Caution! Look before upgrading your library to iTunes Plus!

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by uicandrew, Jan 6, 2009.

  1. uicandrew macrumors 6502a

    Jan 19, 2006
    I'm surprised no one posted this yet, but before you do a "batch" upgrade to iTunes Plus, look at what you are getting, specifically regarding "clean" vs "explicit" tracks. They are trying to sell you a "clean" version if the "explicit" version doesn't exist!

    I am a huge hip hop/r&b/rap fan.

    As a matter of "respect" to the original artist. I never buy "clean" music. I buy it the way the artist originally intended on expressing himself/herself.

    I noticed in my iTunes Plus upgrade list that there were 3 "clean" tracks," which surprised me because I NEVER buy clean tracks.

    They were Jay Z's "Dirt off your shoulder" and Jeezy's "and then what" and another one.

    I originally bought the explicit versions, and they want to charge me 30 cents to "downgrade" to the clean version, a different song! (i view it as "different lyrics means different song")

    To be fair, those songs do not have an iTunes plus version yet. the only itunes plus version was the clean version

    I have emailed itunes specifically regarding this issue, asking if I can get a refund for the songs that are not the same.

    I haven't upgraded yet, because if I wait long enough, every track will be DRM-free and the issue will be a moot point.

    However, the longer I wait, there is the possibility that there are some tracks or videos that will no longer be available. (case in point - I bought the SNL skit "Colonel Angus" as soon as it became available. It is no longer in the store)
  2. BG-Mac macrumors 6502

    Jul 31, 2007
    Post back when you get a response from Apple. This is what is keeping me from doing a "batch" upgrade as well. Rather annoying.
  3. blueglide macrumors member


    Sep 13, 2008
    My explicit lyrics made it through the upgrades.
  4. uicandrew thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jan 19, 2006
    I'm specifically talking about original "explicit" tracks that do not have an "explicit" iTunes plus version, so they upgraded you to the "clean" version.

    is any of your plus tracks "clean" where it originally was "explicit"?

    also, upgrading now precludes you from upgrading it when ALL the songs are made plus.
  5. Marlon_JBT macrumors 6502

    Sep 22, 2003
    Detroit, Michigan
  6. SpaceMagic macrumors 68000


    Oct 26, 2003
    Cardiff, Wales
    annoying that it's a batch upgrade too! i only want to upgrade my classical stuff where quality matters to me.
  7. HiRez macrumors 603


    Jan 6, 2004
    Western US
    I wish I read about this earlier because it just happened to me :( That's seriously just WRONG. A "clean" version of the song is NOT the same song! Shame on you, Apple.

    EDIT: I should note that some of the "eplicit" songs did get upgrade as explicit, but some got swapped for clean versions. Maybe they could offer this as an OPT-IN option, but they should warn you and it shouldn't be done by default.
  8. RTW macrumors newbie

    Nov 23, 2008
    Whine whine whine. This is not that big a deal. E-mail Apple's customer service and they'll give you song credits for the tracks.

    If the new versions are submitted by the labels as replacements for the old versions, that's what you're going to get. There's no intervention on the part of Apple.

    Make a note that you should never purchase anything *blindly*, and move on.
  9. yOGi420™ macrumors member


    Feb 5, 2009
    Central Cali
    I don't DL from iTunes.... Buy The original or DL the torrent or a direct DL file... That is the easiest way to get what you are looking for.

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