One day maybe I will wake up and decide music streaming is for me. But it hasn’t happened yet and based on stories like Jim Dalrymple’s, it isn’t going to happen soon either:
I trusted my data to Apple and they failed. I also failed by not backing up my library before installing Apple Music. I will not make either of those mistakes again.
The end result?
I’m going to listen to what’s left of my music library, and try to figure out all of the songs I have to buy again. I’ll also download Spotify and reactivate the account I cancelled with them a couple of weeks ago.
Yikes. I almost jumped in with Apple Music a few times, but I have resisted. I have good backups, but it just seemed that anyone who had a substantial music library (say over the 25,000 song limit of the old iTunes Match) like I do and like I bet Jim does was going to be in for some pain.
I’m okay sticking with my same old-fashioned MP3s and AACs if it means keeping inside my bandwidth budget, not losing thousands of songs, and keeping all the metadata I’ve meticulously crafted like a good little nerd over the past decade and a half of listening to music on Apple’s devices.
UPDATE 2015-07-26 In a post hilariously titled, “Don’t order the fish” Marco Arment really gets to the sole of the matter:
Even Jim’s follow-up piece, after meeting privately with Apple in PR-damage-control mode, is confusing at best about what actually might have happened, which is completely understandable because it sounds like even Apple isn’t sure.
The safest, most sensible course of action for users is to just keep their music libraries away from iTunes Match and Apple Music. We’ll all just know not to order that fish, and many of us won’t use Apple Music at all because its integration into our local libraries feels too unsafe.