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Good-Bye, Apple iMusic
Old 05-04-2018, 02:05 PM   #1
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Good-Bye, Apple iMusic

I subscribed to Apple's iMusic ( All The Music in the World!!!) about 2 1/2 years ago.

I had mixed feelings about it. One thing that annoyed me a lot was how after I'd downloaded songs to my iPhone or MacBook, after a while they'd be no longer downloaded. And I'd have to it again.

So, I'd be traveling along the old open highway, listening to my chosen playlist, and some songs, or entire albums would be gone.

Another thing that I find irritating is how they move feature buttons around, so that they are no longer where they used to be. I grow weary of having to find a tutorial on YouTube to relearn some feature I'd already been comfortable with.

A few days ago the app just completely disappeared from my phone. Gone. When I got it back ALL of the music was gone.

Ok, enough is enough. I can find enough things in life to pi$$ me off without paying $10 a month for a new supply of irritation.

Subscription cancelled. See Ya!
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Old 05-04-2018, 02:16 PM   #2
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...I can find enough things in life to pi$$ me off without paying $10 a month for a new supply of irritation.

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Interface change in apps, too often for little more than the sake of change, is one of my peeves. Perhaps others learn differently but I find I remember operation by location, click the thingie at the top then the one at the right, and done. When the UI changes it takes me time to unlearn the old approach.
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Old 05-04-2018, 03:46 PM   #4
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Bummer. Iíve never had any major issues. In fact, I enjoy Apple Music more than I thought I would.

[full disclosure, Iím a long time Apple fan]
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They don't say "The tyranny of Apple" for nothing.

I dumped them years ago. Tired of their crap. Went to Google Play.
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I used to trade CD's with friends and ripped mp3's (at a high bit rate) to my computer. I now have 4000+ songs that I play on my computer through the home stereo speakers, and have also loaded on a flash drive that plays in my car.

If I want to change it up, I'll put on one of the music channels that my cable provider offers.
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Bummer. Iíve never had any major issues. In fact, I enjoy Apple Music more than I thought I would.

[full disclosure, Iím a long time Apple fan]
I'm an Apple fanboy too, but Spotify blows Apple Music away.
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Old 05-04-2018, 05:00 PM   #8
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Wow - timely thread. I joined Apple Music 2 days ago - trial membership.
I found the startup time consuming. Pick your genre, then favorite bands. then I was given a group of songs from which to choose to download. But not many of the download choices were from my favorite bands. So I downloaded quite a few and listened for a while.

But I have to believe that something will happen to erase all of those songs when the trial period is over.
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Old 05-04-2018, 05:12 PM   #9
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I'm done with storing music on any Apple on-line platform. I've had iTunes flush whole libraries that I created from CDs I own plus individual songs I bought on iTunes. From some of the tech blogs I've read, this happens. People have even uploaded original music they created and lost it.

I do have an ancient iPod nano with all my favorite songs that I never sync with iTunes. All the music I ripped from CDs as well as some I bought are also backed up on a removable hard drive. Someday I'll find another home for them.
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I'm an Apple fanboy too, but Spotify blows Apple Music away.

Glad you mentioned that. How do I learn more about Spotify?
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I used to trade CD's with friends and ripped mp3's (at a high bit rate) to my computer. I now have 4000+ songs that I play on my computer through the home stereo speakers, and have also loaded on a flash drive that plays in my car.
If you have songs from friends CD’s you don’t own, isn’t that stealing in the eyes of the law?

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If you have songs from friends CDís you donít own, isnít that stealing in the eyes of the law?

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Yes, it is.

I went the opposite way. I have all my CD's ripped to flac format for a digital lossless copy of my CD library. In addition, i have uploaded these to google music and Apple iTunes. For a year or two I had a premium subscription to Spottily but about six months ago decided to just use Apple music unlimited (family plan) which I stream/download to my phone, iPad, and to three Apple TV devices in the home.

As an aside, I got the latest Apple TV 4k unit for 'free' as part of the Direct TV Now 3-month bundle. I was getting the bundle anyway for the hockey playoffs. The device is wonderful and is way way better than the older Apple TV units or my Hulu's or my other devices (e.g. laptop's and iPad's) in terms of streaming Direct TV now and HBO without stoppage, lags, or other issues. The difference is interesting to me from a technical perspective - not sure if it is a matter of buffering or how they do compression or edge servers or whatever - just that it is better.
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Glad you mentioned that. How do I learn more about Spotify?
Here is their website. Of course, they have both Apple and Android apps.

They have a free version, but it has commercials and may have other limitations. I have been on the premium tier for over a year now and love it.
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We have a family Apple Music membership. 6 people for $14.99.

I use playlists and only download if I know I will be offline. When the kids fly the nest I can see trying something else.

The days of buying tracks, CDs, ripping mp3s, storing hundreds of GB of files. Long gone. I won't miss them.

Spotify and Amazon Music are other options.
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I actually subscribed with the idea of downloading to my phone. I bought a phone with 64MB of memory so I could store a lot of music. A lot of what I downloaded from iMusic, I had already owned on iTunes. So I am particularly galled when I find that although I have jumped through the hoop once of downloading it, now, it is no longer on my phone. Not to mention that now, ALL of my music has disappeared.
I suppose Apple would say, "well, it's not really 'your' music"...or it's just a glitch, I don't know, but I've "HadEnuff"...
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Since mainstream music is not my genre- i listen to Internet radio - it is free, but i usually send them some $ to help them keep it advertisement free. SOMA FM is my favorite- they have lots of normal and far out genres- I love Drone Zone - which is sort of new age minimilist - and they have one that uses NASA space mission transmissions put to music! Try it out- search for soma fm.
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I forgot to mention Soma has a channel called LUSH- mostly female vocals- really good also
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Thanks to this thread, I went back to Apple Music out of curiosity to see what I had there. Hadn't visited in years.

To my surprise I had over 400 songs there, most of them purchased! That's maybe $500 that I spent on songs that I "had to have" but never listened to for more than maybe a few times.

Elton John commented once that "songs today are disposable" (or something like that)...use it one or two times then throw it away.

I'm now a big Pandora fan and all those songs that I "had to have" are but a memory; and lets not get into the 300 Cassettes I recently threw out or the 500 CDs sitting idly in my player.

To be fair, I spent half my life on airplanes during my work days so I needed a good playlist for those 18 hour flights to Asia. But now....
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I'm an Apple fanboy too, but Spotify blows Apple Music away.
Yep. Moved from Pandora to Spotify (free version) about 4 years ago. Great music-a few commercials (actually less than FM radio, IMHO). Classic Rock type guy, and about 99% of what I want, even many early 70's "underground" type groups, are represented.
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I'm now a big Pandora fan and all those songs that I "had to have" are but a memory; and lets not get into the 300 Cassettes I recently threw out or the 500 CDs sitting idly in my player.
I moved to Spotify because I wanted to choose my old favorites: not have Pandora choose music I might like. Completely free, custom playlists.
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