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alexgilder

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Jul 25, 2015
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I'm a latecomer to Apple Music and left my MacBook on overnight setting up iCloud Music Library. Now I have what looks like a big mess in iTunes.

First off, iTunes is auto-streaming iCloud copies when the original files are on the computer...? Is that not illogical?

Second, I have loads of duplicates... I play an album and every song plays twice. Madness.

Third, there are a lot of different labels next to my tracks and I'm not sure what they mean?
  1. Half my library has no cloud label.
  2. A portion of the library has the cloud with an arrow pointing down ('Download')
  3. About 1/3 of the library has a cloud with the cross in the middle ('Removed from iCloud')
Can someone please explain what exactly has gone on here? Do I really have to view 'Only Downloaded Music' if I don't want to listen to constant duplicates?

The whole process leaves even a seasoned user very much in the dark...
 
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Krayzkat

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Apr 22, 2011
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It's been a shambolic mess for years.

Look forward to some songs you have automatically becoming a different version of what you had ie. live versions becoming the official released version etc...
 
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alexgilder

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Jul 25, 2015
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It's been a shambolic mess for years.

Look forward to some songs you have automatically becoming a different version of what you had ie. live versions becoming the official released version etc...

I just can't wrap my head around it... it also seems that even with 'Only Downloaded Music' ticked a few of my playlists ONLY stream from an internet connection... if I turn off my wifi chunks of songs in those random playlists are greyed out... even though the songs are stored on the hard drive. Seriously who made this?!
 

tonyr6

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Oct 13, 2011
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Apple Music pulled random albums that are still on Spotify and Play Music. I was affected so many albums are messed up. Duplicated of albums with greatest hits mixed in and messed up gray tracks. I still don't understand how Apple Music is even so popular.
 

GermanSuplex

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I still don't understand how Apple Music is even so popular.

If you don't use iTunes, or simply care about hearing a song or making simple playlists, its probably just fine - after all, its on-demand music with a decent library. If you use iTunes and/or spend lots of time creating playlists, utilizing playcounts, etc... its a mess.

I learned this the hard way with iTunes Match. After 7 years, its not any better with iCloud Music Library.
 
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alexgilder

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Jul 25, 2015
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I did actually manage to sort most of my issues out. I managed to get rid of all the duplicates by looking in the 'Show duplicates' section of the library and sorting by iCloud file type. Then I found out once I'd deleted the Apple Music copies and kept my original files half my playlists were gone because it had replaced the songs in them. I took the opportunity to sort out my playlists for the first time in a couple of years.

Then I had it scan my library again, upload the songs that aren't duplicates anymore, and all is working okay.
 

tonyr6

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Oct 13, 2011
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Turing off iCloud, closing iTunes waiting about 30 seconds then opening iTunes and turning back on iCloud will update your library if any songs and albums vanish.
 

Sword86

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If you don't use iTunes, or simply care about hearing a song or making simple playlists, its probably just fine - after all, its on-demand music with a decent library. If you use iTunes and/or spend lots of time creating playlists, utilizing playcounts, etc... its a mess.

I learned this the hard way with iTunes Match. After 7 years, its not any better with iCloud Music Library.

I cannot agree more. I have basically limited all my use regarding AM and iCloud to creating and playing music from playlists. I don’t even want to think about the number of times I have discovered songs that were ripped from my collection of CDs and added to playlists I created that are now grayed out. Apparently Apple has decided they belong to them now and need to be re-downloaded so I can listen to my own music. I’ll throw a jammer if I were to even think about what I’d find if I were to leave AM. Hell, I get a headache just thinking about what I’ll have to go through to fix things. For this very reason I’ve stopped ripping anymore of my discs into iTunes. S
 
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