Music streaming is a steaming pile of..

.. nonsense.

Apple Music is now seriously beginning to get on my .. feathery friends.  Not everything is its fault, but plenty of it is.  You see, the biggest problem with music streaming is in the licensing of tracks and albums.  Once a license runs out, the tracks are removed without any notice to you, the subscriber.

None of the services I know of (Spotify, Tidal, Apple Music, Google Play Music, etc.) provide any warning or expiry date as to when tracks or albums will be removed.  They just vanish!

But perhaps what’s worse (I’m typing this on an iPad Pro with no easy access to the image concerned, but that’ll come a bit later – thanks, Apple, so much for “PC replacement”!) is that Apple Music will offer albums, but many are incomplete.  Take the case of the soundtrack to the new film, Florence Foster Jenkins (music by the wonderful Alexandre Desplat).  Only ONE track from the album is available on Apple Music.  Add the album to your collection, that one track is there sticking out like a sore thumb.

ONE track available out of an entire album.  This was the straw that broke this camel's back.
ONE track available out of an entire album. This was the straw that broke this camel’s back.

Also take the Deadpool album.  It too is on Apple Music, but one of the iconic themes is not available on that album, but it is available on another.  Apple Music makes absolutely no effort to link to the same tracks available elsewhere within its catalogue.  Spotify has no problem with this.

I’ll have to reconsider my options towards the end of this month.  Not sure I can justify £9.99 a month to a service which is still just too buggy, still too incomplete to be a non-beta service.

Update: Cancelled iTunes Match and Apple Music.  Gone back to Spotify, and I’m using STAMP Premium to convert my Apple Music playlists to Spotify.  Apple need to give their developers a big kick up the arse.  There has been so little improvement to how the catalogue operates, and when you’re still encountering server errors, this is completely unacceptable.