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Ask the iTunes Guy: Cha-cha-cha-changes in iTunes 12.2

Kirk McElhearn | July 13, 2015
The big iTunes news this week is the introduction of Apple Music, and the many changes it brings to iTunes. In this week's column, I answer a number of questions related to Apple Music, and to other changes in iTunes 12.2.

The big iTunes news this week is the introduction of Apple Music, and the many changes it brings to iTunes. In this week's column, I answer a number of questions related to Apple Music, and to other changes in iTunes 12.2.

Where's my match?

Q: Where did iTunes Match go?

This is the question I've received the most in the past week. iTunes Match users are surprised to find that there's no mention of that service in the latest version of iTunes. You may see that files are marked as Matched or Uploaded, if you examine your library in Songs view and have the iCloud Status column enabled, but there are no options to update or deactivate iTunes Match, as there were in the past.

I explained how iTunes Match and Apple Music work together in a recent article, so that should help you grasp the complementarity of the two. But once you turn on iTunes Match, you won't know that it's there. It's part of the iCloud Music Library now, and, aside, from those Matched and Uploaded tags, nothing in iTunes tells you that iTunes Match is even running.

Can I have the check please?

Q: With iTunes 12.2, all of my songs are highlighted, both checked and unchecked. I can't tell by looking at them what is checked or unchecked. How can I know which tracks are checked?

Checking and unchecking tracks in iTunes is useful for several reasons. iTunes uses checkboxes to do the following:

  • When you rip CDs, iTunes only imports checked tracks.
  • When you play tracks from a CD, playlist, or from your library, iTunes only plays checked tracks.
  • You can use an option in smart playlists to only include checked tracks.
  • And you can choose to only sync checked tracks to iOS devices and iPods.

Prior to iTunes 12.2, unchecked tracks were dimmed in the app's interface.

In iTunes 12.2, there is no longer such a distinction. You can still see checkboxes in list views--such as Songs view, for music--but not in other views.

No soap, radio

Q: I deleted some of my iTunes Weekly Top 50 stations and now I don't know how to get them back in My Stations. Is there an easy solution to this?

Q: I had a bunch of "Composer Essentials" iTunes Radio stations, and I can't find them any more. Where have they gone?

These are two of the many questions I've received about missing iTunes Radio stations. First, the name has been changed: it is now Apple Music Radio. And the marquee station is Beats 1 Radio, which is a pop station; aside from Beats 1 Radio, there aren't that many stations. (Though you can still create a "station" from a song or artist...)

 

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