Or: How Apple Got Its Groove Back
A while back I wrote off Apple Music as “buggier than a buggy thing in the land of insects” and gave up on it (and Apple) due to the sheer frustration of the thing (along with the bricked iPad Pro that stayed bricked until I spent £50 getting the blasted thing replaced at the nearest Apple Store in London).
Anyway, four months later I was curious to know if Apple finally got their act together after hearing that they were making substantial improvements to Apple Music in iOS 10. Well, it turns out they have. I think in part this is due to not having iTunes Match enabled. iTunes Match allowed you to upload your music library to Apple’s servers and listen to your music on any device supporting iTunes. Then Apple Music came along and mucked it up on a scale I can’t describe as it involves a large number of expletives in a row.
Without iTunes Match enabled, Apple Music actually works as intended. I can listen to my complete music library from my Windows 10 PC, my work Mac and my (soon to be retired) Android phone running Apple Music – downloading tracks to the other devices for offline listening, if necessary.
There have been relatively few problems – the only big one has been with the release of iOS 10 in which Apple’s servers were under siege from everybody downloading the latest versions of iTunes (which provides a beautiful new and much-improved user interface) and iOS. But now that everything’s calmed down again, Apple Music is a pleasure to use. I’ve terminated my Spotify subscription and have gone back to Apple Music full time.