I Just Want Apple Music Off My Devices

via John Gruber. Jim Dalrymple:

As if all of that wasn’t enough, Apple Music gave me one more kick in the head. Over the weekend, I turned off Apple Music and it took large chunks of my purchased music with it. Sadly, many of the songs were added from CDs years ago that I no longer have access to. Looking at my old iTunes Match library, before Apple Music, I’m missing about 4,700 songs. At this point, I just don’t care anymore, I just want Apple Music off my devices.

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.

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.

The latest way to listen to music is to have a computer (smartphone, tablet, laptop, desktop), a music app, and stream your music. Some streaming services have ads and you pay a monthly fee to get rid of them. Others limit some capabilities and you pay to restore them. When you listen to music this way you’re paying for the experience of listening to music, unlimited music yes, but you own nothing.

Like Dalrymple I have music ripped from CDs. Lots of them. When I first signed up for Apple’s Music Match service about a year ago, I thought it was a great idea. Then I found Google Play Music that did the same thing, for free. Google Play Music lets me stream my own music on my desktop, laptop, or smartphone. I seldom stream music I don’t own, because I like listening to the music I’ve collected over the years. Makes sense: we collect what we like. If for some reason I trusted Apple with all of my music — I never did, and I now know I should never — deleted those off of my drives thinking my music is safe with Apple, and then Apple wiped thousands of them (probably because of some dude’s programming error), I would be furious.

My trust in Apple continues to erode. (My 2009 MacBook Pro started acting erratically the moment I upgraded to OS X 10.10 Yosemite; despite many patches and fixes it still hangs whenever it wants. It is hot and the fans spin furiously; the only way to shut it up is to long press the power button. The cheaper and older white MacBook, white iMac, and Mac mini work just fine; I will not upgrade them to Yosemite though.) Another thing I won’t try: Apple Music.