Episode #77 – How to Get the Most out of Apple Music

By Kirk on November 3, 2017

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  • Not sure what you did but using the link in the “This week’s articles from Kirkville” that I just received a few minutes ago it worked fine. Thank You

    Great Episode – I totally agree that I would never trust my music collection to iCloud. Apple music lets me try artists and albums that I would never buy but sometimes I do buy after I listen to it a few times. I like the variety of their playlists for the same reasons. I use Apple Music and my iCloud library as a Playground that I can add to, move, delete etc without worry that I am going to lose something, and as a bonus I always have it with me.

  • My iTunes ( macOS 10.12.6 invariably gives me a link to Apple Music tracks in the iTunes Store. I click on the ellipsis at the right and I get all the choices including “Show Song in iTunes Store”. I do have iTunes Music Library turned on on this system (master library, other Mac, no Apple Music or iTunes Music Library)

    I really like the “our next tracks” – got me some new rock to listen to. The list of new releases got me some goodies as well – more Jorma, more Art Pepper, and a whole batch of Jorge Bolet play Liszt, Chopin, Debussy. Happy ears.

  • Thanks for this episode. I rejected Apple Music from the get-go because I assumed it automatically meant that “iTunes in the cloud” feature (whatever it’s called) would take my music off my computer and put it on a server somewhere. I live in the third-world country of rural Northern California where I have 2Mb download/640k upload so any time some service wants to put my data in the cloud it’s an iffy proposition at best.

    Listening to this show makes me think that I can subscribe to Apple Music but still keep my 291 GB library on my own computer. Is that correct? If so, I’ll sign up for the Apple Music trial.

    • Labels don’t have an incentive to connect streams to purchases, because it’s cheaper for them to pay streaming royalties. … And then, to keep you on the subscription teat. Spotify (to answer Kirk’s question) does not have purchase links. Hey, a local library would threaten the stream! Can’t have that.

      So purchase links are usually only found where there’s no streaming option (such as in YouTube song videos, before YouTube Red began.)

      With any transition from one medium to another, there’s a bit of artificiality with regard to access. Once sales drop below a certain point, the plug is pulled so that sales are not allowed to simply taper off naturally. The economies of scale disappear for mainstream product. Happened with physical media, and now downloads. Labels are too big to bother with whatever’s not mainstream.

      What’s ironic is that on an artist’s site, you’ll still see Amazon and iTunes links for purchase, but that’s because those merchants don’t have dedicated artist “channels” for streaming. That should tell the artist a lot about how streaming isn’t likely to be in their best interest. And because Amazon and iTunes represent mainstream song purchases, if there’s a high res version, you’d never know it from the artist’s web page. That should tell the artist what the label thinks about the best version of their content.

      The only smart thing labels have done with regard to streaming and helping artists, is in their support of a delivery mechanism that’s impossible to clone (steal). It’s their dream come true, despite nobody “stealing” (cloning) LPs.

      • Spotify _used to_ have purchase links. I messed around with Spotify a few years ago, and you could buy some – not all – of the tracks in MP3 format.

  • It appears that Black Smoke Rising has morphed into a “double EP,” in terms of what’s “in print.” So it’s now From the Fires. At some point they might want to call it an album (8 songs) but these days, 32 minutes isn’t “enough” for that.

    I appreciate both the old school sound and original writing. The singer Josh Kiszka, is like Plant and somewhat echos Cornell but sings even higher than either, which should give him a long career in pop. I had to listen to part of an interview with him, to convince myself he’s not just some dude having his voice processed to mimic Plant.

    That said, Plant’s and Cornell’s legacies (nor Zep’s/Soundgarden’s) aren’t threatened by these kids, but wow, what a start.

    I found the Apple Music link worthless for “discovering” this music. Even the the video there is only a preview. As I type this I’m listening to a YouTube fan page, who is distributing it no doubt illegally because the label couldn’t be bothered to provide any sound … the “listen now” link on the artist site leads to places to buy/stream only.