Some Have Ditched Apple Music, Some Are Happy With It

Yesterday, I linked to an article by Jim Dalrymple, of The Loop, explaining why he’s ditching Apple Music. I understand Jim’s problems, and had some of the some ones. (To hear more about Jim’s issues, listen to the latest episode of The Committed podcast, where Jim joined Ian Schray, Rob Griffiths, and I, to discuss Apple Music.)

But not everyone is unhappy; even over at The Loop. Dave Mark published an article today, explaining why he’s not done with Apple Music. Dave likes it, and explains why. However, he points out some of the many incoherences between using Apple Music on an iOS device and with iTunes on a Mac.

But Dave gets one thing wrong. He says:

On my iOS device, things are clear cut. There’s the iTunes Store app for buying music and the Apple Music app for streaming.

And then he says:

There’s no way to buy a song you find in Apple Music and (much more importantly for me) no way for me to find a song from the front page of the iTunes Store in Apple Music.

You can tap or click the … button to choose Show in iTunes Store, either in iOS or in iTunes. However – and this, to me, is a big however – it doesn’t work in the other direction. If you find something in the iTunes Store, you can’t get to it in Apple Music; Apple wants you to buy it, not stream it.

No matter, I understand those who like Apple Music. I’m using it myself, though I’m not allowing it to infect may main iTunes library. I find it interesting to see the differing opinions about Apple Music, but also to see how many people have been burned by turning on iCloud Music Library. Apple made a huge mistake in the way they implemented iCloud Music Library, and it’s turning a lot of people off of Apple Music. You can use Apple Music without turning on iCloud Music Library, though you won’t benefit from all its features. But you shouldn’t have to worry about your library getting corrupted.