Re-setting iCloud Music Library?

Discussion in 'Apple Music, Apple Pay, iCloud, Apple Services' started by msvadi, Jul 3, 2015.

  1. msvadi macrumors 6502

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    Is there a way to reset my iCloud Music Library. After upgrading iTunes, iCloud Music Library was turned on by default, and iTunes started uploading everything from my 300GB library. I stopped this process in the middle by turning the option off, but there is still too much stuff in the iCloud I don't listen to anymore or it belongs to my family members (we use the some iTunes library for everybody).
     
  2. mikelj, Jul 3, 2015
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    I've gone from a single library for the family to individual ones. On a Mac, just delete the music you no longer want (first delete removes it from the Mac, second delete removes it from the cloud - you should see warning statements). On an iOS device, it appears selecting 'Remove from My Music' removes it from the cloud.

    Edit: For some content, I found the only option was to 'Delete' which threw up an warning about deleting purchase information. How terminal that action is, I don't know, but I wasn't too worried as in my case, the content existed in other family members libraries.
     
  3. msvadi thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Sorry, but I want to keep it on my Mac!
     
  4. mikelj macrumors member

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    Then the only way would be to select the option to view only the content on the device, in a similar manner as with iTunes Match.
     
  5. msvadi thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I see. Thanks. This is completely messed up. Looks like somebody at Apple hates music.
     
  6. mikelj macrumors member

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    Well, as I said, it's exactly the same as with iTunes Match. Prior to yesterday, our family has a single, shared iTunes library with an iTunes Match subscription. The only option with this setup is to either display all the cloud library or just downloaded content on a device.

    Tbh, Music is really set up around an individual and their tastes; to get the best out of it really does require individual iTunes libraries (i.e. My Music).
     
  7. msvadi thread starter macrumors 6502

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    This assumes that there are multiple computers in the household. In my case, all iPhones and iPods have been synced to one and the same Mac. At the same time, my kids do listen to music and have plenty of music files in the library. I did not see a point of setting up separate iTunes libraries for each child. Especially since our tastes in music overlap (but not perfectly). Also, an iPhone/iPod can be synced with only one device, so it made sense to maintain just one common iTunes library for all our music.
     
  8. mikelj macrumors member

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    I understand your usage, my family's set-up was similar; it just that it's different to Apple's vision of Music which explains why it doesn't quite offer the options you require.

    You could always set-up Family Sharing, which would require all your family members to have a unique iTunes account.

    This is how I've now implement our iTunes. Although there is one shared family Mac (ok, I have my own too), we all have our own user accounts, which enables individual iCloud syncing of Contacts, Pages document, etc. plus our own iTunes libraries (I simply imported the desired music from the 'old' shared iTunes library into each individual's account). You can set up Family Sharing so that each family member can share their purchases, plus it has the advantage of not having to 'see' music/apps, etc that you're not interested in. Plus you can enable 'purchase request' for your children's accounts, which is quite nifty.
     
  9. msvadi thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks for your detailed response. But it seems that Apple's vision of how we should listen to music does not align very well with my tastes and needs. As I was explaining in another thread, with iCloud Music enabled I can't even sync Apple Lossless files in my iTunes library with my iPhone because they have been matched with low quality files on the cloud. I've beed dissatisfied with many features of iTunes and the Music app for quite a long time since Apple has started actively impose its vision on us. The latest drastic changes is the last straw. It would be much easier for me to stop using Apple Music altogether rather than continue to adjust to Apple's vision. I have spent lots of efforts, money and time building and customizing my music library. I'm not going to throw it all away for the generic experience that comes with Apple's vision.
     
  10. edvj macrumors member

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    This is how I did it,in My Music on your iDevice -> select Genres ,and then just remove/delete everything.This way let you keep it on your Mac.
     
  11. mikelj macrumors member

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    In that respect iCloud Music is the same as iTunes Match; neither let you sync lossless music via the cloud, it must be done the old fashioned way via your Mac/PC.

    Apple Music will never match your needs just as purchasing 256kbps music from iTunes never will. Simply not enabling My Music nor iCloud Music will mean you carry on pretty much as before with the old iTunes app (admittedly with rather a different UI).
     
  12. msvadi thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks, switching to Genres is a cool idea. But for most items it only shows the option of removing from My Music, which does not actually delete from iCloud Music. Only occasionally I see the Delete option. How do you get Delete if only "Remove from My Music" is shown?
     
  13. mikelj macrumors member

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    Removing from My Music appears to remove it from all devices (although I've observed OS X Music will indicate that it's been removed) - which makes sense as the cloud library is supposed to sync across all devices. I've not figured out why sometimes the option is Remove ... and sometimes it's delete, but both options appear to have the same result.
     
  14. RogerEast macrumors regular

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    If you want a fresh iCloud Music Library: Backup your music, create a new iTunes library, switch on iCloud Music Library, delete everything it pushes to your iTunes from the cloud, then add whatever music you want sending to your new iCloud Music Library. Did the trick for me and fixed my Apple Music issues in the process.
     

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