Apple ecosystem music management (NOT “Apple Music”) getting worse
As another beta cycle comes to a close, I have once again updated hoping that music management will start to resemble some sort of sane system. Alas, it has once again gotten worse.
A new track for an album I preordered was released this morning (from The New Pornographers upcoming album). Let’s just say that I now have two copies of the same track on my Mac and neither of them are synchronizing the play count from my phone, while also complaining that I have purchases on my phone that aren’t on my Mac and then won’t transfer anything when I say “transfer.”
Fine, whatever, I care about play counts and last added and last played more than most, I get it. But here are the other problems I have, all of which have been around since *at least* iOS 12 and Mojave, and all of which have been reported.
* Many of my purchased tracks pop up an ad for Apple Music instead of playing when I tap them.
* If my artist “sort by” field is different (because we agreed hundreds of years ago that sorting should be done by last name, not first) the iPhone music app will eventually start ignoring the “sort by” field.
* Songs within an album sometimes don’t group together in the Mac Music app (same thing happened in iTunes) – even if all album-wide properties are identical. If I change the album name then change it back, they’ll group.
New and improved problems in iOS 13/Catalina:
* No more column browser in Music app in “song” view.
* Rating songs/hearting them has somehow gotten even more annoying.
* Sorting albums by Artist THEN Year doesn’t seem possible (or maybe it’s a beta bug).
* Album artwork just seems to go poof occasionally, but so far only on purchased songs.