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I can’t say I’ve had too many issues with Apple Music myself and we use it across all our devices for 3 family members and myself and with the AllinOne sub it has been pretty cheap too so I’m happy with it. I don’t use it a lot on the Mac itself though as that rarely where I listen to music. I understand the love for Spotify though - we used that for a long time before and it’s very good so fair play. I do also sync the library weekly to Plex so I have my own, controlled library with the album art and meta data I select so thenAM library details for a track or album don’t bug me as much. 

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Yeah to be fair on iOS devices the Music app has never given me much trouble outside of some navigation confusion. My Mac OS woes are really all related to library management. 

 

I'm planning to have a Roon server set up at some point when I have the money to burn on a DAC, the subscription and storage requirements and keep my lossless library there. It's not something I will look into until I have settled on whatever my Mac desktop solution is going to be though. I'd also still keep Apple Music though purely for the convenience of accessing lossy music on my devices when I am on the move. 

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7 hours ago, Angry the Clown said:

Let's say you own an album on CD, an older release that has since been remastered and re-issued, and that re-issue is the only version available on streaming... only the remaster happens to sound worse than the original album. Happens often. In that scenario, the matching algorithm would only serve up the latest incarnation of that album.

 

I feel like this can be real hit-or-miss. A few years ago, I bought a box set that included remastered versions of many of Toto’s early albums. For the most part, the remasters weren’t yet available on streaming. The ones that were available came via a greatest hits collection that was released around this time, but the vast majority of the album tracks were still the original versions — at least on streaming platforms like Apple Music.

 

When I ripped the CDs from this box set into my library, Apple Music ended up matching most of the remasters that were available on said greatest hits album, but the rest of the album tracks were uploaded, since they were different enough to not register as copies already on the service. At this time, I didn’t mind, as I greatly prefer the remasters over the originals.

 

Conversely, I just tried a little experiment using a CD rip of U2’s The Joshua Tree. This is from a CD I purchased back in the early ‘90s, so obviously, it’s not the latest and greatest version available. I was curious to see what would happen. Would it match these old masters with the new ones, or simply upload them because they were different enough? In the end,  it was a little of both. It matched “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” and “With or Without You”, but it uploaded every other track. Like I said, real hit-or-miss. 

 

Another wrinkle to all this is the addition of lossless tracks to Apple Music. If a CD rip of yours is matched with the version on Apple’s servers, you’ll be able to download and stream both the lossless and high-res lossless version of that song to any device that supports it. However, if the song isn’t matched and gets uploaded instead, you’re stuck with the high quality AAC version. Granted the quality of the mix plays a much bigger role in how good a track sounds than the encoding does, but it would be nice to have the ability to upload lossless versions of tracks to play wherever you want. 

 

That said, one thing I do appreciate about Apple Music that I don’t think any other service offers (I’m not 100% sure because I haven’t tried them all) is the ability to go in and adjust the metadata on every track you download. I’m very fussy about the metadata on my music, and hate extraneous information that I don’t think belongs. For instance, why does every track on this Spotify edition of Goodbye Yellow Brick Road have to put “ - Remastered 2014” at the end? I hate that. When I add a track from Apple Music, I can change whatever metadata I want and make every song adhere to my own personal rules with regarding to naming. It makes it feel more like my own copy (even though I know it isn’t).

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13 hours ago, JFo said:

That said, one thing I do appreciate about Apple Music that I don’t think any other service offers (I’m not 100% sure because I haven’t tried them all) is the ability to go in and adjust the metadata on every track you download. I’m very fussy about the metadata on my music, and hate extraneous information that I don’t think belongs. For instance, why does every track on this Spotify edition of Goodbye Yellow Brick Road have to put “ - Remastered 2014” at the end? I hate that. When I add a track from Apple Music, I can change whatever metadata I want and make every song adhere to my own personal rules with regarding to naming. It makes it feel more like my own copy (even though I know it isn’t).

 

Yes, I appreciate that too, although have I have encountered some occasions where it messes things up. Generally though, it does work, even down to letting me change the artwork. 

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The iPad Mini seemed to be the best new product of the bunch there I think. It's a shame it doesn't have 120hz because having that on my Pro makes it hard to consider ever going back (and I'm glad it has now come to the Pro phones, though I'll continue on with my XS for another year). The phones and watch just struck me as being in a transitional year as far as updates were concerned. Interesting to see that the usual leakers were lead astray with talk of the flat edge watch re-design that did not come to pass. Makes me wonder how much misinformation they've been fed about the forthcoming laptops too.

 

All of the OS updates will be released on the 20th. 

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Agreed that the iPad mini is the best thing they announced. If I were buying a new tablet, that’s probably what I’d want. 
 

The iPhone seems like the usual S type iteration on the 12. There isn’t much in the non pro version to get excited about. For those that wanted 120hz displays, that they’re getting them finally. 
 

The cinematic mode seems interesting. The little “whodunnit” video was pretty impressive. When they were describing how automated it was, I was worried there wasn’t going to be any sort of manual control. Thankfully there was. 
 

Disappointed, but not surprised, that there weren’t new AirPods. 

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I also find it funny how they tout the capabilities of the USB-C port on the iPad and how it is so much faster than the previous (lightning) port, but keep it on the phones. 
 

Moving those ProRes videos off of those Pro phones will be slow. 

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I’d have thought the Mini is at the absolute limit on price already; once upon a time its role was as the iPad for people who couldn’t afford a full size one, and now its 50% more expensive than the basic iPad they announced about five minutes before. 

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I think that was marked by a very clear shift into the kind of customers they were probably seeing buy and use the Mini. I got the sense that many adopted it as a second iPad where its size presented very unique possibilities for use compared to its larger counterparts, rather than buying it because it was a cheap entry point. Consequently over time we've seen Apple re-position it to feed into that kind of market instead. If I opted never to have a laptop again, and instead embraced a desktop and 12.9" iPad Pro combination as I am keen to do in future, I could absolutely find place and purpose for the Mini in my life as well.

 

I can't stress how fluid ProMotion on my 11" iPad makes it feel for everything from navigating the UI, web browsing, reading and sketching though, so hopefully that will make its way into the next generation of Mini, or that perhaps they trot out an iPad Pro Mini in future. 

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