Today's Hard|Forum Post
Today's Hard|Forum Post

Thursday May 05, 2016

Apple Stole My Music. No, Seriously.

This is one of those stories where, at least to PC owners, seems completely unbelievable. How can Apple just delete or replace your music on your hard drive? Thankfully this guy had a recent backup of all is music or he would have been totally screwed.

What Amber explained was exactly what I’d feared: through the Apple Music subscription, which I had, Apple now deletes files from its users’ computers. When I signed up for Apple Music, iTunes evaluated my massive collection of Mp3s and WAV files, scanned Apple’s database for what it considered matches, then removed the original files from my internal hard drive. REMOVED them. Deleted. If Apple Music saw a file it didn’t recognizeآ—which came up often, since I’m a freelance composer and have many music files that I created myselfآ—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, just like it would with my other music files it had deleted.