The Problem with Apple Music


I love Apple Music, I really do. I get to listen to everything I can think of and more. Lately I’ve been on a TV and film scores kick (The Queen’s Gambit and Locke and Key, just to name a few), which is fun, because, you know, I’m a nerd. However, there’s a problem that people might not think about: Album Only songs.

Remember buying songs from iTunes and sometimes there were songs you could only get if you bought the entire album? Well, it’s subtle, but they still exist. The first time I noticed it was on Gente de Zona’s album Visualízate. One of the songs was grayed out, and I couldn’t listen to it. I kept clicking on it like an idiot for a few minutes, until something told me to check iTunes. Sure enough, iTunes had “Album Only” next to the song. Luckily, I was able to find and listen to it on another album.

I noticed it again recently when I came across Science and Faith, The Script’s 2010 album. This really irritated me, because they’re one of my favorite artists. Except this time, I couldn’t find the song anywhere but iTunes, no matter how hard I tried. And I tried for at least 15 minutes before giving up and accepting the things I cannot change.

What’s the point of paying $9.99/month if I still don’t have access to everything? I know Apple wants to make money, but it still doesn’t seem fair. Maybe that makes me a snowflake who sweats the small stuff, but I really don’t care, I’m going to call it how I see it no matter what.

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