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When “No Longer Available” strikes in iCloud Music Library

Kirk McElhearn | July 1, 2016
iTunes says your music isn’t available in iCloud Music Library. But sometimes that’s not the case.

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If I hadn't searched Apple Music, I wouldn't have known that this album, marked No Longer Available, had simply been renamed.

And then there are these tracks:

blank tracks

I have about 25 of these No Longer Available tracks. I don't know what songs they were or which albums they were from.

I'm at a loss as to what they were, and iTunes is no help. I assume they are tracks that were removed, and that iCloud Music Library somehow deleted all their metadata.

As streaming increases, it's likely that this becomes more common; that record labels do like Disney does with movies, making old albums available to stream, then pulling them to try to drum up sales. Apple could help users by displaying some sort of notification when music in an iCloud Music Library becomes no longer available. In fact, if record labels and artists pull their music from streaming, this could even incite some users to buy these songs and albums if they like them enough. Instead, they become digital driftwood in an iTunes library, just getting in the way.

Source: Macworld 

 

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