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When did iOS remove the ability to set the alarm clock to play a Music playlist?

I am virtually certain that in early iOS products -- for example, on my old 5th-generation iPod Touch, which was contemporary with the iPhone 5, and which shipped with iOS 6 -- one could set the stock ...
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How to use an iPad as an external MIDI keyboard for the Mac?

I'm looking for an app for iPadOS that would connect via Bluetooth (or cable if needed) to a Mac and work as a MIDI keyboard. The goal is to use it to input notes in a notation program such as Dorico, ...
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How to get metadata for Bandcamp music into MacOS Music

I like music in WAV files. When I import from a CD, MacOS Music goes to the Gracenote database and updates lots of handy information about the tracks from the CD. When I buy music in Bandcamp, MacOS ...
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How to find possibly corrupt album artwork in Music app?

Suddenly I have about 10,000 of 30,000 tracks not showing artwork on my iPhone’s Music app. My MacBook’s Music app shows all tracks on all albums have album art, as shown by quickly scrolling through ...
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Connect multiple A&H QU mixers as aggregate devices

I am looking to purchase a Studio M2 for our recording studio. Before proceeding I need to confirm that the M2 Studio can connect an Allen & Heath QU32 mixer and a QU-PAC mixer to the M2 as an ...
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How can I keep my mac from going to sleep while USB ports are in use?

Desire: Mac goes to sleep after X minutes of inactivity. Present behaviour: If I am playing on my midi keyboard, connected by USB to my compter, mac will go to sleep. How can I get it to stay awake ...
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MacOS Music script does not work triggered inside app

For years, I've been using a really simple AppleScript to reset Music's AirPlay device back to my computer. I trigger it using a keyboard shortcut Command + E and the script doesn’t run. Same if I use ...
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Is it possible to automate Music.app to play a random album by one specific artist?

I have lots of 'albums' in my library in Apple Music which are by a certain artist. I find these good to work to. They are all relatively similar (dance music mixes.) I would like to make an ...
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Music.app Select Songs Listing via Applescript

I would like to Select the "Songs" library view (in the left-hand pane) via Applescript, but all I can do is select the Album view by doing the following: tell application "Music"...
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Finder sync claims phone doesn't have enough free space (but it does) [duplicate]

I am old-fashioned and listen to downloaded music on my phone. This past week, I've been getting a strange error where the phone refuses to sync with my Mac laptop because there's supposedly not ...
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Apple Music App 1.4.4 / Album covers for m4a files missing

So, album art fail to show in Apple Music App for m4a albums and songs. Works for all other formats. I can re-add, album for album, but that will take me forever. Anyone know of a way to fix this bug? ...
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Where am I supposed to store my MP3s for the macOS Music app to monitor?

The Music app seems to default to this convoluted path with multiple duplicate entries when I reset it through settings: ~/Music/Music/Media/Music/. However, it's not obvious at all where the actual ...
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Deleting music from library also "deletes" from purchase history

I recently discovered that deleting a song from my music library on either my iPhone 15 Pro or my Macbook Pro will also cause it to "disappear" from my list of purchased songs, making it ...
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Any way to add playlists with Apple Music streaming content to Apple Music library from command-line?

It's straightforward to add m3u playlists of locally-stored files to the Apple Music app from the command-line. Is there any way to create and add a playlist of streaming content to the library, for ...
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Can Not Deauthorize a Computer in Music

I reached the limit of five authorized computers per account. The error message points one to this help page. https://support.apple.com/en-us/118292 Here is the twist. I don't have 5 computers, I ...
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How to put songs on iPod without using iTunes/Apple Music from MacOS?

I recently purchased an old iPod Shuffle (4th Generation) with 2 GB internal storage. I have some songs on an external drive that I want to transfer to iPod. But I'm not sure where to start. Also, I ...
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How can I prevent an app from taking focus of my AirPods when I open it on iOS?

Whenever I opened an app Pleco (Chinese-English dictionary app) while listening to music on YouTube (background mode), the music stopped playing. I manually have to play it again in order to listen to ...
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Multiple tags in Music

I separate tags using the semicolon, but macOS' inbuilt Music app doesn't appear to recognize them as separate tags. As a result, I see entries, such as "Cover; Dance" and "CoverJazz&...
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Get Smart Playlist to pick up tracks that are in playlists but not added to library?

I have a folder of playlists "Weekly" Inside there are manual playlists containing tracks I have added Some of those tracks have been marked as favorites (starred) I create a Smart Playlist,...
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The song "..." could not be used because the original file could not be found. Would you like to locate it?

I know that the question's title is repeated, but what I found here were answers for iTunes, and I tried them, but it didn't work. Basically, the following happened: I had about 50 GB of MP3s in the ~/...
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Is there a multi-channel music file/encoding format that iCloud Music Library will accept?

I've created some multi-channel (surround sound, 5.1) tracks of my own. My initial attempts at encoding them (AAC/ALAC as AC3/DolbyDigital) all work well. They sounds great and spatial audio works a ...
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Pause All Media

I typically either use a keyboard or a button on my mouse to play/pause media. I also have a habit of switching between youtube and spotify. Sometimes, I have white noise (youtube) and music (spotify) ...
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How to disable headphone volume notifications - now that the option seems to have been removed

I use my iPhone to play music in my car through Bluetooth. I use the car's volume control to control the actual volume. However, to avoid distortion issues, when doing this I keep my iPhone's volume ...
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MacOS Music "now playing" displays title; not work/movement

I have edited meta-data on my Mac to flip a number of classical tracks to work/movement style. This change has synced to iCloud because I see the tracks listed in that style on my phone afterwards. ...
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Frequent dropouts when playing music

After updating my MacOS to 12.7.3, I found that playing music (mostly MP3 files) is strongly impaired: I get frequent "dropout", i.e. a short pause of maybe half a second. After some ...
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How do I enable verbose logging for the OSX Music app?

I've been importing CDs using Music on OSX (Catalina). Some of them refuse to import. I'd like to see what's happening in the log files, but I can't work out which file Music uses or how to increase ...
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Duration of MP3 files in metadata

For language study, I frequently download nine MP3 files from several different sources, and import them into Music.app.  All are monaural (i.e., single track).  Music.app shows the wrong duration for ...
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Stereo songs are not being played stereo

iPhone 13 Pro. 17.3 If I play "Love me two times" by the Doors, or Money by Pink Floyd or, say, Bohemian Rhapsody - all classic songs that play around with Left and Right channels in the mix,...
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Some old games have problems with music setting on iOS 10

I noticed that some old AppStore games, released back in 2010-2015 years, have some problems with music playing on iOS 10 at least. I think, it's usually 32bit games (some games supports 64bit). It ...
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Default application not respected—cause/fix?

I have an album in Music.app with 21 .m4a files and two .mp3.  The .m4a were purchased from Apple.  The other two were purchased but converted to MP3 by Amadeus Pro.  Default opener for all .m4a is ...
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How to get Apple Music to auto-generate custom playlists? Spotify-like

I've been a Spotify user for a while and appreciate that based on a genre, an artist, or even a single song, it can automatically create a playlist with that genre or with similar artists/songs that ...
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How does one move one's Music library to another computer

I have been trying to Move my music library from a 2020 iMac running Sonoma to a 2015 MB Pro running Catalina. I looked online and found these instructions for doing so but when I followed the last ...
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All my Apple Music playlists are empty

Yes, this looks like a duplicate of this question, but the former one was asked 4 years ago so maybe things have changed since then. At some point, all my Apple Music playlists on all devices turned ...
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How to continue music syncing from MacBook to iPhone (and meta-data in both directions) after upgrading MacBook?

I was using MacBook Pro A and syncing its music to iPhone A. The meta data (last play and star rating) was syncing in both direction. All was good. I then replaced MacBook A with MacBook B, and also ...
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How to edit ID3 tags on iPod without iTunes

I have an iPod Touch, that I used to manage with iTunes on Windows, but now I'm using a Mac (with MacOS Sonoma). I noticed that iTunes is no more, for which I won't shed a single tear. However I would ...
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iTunes Match and Apple Music interfering with eachother

I have iTunes Match and I have got 6 months of Apple Music for free. But now when I try to play a song on an album that is also on Apple Music it will fail after 15seconds. I tried everything from ...
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How can I create a smart playlist on Apple Music of my instrumental songs (no lyrics)?

I'm looking to create a smart playlist on Apple Music that automatically creates a playlist or finds all of the songs in my library without lyrics. Is there a way to filter songs that Apple Music hasn'...
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Any ways to see all the songs again under the "Recently Added" tab on Apple Music for Mac?

I've been using Apple Music for a long time and usually navigate through my songs under the "Recently Added" tab. I was able to see all the songs arranged in the order I added them to my ...
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My iPhone briefly pauses my music when I plug it in, unplug it, place it on or remove it from a charger. How do I fix this?

Sometimes when I place my iPhone on a wireless charger, plug it in, unplug it, or take it off a wireless charger, my music or other media pauses for 1 to 2 seconds. When this issue first appears, it ...
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The Music app stopped showing album art

I use the Music app strictly for mp3 files on my disk, and I added "Album Art" to every song, from jpg files. At some point yesterday, the cache got messed up (actually TimeMachine started ...
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Is there a web interface for iTunes?

I occasionally purchase songs from Apple via iTunes. I really like this because it gives me access to the physical .m4a files that I can manually back up to listen to anywhere, offline, even if my ...
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Transfer MP3s with metadata from iTunes to Apple Music

I have ~6,000 MP3's on my old iMac in an iTunes folder, using the old iTunes Library.itl and iTunes Music Library.xml file structure. I have a new MBA with Apple Music and ~20 MP3 files using the ...
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On Ventura do I still open a .itl file after Option-clicking on the Music app?

After a few steps: Connect external drive to (old) macOS running Big Sur. Format drive (APFS). Still on macOS running Big Sur: cp -pr ~/Music /Volumes/MyDisk/ Connect external drive to (new) macOS ...
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Copying photos and iTunes libraries from an old to a new Mac

I learned the hard way that I should not copy ~/Library/Messages/ from an old mac to a new mac. The usual ability to use Messages to write messages then works only when writing to iOS users (the blue ...
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Music.app creating playlists gratuitously

I have seen these duplicate playlists many times: I never use any of them, and frequently delete all four, only to have them reappear the next time Music is launched. When I delete them, they stay ...
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Fix Music.app metadata from cloud?

Many of the songs in my Apple Music Library have inconsistent metadata (years missing, titles misspelled, etc.) This is weird, because it was once all correct. I suspect that Apple hasn't migrated my ...
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How do Music.app and ID3 differ regarding copyright notice?

How does Music.app find and display a copyright notice in the File tab of songs? If I open a purchased track and an edited MP3 in Amadeus Pro, it shows the copyright notice for both as "Copyright ...
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Create a playlist via command line?

I have some rather complicated scripts that I use to create MP3 files which I use for improving my language skills. Each session creates a new file in each of six languages, with text embedded in the ...
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How can I stop Apple Music (via Music on macOS) from playing "related" songs after an album is complete?

I open an album in Music (v1.3.4.56) on macOS. Note: I have an active Apple Music subscription and am listening via Apple Music. I double-click the first song and start listening. When the album is ...
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Music app is stuck forever on Loading Cloud Music Library

I subscribed to iTunes Match, but either Music or iTunes got stuck forever on loading. If I remember correctly, in this Apple/iCloud account, I had a lot of music on Match (around ~2000). What can I ...
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