Apple Music is due for improvement:
Apple Inc. is planning sweeping changes to its year-old music streaming service after the first iteration of the product was met with tepid reviews and several executives brought in to revive the company's music strategy departed. Apple is altering the user interface of Apple Music to make it more intuitive to use, according to people familiar with the product who asked not to be identified because the plans aren’t public. Apple also plans to better integrate its streaming and download businesses and expand its online radio service, the people said.
Good, because it's horrible. Key quote: “When it comes to software, Apple performs with less elegance than it does when it comes to hardware,” said Colin Gillis, a New York-based BGC Partners analyst.
Then there's the little problem of deleting all your music.
“The software is functioning as intended,” said Amber. “Wait,” I asked, “so it’s supposed to delete my personal files from my internal hard drive without asking my permission?” “Yes,” she replied.
The minute I learned Apple scanned your iTunes library then provided versions from its own scanners for online streaming, I thought: nope. Here's the thing:
If Apple Music saw a file it didn’t recognize—which came up often, since I’m a freelance composer and have many music files that I created myself—it would then download it to Apple’s database, delete it from my hard drive, and serve it back to me when I wanted to listen.
It's that last part I don't understand. I mean, I do, but why? Why take it off my computer? I know we're moving into a wonderful world where it doesn't matter where your data is, only how quickly you can access it, but for some of us belt / suspenders types reliance on the Cloud, on letting someone else handle it for you, is a lousy idea.
In related lousy ideas, this was my favorite phishing attempting this week . . .
Do the needful! Anyway, that was my favorite, until this one.
They're not even trying anymore.