Music is either the greatest thing to happen to music listeners since the original iPod and iTunes, or it’s the mass media device the gods will use to destroy mankind by first making us all mad. As in Jim Dalrymple mad. The kind of mad that sends certified Apple apologists running for the hills in despair.
After reading too many nightmarish stories about how Apple Music corrupted iTunes libraries ad nauseam, I decided to venture into music myself, but take a few precautions along the way. Your mileage may vary, of course, but this effort could not have been much easier because it’s based upon a few simple premises.
First, my iTunes music library, all 17,000 or so songs, most from purchased CDs, many from the iTunes Store, and a few leftover from the days of Napster, is valuable to me, so a backup was in order. Twice. Two separate locations. One on my Mac and one on an external backup disk.
That was easy.
Second, I determined that it was unlikely that Apple Music would not have some of my favorite songs or albums. How many songs out of 30-million or so would be missing from Apple Music that are in my iTunes music library? There might be a few, but I haven’t found them yet.
So far, so good, right?
Alright, with my iTunes music library secured, and knowing that $14.99 a month for all the songs a couple can eat is a good deal, I started with a fresh, clean, and blank iTunes when I subscribed to Apple Music’s free trial. Mac, iPhone, iPad.
Apple Music is easy to setup and use and it ‘just works.’ I’m not worried about it corrupting my well manicured iTunes music library because that is safely tucked away in storage. Adding music to a playlist on the iPhone or iPad is easy enough so I started out to recreate some of the playlists from my iTunes music library (remember, I started from blank); music streams, and songs can be downloaded to each device to play offline.
The Mac is a different story because there’s no dedicated Music app and if there’s a way to create a playlist from Apple Music to be shared to or from the Mac I haven’t found it yet, but it doesn’t matter. We seldom use the Mac for music listening, opting instead for the iPhone and iPad experience, which is where Apple Music excels. Keeping our personal iTunes music library in mothballs and segregated from Apple Music insures that no corruption will take place.
As of now, less than a week after reading many of Apple’s customers complain about issues with Apple Music, our experience has been mostly positive. Some of the recommendations are odd but that’s to be expected. Other than a blackout last week where no music could be downloaded for a few hours, Music just works.
If all goes well we’ll have listened to all 30-million songs in iTunes sometime in the next 175 years or so (listening in shifts, of course).