Following a series of glitches that scrambled music libraries for some users, it's finally safe to update to the Apple's latest iTunes software.
Apple issued a patch on Monday to address major bugs that came with its iTunes 12.2 software, which launched two weeks ago bundled with Apple Music, the company's ambitious new streaming service. It introduced a central feature of the new service, iCloud Music Library, which aimed to seamlessly combine your saved music library with new Apple Music tracks and make all your music available everywhere.
But instead, the feature jumbled music libraries of users who were either iTunes Match subscribers or had used it in the past (myself included). After I turned on iCloud Music Library on iTunes, my tracks, albums and artists were randomized. So if I clicked on a song listed by The Beatles, an Arcade Fire song would play.
Another bug would take iTunes Match files and accidentally replace them with Apple Music files, which come protected by digital right management software (DRM). iTunes Match looks at users' music libraries and compares them to songs already listed in the iTunes store. The iTunes songs are available to stream on the go, and unlisted songs are uploaded to the cloud for streaming.
iTunes 12.2.1 should fix those errors. Apple declined to comment for this story, but it created two new Apple Support documents with detailed instructions on how to fix scrambled libraries and restore non-DRM versions of tracks.
The update also includes minor bug fixes for Apple's new Beats 1 radio station.
I tested the update and successfully added music to iCloud Music Library. The latest version was able to restore the local files to my iTunes library that had previously been downloaded with iTunes Match, so I was able to then upload them to iCloud Music Library.
The tracks were added to the cloud more quickly than iTunes Match, and songs were added to my phone's Music app soon after, too.
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