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Apple Stole My Music. No, Seriously.


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How can they get away with this?!

"...people who cancelled their Apple Music subscription after the free, three-month trial, only to discover that all of their own music files had been deleted and there was no way to get them back.

...ah, I know! There is Terms of Use you have agreed to:

"…IN NO CASE SHALL APPLE, ITS DIRECTORS, OFFICERS, EMPLOYEES, AFFILIATES, AGENTS, CONTRACTORS, OR LICENSORS BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, PUNITIVE, SPECIAL, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES ARISING FROM YOUR USE OF THE APPLE MUSIC SERVICE OR FOR ANY OTHER CLAIM RELATED IN ANY WAY TO YOUR USE OF THE APPLE MUSIC SERVICE, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, ANY ERRORS OR OMISSIONS IN ANY CONTENT OR APPLE MUSIC PRODUCTS, OR ANY LOSS OR DAMAGE OF ANY KIND INCURRED AS A RESULT OF THE USE OF ANY CONTENT OR APPLE MUSIC PRODUCTS POSTED, TRANSMITTED, OR OTHERWISE MADE AVAILABLE VIA THE APPLE MUSIC SERVICE, EVEN IF ADVISED OF THEIR POSSIBILITY.”

Kind of curious, what is their marketing department and/or QA have to say about that...

This is why I keep my music as files on my own drive. 

Can you configure Apple Music to leave your files alone?  

Would iCloud settings do it? "So my files were temporarily restored; but the only way to prevent this from happening over and over, according to Amber, was to cancel my subscription to Apple Music (which she herself doesn’t use due to the above-listed reasons) and to make sure my iCloud settings did not include storing any music backups."

iCloud settings should do it.

But as Three Pipe says, keep backups just in case Apple behaves badly. 

"... even in my most Orwellian paranoia I never could have dreamed that the content holders, like Apple, would also reach into your computer and take away what you already owned. If Taxi Driver is on Netflix, Netflix doesn’t come to your house and steal your Taxi Driver DVD. But that’s where we’re headed. When it comes to music, Apple is already there."

It might be accidental and not deliberate. Apple hasn't said but here's another perspective:

http://www.imore.com/no-apple-music-not-deleting-tracks-your-hard-drive-unless-you-tell-it

How's this for Orwellian paranoia.  "Amazon Kindle users surprised by 'Big Brother' move"  https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2009/jul/17/amazon-kindle-1984

Having the electronic version of something means never quite being sure if you own it. 

Adam, I would amend your statement as follows.  "Relying on third party cloud hosting means never quite being sure if you own the electronic version of something."

Well said. 

Distributed computing means a machine you don't control can mess with you. 

You don't own anything Apple.  You rent it ... and you're going to be happy about it.

That's how Apple feels about it. Surprising so many consumers are ok with that. 

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