ipod respects my tags. The key seems to be stripping out the itunes id in extended tags. I hate this behavior …

    On another note, have you been able to use the 8.4 beta on any of your devices? Have they fixed the genre – artist – album “feature?” Meaning, If you go by genre – artist – album in the device’s music app, your album list contains every song in each album – so, if you have 11 albums for an artist, you have to scroll through scores of songs to get to the album you want. They seem to refuse to fix this, even through it’s not an uncommon complaint. I use Stezza, a music player that can be found in the app store, and it displays albums the “right way” when you go by genre – artist – album.

    Thanks!

    • First, the retagging you’re talking about occurs when you have iTunes in the Cloud turned on, and it retags some files to the correct tags. What happened to me is that it added an incorrect artist tag.

      In 8.4, there is no longer a Genre > Artist > Album approach; when you enter Genre, you see all the albums in that genre, in alphabetical order, by album name. (Sigh.)

  8. Hey, Kirk – the itunes retagging thing used to drive me crazy. I could find no way around it … so, I delete any music I purchase from itunes and then strip out the itunes id and their stupid sorting. I use mp3tag to get things the way I want, then reimport it into my library. Then, when I sync, the phone, ipad, ipod respects my tags. The key seems to be stripping out the itunes id in extended tags. I hate this behavior …

    On another note, have you been able to use the 8.4 beta on any of your devices? Have they fixed the genre – artist – album “feature?” Meaning, If you go by genre – artist – album in the device’s music app, your album list contains every song in each album – so, if you have 11 albums for an artist, you have to scroll through scores of songs to get to the album you want. They seem to refuse to fix this, even through it’s not an uncommon complaint. I use Stezza, a music player that can be found in the app store, and it displays albums the “right way” when you go by genre – artist – album.

    Thanks!

    • First, the retagging you’re talking about occurs when you have iTunes in the Cloud turned on, and it retags some files to the correct tags. What happened to me is that it added an incorrect artist tag.

      In 8.4, there is no longer a Genre > Artist > Album approach; when you enter Genre, you see all the albums in that genre, in alphabetical order, by album name. (Sigh.)

  9. Kirk – *Interesting* – I don’t think this applies to my situation, though – I only messed around with itunes in the cloud a few times (don’t like it – too much music to navigate through). First, I realize we’re describing different issues – mine’s old, yours is new, and they’re obviously slightly but clearly different – but they’re of a kind because they fall into the “unwanted retagging” category. OK – while I’ve had itunes in the cloud turned on, at times in the past, this happened when itunes in the cloud was most definitely turned off – my files were still retagged somewhere in the journey from itunes on my pc to my device(s) (and, as experiments, I’d completely wipe my devices of music and, separately, I’d completely reload them from factory settings). This problem went away once I removed the itunes id tag. The thing I don’t know is – were they getting retagged on my pc (from info Apple keeps around based on itunes id)? I mean, the original files in my itunes library wouldn’t get affected, just the files that ended up on my devices. Or were they getting retagged because Apple somehow reached out to itself on the internet during the sync? I never did that experiment! – syncing with the internet unplugged.

    And – OMG! – they fixed the genre – artist – album problem by eliminating the choice! How do people do it, then? I’m exclusively album based – I want to play Jazz > John Coltrane > Giant Steps, say. If I have 30 jazz artists with 4 to 10 albums, each, on my devices, how does Apple expect me to efficiently navigate my music? Aargh. Thanks for letting me know. Just … why???

    • Being able to browse playlists as a group of albums is my most-wanted feature. I have yet to find an app that supports it, even though iTunes does.

  10. Kirk – *Interesting* – I don’t think this applies to my situation, though – I only messed around with itunes in the cloud a few times (don’t like it – too much music to navigate through). First, I realize we’re describing different issues – mine’s old, yours is new, and they’re obviously slightly but clearly different – but they’re of a kind because they fall into the “unwanted retagging” category. OK – while I’ve had itunes in the cloud turned on, at times in the past, this happened when itunes in the cloud was most definitely turned off – my files were still retagged somewhere in the journey from itunes on my pc to my device(s) (and, as experiments, I’d completely wipe my devices of music and, separately, I’d completely reload them from factory settings). This problem went away once I removed the itunes id tag. The thing I don’t know is – were they getting retagged on my pc (from info Apple keeps around based on itunes id)? I mean, the original files in my itunes library wouldn’t get affected, just the files that ended up on my devices. Or were they getting retagged because Apple somehow reached out to itself on the internet during the sync? I never did that experiment! – syncing with the internet unplugged.

    And – OMG! – they fixed the genre – artist – album problem by eliminating the choice! How do people do it, then? I’m exclusively album based – I want to play Jazz > John Coltrane > Giant Steps, say. If I have 30 jazz artists with 4 to 10 albums, each, on my devices, how does Apple expect me to efficiently navigate my music? Aargh. Thanks for letting me know. Just … why???

    • Being able to browse playlists as a group of albums is my most-wanted feature. I have yet to find an app that supports it, even though iTunes does.

  11. What’s next? “We’ve analysed your listening habits and reasoned that to maintain an acceptable musical presence on our store we have erased your socially disagreeable imported choices and replaced them with government approved choices, do not try to rename them, this will result in severe sync issues.
    Let our professional entertainment supervisors decide for you, they know best, they have a graph, a chart. We also recommend that you limit listening to introspective lyrics.”
    At what point would this intrusion become impolite?

  12. What’s next? “We’ve analysed your listening habits and reasoned that to maintain an acceptable musical presence on our store we have erased your socially disagreeable imported choices and replaced them with government approved choices, do not try to rename them, this will result in severe sync issues.
    Let our professional entertainment supervisors decide for you, they know best, they have a graph, a chart. We also recommend that you limit listening to introspective lyrics.”
    At what point would this intrusion become impolite?

  13. I like (well actually I dislike) the title, “Hey Apple, Stop Messing With My Music!!!” – because unfortunately I feel this is happening more and more. My example is not tagging and nor is it the latest IOS. I have two iPods and a library of about 500 records. I regularly sync the two iPods to the same machine (and I do nothing else “fancy”) but yesterday I discovered that there was a purchased record (from iTunes) on one of my iPods but not on the other. How could this be? I like my music and I want to trust my machines. This is becoming irksome….. and ultimately I will stop using Apple.

  14. I like (well actually I dislike) the title, “Hey Apple, Stop Messing With My Music!!!” – because unfortunately I feel this is happening more and more. My example is not tagging and nor is it the latest IOS. I have two iPods and a library of about 500 records. I regularly sync the two iPods to the same machine (and I do nothing else “fancy”) but yesterday I discovered that there was a purchased record (from iTunes) on one of my iPods but not on the other. How could this be? I like my music and I want to trust my machines. This is becoming irksome….. and ultimately I will stop using Apple.

  15. I’ve been having the same issue with my iPhone. One particular case is very odd. I have some of the music from my daughter’s cartoons on my phone for her to listen to in the car. Some of these were from the iTunes store, others were taken from YouTube videos of songs from her show that do not appear on any soundtrack albums. I changed the artist on each one to reflect the character singing, not the artist who wrote the music. My iPhone decided to take the name of one of those cartoon characters and replace all iTunes (but not YouTube) tracks with it. They have therefore been forced, by the iTunes store, to have the name of an artist that doesn’t actually exist anywhere in the store, only in the show and in my iTunes library.

    I would really love if someone found a way to keep Apple from borking with tags.

  16. I’ve been having the same issue with my iPhone. One particular case is very odd. I have some of the music from my daughter’s cartoons on my phone for her to listen to in the car. Some of these were from the iTunes store, others were taken from YouTube videos of songs from her show that do not appear on any soundtrack albums. I changed the artist on each one to reflect the character singing, not the artist who wrote the music. My iPhone decided to take the name of one of those cartoon characters and replace all iTunes (but not YouTube) tracks with it. They have therefore been forced, by the iTunes store, to have the name of an artist that doesn’t actually exist anywhere in the store, only in the show and in my iTunes library.

    I would really love if someone found a way to keep Apple from borking with tags.

  17. Are the tags just changed in the iTunes/IOS databases or is it actually writing incorrect tags to the files themselves? That would be awful.

    • If you look at the files in iTunes, they are as you created them. Only the versions sitting on the iOS devices have been altered.

      • In iTunes, yes. But the question was whether they files on the iOS device have been changed. I haven’t been able to check this, since iExplorer, which I use to copy files, and other apps, don’t work with iOS 8.3. But I do want to copy a file back from my iPhone and see if the artwork is embedded in the file, or simply being read from a cache on the iPhone.

        Assuming the files on the device are changed, this would mean that if you delete the files in iTunes, then copy your purchases back to iTunes, the files you get will have the wrong album art.

        • 99.5% of the tracks in my iTunes library are from CDs that I own. I have several albums that have had their artwork changed that I’m pretty sure have never been on an iOS device.

  18. Are the tags just changed in the iTunes/IOS databases or is it actually writing incorrect tags to the files themselves? That would be awful.

    • If you look at the files in iTunes, they are as you created them. Only the versions sitting on the iOS devices have been altered.

      • In iTunes, yes. But the question was whether they files on the iOS device have been changed. I haven’t been able to check this, since iExplorer, which I use to copy files, and other apps, don’t work with iOS 8.3. But I do want to copy a file back from my iPhone and see if the artwork is embedded in the file, or simply being read from a cache on the iPhone.

        Assuming the files on the device are changed, this would mean that if you delete the files in iTunes, then copy your purchases back to iTunes, the files you get will have the wrong album art.

        • 99.5% of the tracks in my iTunes library are from CDs that I own. I have several albums that have had their artwork changed that I’m pretty sure have never been on an iOS device.

  19. My two ipods (my wife’s and mine) used in two cars (2013 Lexus and 2014 Lexus) worked perfectly before the 8.2 and 8.3 updates. My Artists (or perhaps I should say Album Artists) were listed alphabetically in both the iPod and the car stereo – Al Kooper, Bonnie Raitt, Carol King, Chopin, Darkest Classical, Dave Brubeck, etc., . . . Stephen Stills, etc. It was only after the update that the Artists (ie, Album Artists) got scrambled up. My car stereo behaves as if Group By Album Artist is unchecked. If it is checked, the iPod lists the artists according to my preferred artist listings. However, the car lists the artists in the same way as the iPod if GBAA is unchecked. Obviously, Apple includes hidden and unchangeable metadata with its tunes. In some cases, it makes absolutely no sense. Thus, any classical collections are no longer listed as one artist (or album artist), which I have renamed as Chopin or Darkest Classical. I now see 30 or more artists, such as the name of the performing orchestra or the conductor, even though none of this info is in the Get Info details or sorting and cannot be changed. Thus, while I have renamed my Buffalo Springfield Artist and Album Artist as Stephen Stills so it is grouped with my other Stephen Stills, iTunes has mysteriously renamed and sorted it as Buffalo Springfield, even though this name appears nowhere in the Get Info details. I noticed this problem initially with some Simon and Garfunkel tunes. One tune got lost. I later found it listed as Paul Simon because it was from a Paul Simon album. My renaming of Artist and Album Artist to Simon & Garfunkel was ignored in favor of iTunes re-categorization as Paul Simon, even though that info is not in the Get Info details or sorting.
    More recently, I noticed my extensive collection of Bonnie Raitt tunes was nowhere to be found. In carefully scrolling through my car stereo, I noticed all my Bonnie Raitt tunes were now listed under a mystery artist named Maria Muldaur and Bonnie Raitt. First, I don’t have any albums with this artist. I did download one tune from a Maria Muldaur album and that one tune lists Maria Muldaur and Bonnie Raitt as the artist. But why should that one tune suddenly recategorize all my Bonnie Raitt tunes under Maria Muldaur and Bonnie Raitt.
    I’ve been working extensively with Apple Support who has made me run all sorts of tests, including a full iPod restore without connecting to iCloud or iTunes. So far nothing works. When I did this test, I only synced three artists, Beth Hart, Gene Harris and Simon & Garfunkel. I ended up with the following artists (with GBAA unchecked): Beth Hart, Beth Hart (w/ Joe Bonamassa), Gene Harris (w/ Anita O’Day), Gene Harris (Blue Monk), Gene Harris, Simon & Garfunkel (Paul Simon) and Simon & Garfunkel. Because the iPod kept relentlessly insisting I sign in to iTunes, I did, and this resulted in a reordering of the artists to: Gene Harris (Anita O’Day), Beth Hart (Beth), Gene Harris (Gene), Beth Hart (Joe Bonamassa), Simon & Garfunkel (Paul Simon), Simon & Garfunkel (S&G), Gene Harris (Blue Monk compilation – not sure why end of alphabet). Talk about screwed up.
    Finally, I have 7 songs from Steve Winwood’s Revolutions album, basically a Greatest Hits album. With GBAA unchecked and in my car stereo (even w/ GBAA checked), I see 3 separate artists: Blind Faith, Spencer Davis and Traffic. The system completely ignores my renaming of Artist and Album Artist to Steve Winwood.
    At this point, I can no longer use the iPod in my cars because it is impossible to find any particular artist and have that artist play all the songs from that artist. I’ve had to delete classical collections, eg, my Darkest Classical was an album of 50 dark classical pieces from various composers (Bach, Chopin, Liszt, etc.) performed by various orchestras, conductors, artists. This collection now shows up as 35+ artists scattered throughout the alphabet.
    If there is a way to escalate this problem at Apple, please advise.

    • SO frustrating. I just came across you post while searching on how to resolve this issue. I have a bunch of music by Paloma Faith and bought one song with her and Ray Davies and now all of the music is under Ray Davies and Paloma Faith. I have tried everything that I know how to do and am so frustrated. As you said, this information is nowhere to be found in my tags.

    • I recently downloaded the 9.1 update to both ipods and was pleasantly surprised to find that my artist listings now appear correctly in both automobile music systems.

  20. My two ipods (my wife’s and mine) used in two cars (2013 Lexus and 2014 Lexus) worked perfectly before the 8.2 and 8.3 updates. My Artists (or perhaps I should say Album Artists) were listed alphabetically in both the iPod and the car stereo – Al Kooper, Bonnie Raitt, Carol King, Chopin, Darkest Classical, Dave Brubeck, etc., . . . Stephen Stills, etc. It was only after the update that the Artists (ie, Album Artists) got scrambled up. My car stereo behaves as if Group By Album Artist is unchecked. If it is checked, the iPod lists the artists according to my preferred artist listings. However, the car lists the artists in the same way as the iPod if GBAA is unchecked. Obviously, Apple includes hidden and unchangeable metadata with its tunes. In some cases, it makes absolutely no sense. Thus, any classical collections are no longer listed as one artist (or album artist), which I have renamed as Chopin or Darkest Classical. I now see 30 or more artists, such as the name of the performing orchestra or the conductor, even though none of this info is in the Get Info details or sorting and cannot be changed. Thus, while I have renamed my Buffalo Springfield Artist and Album Artist as Stephen Stills so it is grouped with my other Stephen Stills, iTunes has mysteriously renamed and sorted it as Buffalo Springfield, even though this name appears nowhere in the Get Info details. I noticed this problem initially with some Simon and Garfunkel tunes. One tune got lost. I later found it listed as Paul Simon because it was from a Paul Simon album. My renaming of Artist and Album Artist to Simon & Garfunkel was ignored in favor of iTunes re-categorization as Paul Simon, even though that info is not in the Get Info details or sorting.
    More recently, I noticed my extensive collection of Bonnie Raitt tunes was nowhere to be found. In carefully scrolling through my car stereo, I noticed all my Bonnie Raitt tunes were now listed under a mystery artist named Maria Muldaur and Bonnie Raitt. First, I don’t have any albums with this artist. I did download one tune from a Maria Muldaur album and that one tune lists Maria Muldaur and Bonnie Raitt as the artist. But why should that one tune suddenly recategorize all my Bonnie Raitt tunes under Maria Muldaur and Bonnie Raitt.
    I’ve been working extensively with Apple Support who has made me run all sorts of tests, including a full iPod restore without connecting to iCloud or iTunes. So far nothing works. When I did this test, I only synced three artists, Beth Hart, Gene Harris and Simon & Garfunkel. I ended up with the following artists (with GBAA unchecked): Beth Hart, Beth Hart (w/ Joe Bonamassa), Gene Harris (w/ Anita O’Day), Gene Harris (Blue Monk), Gene Harris, Simon & Garfunkel (Paul Simon) and Simon & Garfunkel. Because the iPod kept relentlessly insisting I sign in to iTunes, I did, and this resulted in a reordering of the artists to: Gene Harris (Anita O’Day), Beth Hart (Beth), Gene Harris (Gene), Beth Hart (Joe Bonamassa), Simon & Garfunkel (Paul Simon), Simon & Garfunkel (S&G), Gene Harris (Blue Monk compilation – not sure why end of alphabet). Talk about screwed up.
    Finally, I have 7 songs from Steve Winwood’s Revolutions album, basically a Greatest Hits album. With GBAA unchecked and in my car stereo (even w/ GBAA checked), I see 3 separate artists: Blind Faith, Spencer Davis and Traffic. The system completely ignores my renaming of Artist and Album Artist to Steve Winwood.
    At this point, I can no longer use the iPod in my cars because it is impossible to find any particular artist and have that artist play all the songs from that artist. I’ve had to delete classical collections, eg, my Darkest Classical was an album of 50 dark classical pieces from various composers (Bach, Chopin, Liszt, etc.) performed by various orchestras, conductors, artists. This collection now shows up as 35+ artists scattered throughout the alphabet.
    If there is a way to escalate this problem at Apple, please advise.

    • SO frustrating. I just came across you post while searching on how to resolve this issue. I have a bunch of music by Paloma Faith and bought one song with her and Ray Davies and now all of the music is under Ray Davies and Paloma Faith. I have tried everything that I know how to do and am so frustrated. As you said, this information is nowhere to be found in my tags.

    • I recently downloaded the 9.1 update to both ipods and was pleasantly surprised to find that my artist listings now appear correctly in both automobile music systems.

  21. Kirk, you say you’ve reported this bug to Apple. Is there a way for us consumers to formally report problems such as this?

    • No, you have to have a developer account to report bugs. They are running public betas of iOS 9 and OS X 10.11, and, with those, you can report bugs. But not for shipping software.

  22. Kirk, you say you’ve reported this bug to Apple. Is there a way for us consumers to formally report problems such as this?

    • No, you have to have a developer account to report bugs. They are running public betas of iOS 9 and OS X 10.11, and, with those, you can report bugs. But not for shipping software.

  23. I upgraded to the newest ipod touch 8.3 and I am thoroughly disgusted with the whole thing. The itunes iMatch is completely useless and unworkable. I hope Apple figures this out. Until then I am done.

  24. I upgraded to the newest ipod touch 8.3 and I am thoroughly disgusted with the whole thing. The itunes iMatch is completely useless and unworkable. I hope Apple figures this out. Until then I am done.

  25. my entire 18000 song collection on my iphone 6 with iTunes Match is botched. This is a recent development. Artists listed multiple times, compilations not appearing properly, single songs in albums separated from the rest of the album. On the iMac with iTunes, everything still appears correctly but something very strange is happening on the ios side. I’m officially done. iTunes Match has always been a headache but this is aburd.

  26. my entire 18000 song collection on my iphone 6 with iTunes Match is botched. This is a recent development. Artists listed multiple times, compilations not appearing properly, single songs in albums separated from the rest of the album. On the iMac with iTunes, everything still appears correctly but something very strange is happening on the ios side. I’m officially done. iTunes Match has always been a headache but this is aburd.

  27. I just started having this issue last night. Everything on my MacBook still looks right but when I select “Show All Music” from iTunes Match on my iPhone 6 everything is screwy!!! I even used my wife’s MacBook to test iTunes Match and everything looks fine. This problem has to be with iOS. It has even been moving some of my songs to different artists. For example Faust’s “It’s a Bit of a Pain” is now a Flaming Lips song.

    • I am really liking the Younity app as an alternative to the “bag of hurt” iTunes Match has ALWAYS been. The elegance of the approach is reminiscent of what Cupertino used to develop. It is what being mobile with your library should have always been.

  28. I just started having this issue last night. Everything on my MacBook still looks right but when I select “Show All Music” from iTunes Match on my iPhone 6 everything is screwy!!! I even used my wife’s MacBook to test iTunes Match and everything looks fine. This problem has to be with iOS. It has even been moving some of my songs to different artists. For example Faust’s “It’s a Bit of a Pain” is now a Flaming Lips song.

    • I am really liking the Younity app as an alternative to the “bag of hurt” iTunes Match has ALWAYS been. The elegance of the approach is reminiscent of what Cupertino used to develop. It is what being mobile with your library should have always been.

  29. I just installed the latest iOS. The new version of the music app, while annoying me by changing the interface and apparently removing the ability to customize the bar at the bottom, appears to at least have solved the issue. All of my problem tracks now appear as the correct artist again.

    • When I view a playlist of several Linda Ronstadt albums in the new Music app, some of the artwork is wrong. These albums all have embedded artwork.

  30. I just installed the latest iOS. The new version of the music app, while annoying me by changing the interface and apparently removing the ability to customize the bar at the bottom, appears to at least have solved the issue. All of my problem tracks now appear as the correct artist again.

    • When I view a playlist of several Linda Ronstadt albums in the new Music app, some of the artwork is wrong. These albums all have embedded artwork.

  31. In iOS 8.4 Apple seems to have replaced all my embedded album art on the music files I’ve loaded onto I’ve added to my iPad with their own iTunes album art. The album art they decided to put in place of my album art is pretty awful resolution and in many cases incorrect. I’m curious to know if other people are seeing the same results.

      • I did not sign up for the new Music app but just updated to 8.4. It completely messed up my iPad, removing the artwork on ripped CDs and re-sorting. It even put a picture of the Jonas brothers on one album where believe me they were far from wanted. Why don’t they put a picture of Hitler on my Beatles albums? I would be less offended.

  32. In iOS 8.4 Apple seems to have replaced all my embedded album art on the music files I’ve loaded onto I’ve added to my iPad with their own iTunes album art. The album art they decided to put in place of my album art is pretty awful resolution and in many cases incorrect. I’m curious to know if other people are seeing the same results.

      • I did not sign up for the new Music app but just updated to 8.4. It completely messed up my iPad, removing the artwork on ripped CDs and re-sorting. It even put a picture of the Jonas brothers on one album where believe me they were far from wanted. Why don’t they put a picture of Hitler on my Beatles albums? I would be less offended.

  33. Most of my album artwork is now completely wrong on my iPad after updating to iOS 8.4 and signing up for the 3 month trial. The artwork in iTunes 12.2 seems to be unaffected. I’ve just installed 8.4 on my iPhone and am in the process of reinstalling all the music (which I had to remove to make room for the update!). I turned off everything in Settings > Music, so fingers crossed!!!

      • iPhone update complete. I deleted all the music from the device, updated to iOS 8.4, went to settings > music and turned everything to off. I connected the iPhone to iTunes and re-synced all the music. And, touch wood, all the album artwork is correct! I’ve returned to settings and turned Show Apple Music on, but left Genius and iCloud Music Library off. I haven’t subscribed to iTunes Match, so that is also off.
        This suggests that the iCloud Music Library setting is allowing artwork from iTunes to override our own artwork (I’m very OCD about my album artwork, which is all accurate and sized to 12cm x 12cm!!!). I’ll try wiping the music from my iPad later, and reinstalling it to see if that works.

  34. Most of my album artwork is now completely wrong on my iPad after updating to iOS 8.4 and signing up for the 3 month trial. The artwork in iTunes 12.2 seems to be unaffected. I’ve just installed 8.4 on my iPhone and am in the process of reinstalling all the music (which I had to remove to make room for the update!). I turned off everything in Settings > Music, so fingers crossed!!!

      • iPhone update complete. I deleted all the music from the device, updated to iOS 8.4, went to settings > music and turned everything to off. I connected the iPhone to iTunes and re-synced all the music. And, touch wood, all the album artwork is correct! I’ve returned to settings and turned Show Apple Music on, but left Genius and iCloud Music Library off. I haven’t subscribed to iTunes Match, so that is also off.
        This suggests that the iCloud Music Library setting is allowing artwork from iTunes to override our own artwork (I’m very OCD about my album artwork, which is all accurate and sized to 12cm x 12cm!!!). I’ll try wiping the music from my iPad later, and reinstalling it to see if that works.

  35. That is very annoying, but I wish my problems were as wrong as yours. I am having enormous problems with scrambled metadata… the entirely wrong artist, album, song. I can’t get it to fix and have spent hours on phone with Apple Tech support. They are puzzled too.

  36. That is very annoying, but I wish my problems were as wrong as yours. I am having enormous problems with scrambled metadata… the entirely wrong artist, album, song. I can’t get it to fix and have spent hours on phone with Apple Tech support. They are puzzled too.

  37. Thank you for this post. I just down loaded the new IOS (March 2016) with the completely new music app they were bragging about.

    Doesn’t seem like they fixed the business of changing meta tags to the wrong things problem, however.

    I have never done cloud music and only have a handful of recordings I made of guided meditations I made for myself. I put in the meta data when I recorded them listing myself as artist.

    When I installed the new iOS, it changed the artist on two of my meditations to two “artists” I never heard of before but not the rest. I have no idea how or why they did this or how to fix it. It’s just bizarre.

    The User Interface is different but still poorly designed. Too hard to find what you want, to many clicks to get it playing and controls that are so tiny, it’s hard to get them to work. No manual. I use Picky. But it picked up the meta info from Apple, so the wrong artist problem is following me around.

  38. Thank you for this post. I just down loaded the new IOS (March 2016) with the completely new music app they were bragging about.

    Doesn’t seem like they fixed the business of changing meta tags to the wrong things problem, however.

    I have never done cloud music and only have a handful of recordings I made of guided meditations I made for myself. I put in the meta data when I recorded them listing myself as artist.

    When I installed the new iOS, it changed the artist on two of my meditations to two “artists” I never heard of before but not the rest. I have no idea how or why they did this or how to fix it. It’s just bizarre.

    The User Interface is different but still poorly designed. Too hard to find what you want, to many clicks to get it playing and controls that are so tiny, it’s hard to get them to work. No manual. I use Picky. But it picked up the meta info from Apple, so the wrong artist problem is following me around.

  39. This is late to the party. iTunes is using the metadata that is embedded in the file itself. You can’t change that with iTunes. Get a metadata editor, such as MetaZ (free) and set things the way you like them. In some cases, you can edit the metadata in the file in place in the library, and iTunes reflects the change.

  40. This is late to the party. iTunes is using the metadata that is embedded in the file itself. You can’t change that with iTunes. Get a metadata editor, such as MetaZ (free) and set things the way you like them. In some cases, you can edit the metadata in the file in place in the library, and iTunes reflects the change.

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