DEAR MUSICIANS & COMPOSERS: DO *NOT* SIGN UP FOR APPLE MUSIC. IT WILL *DELETE* ALL YOUR PERSONAL MUSIC FILES AND PUT THEM ON APPLE’S SERVERS — YES, EVEN THINGS YOU COMPOSED YOURSELF
The title is an article link that explains what’s going on. Essentially, Apple Music scans your computer for basically ANY sound file, either 1. matches it to a sound file on their cloud or 2. converts it to .mp3 and uploads it to the cloud. It then deletes all the files.
This means that:
1. If you have any in-progress tracks you’re working on in .wav? Too bad! They’re now in .mp3 and not on your computer anymore.
2. Do you have a rare live recording of a band? Too bad, because Apple has a lot of false positives and will often only match based on title and artist alone, so your personal live recording made for your personal use at a garage concert before they were famous is now replaced by the regular CD release that you’re not so hot on.
3. Do you have spotty wi-fi? Do you often work with the internet turned off, so you can be free of distraction? Well, welcome to life without music, because you can’t use the service without wi-fi.
Seriously DO NOT USE THIS SERVICE unless you want your ENTIRE personal music collection completely wiped in favor of an Apple controlled cloud service.
Whoa holy fuck
Apple Music doesn’t work like that, and it will not delete or alter files on your computer. If anything it creates duplicates of anything opened into the iTunes library(which is what iTunes does anyway).
There are A LOT of red flags in the article that makes the author come across as flat out lying. It’s possible that through his error or some random fluke(because all computers have glitches sometimes) that his music collection got wrecked, but it wasn’t Apple Music’s fault, not directly and not due to normal function.
Not saying Apple is without its problems, and Apple Music has even more, but I guarantee you that Apple Music did not delete or “steal” his music.
Reblogging for the updated comment. I don’t use cloud computing anyways but it’s good info if you’re worried about this.
What happens is that iTunes moves the file to your Trash. It doesn’t ‘delete’ the file outright, it just moves it. The problem is that people don’t LOOK in the Trash before emptying it.
A /wise/ thing would be to have it move the file to a separate folder in your home directory instead of just going “They’re going to delete it anyways, might as well help them!”
The summary is also incorrect. It doesn’t “scan your computer for basically ANY sound“, it scans your iTunes Library and only moves files around if you tell it to manage your library.