You can add another request to the list of possible improvements to Apple Music this summer: not deleting 122GB of music files from people’s laptops.
Well, one person’s laptop: composer James Pinkstone, who has penned an exceedingly-cross blog post about his experience using Apple Music.
“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,” he wrote.
“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, just like it would with my other music files it had deleted.”
Pinkstone admits that he can re-download the songs – “it would take around 30 hours” – but claims that the WAV files of his own songs have been converted to MP3s or AACs.
“If Taxi Driver is on Netflix, Netflix doesn’t come to your house and steal your Taxi Driver DVD. But that’s where we’re headed. When it comes to music, Apple is already there.”