This is clearly the best alternative for consumers, and Apple would embrace it in a heartbeat.”Now, we have Apple Music.
Added in the 12.2 release, the Apple Music story thus far has been a series of horror stories for the music collector: tracks mismatched or replaced, tags munged and deleted, and in one case a user reporting six million copies of a Lorde song had been copied to his library.
The most chilling development, however, came with the revelation that Apple Music could replace your local library with DRM versions of songs you’d already purchased.
I built a larger and larger music collection, started working as a DJ professionally, and saved the playlist from every gig in i Tunes.
Now I have a maxxed-out Mac Book Pro, and even when i Tunes pinwheeled the second time I opened it I took a deep breath and persevered.
The i Cloud Music Service allows me to upload my library and have my tracks ‘matched’ with their Apple Music equivalents.
In the event a match cannot be found, Apple Music will upload my local track.
The clear standout is Swinsian, a word I have become far more used to typing and saying aloud in the last week.
Swinsian looks and feels like what i Tunes would be if it had stuck to being a music player and library manager.
When you first import your i Tunes library Swinsian doesn’t move anything, so your Swinsian library references the files in your i Tunes Media directory.
This is the time when you should play around with the app a bit and see how you like it.
The second conclusion is far more dire: I don’t trust Apple with my music anymore. I could carry every record I owned in a box that weighed less than seven pounds.