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Which Album Do I Keep When There Are Duplicates?
Thanks for this challenging question.
Apple Music is indeed not the easiest service to comprehend at first, but within a week you'll be an expert, I can tell.
Don't. Just make sure iCloud Music Library is enabled in settings in iTunes. That's when the matching will happen.
Originally Posted by beingbenjamin
That's correct. Metadata is leading in whether a song is matched rather than uploaded.
But that's when I noticed that some albums I know I've purchased still say "ADD" rather than "DOWNLOADED". Then I end up with two copies in my Library: my purchased one and the Apple Music one. It doesn't always happen, just on some albums. It looks like some metadata is just slightly different. For example the artists for one albums had a "&" between their names on the purchased version but a "/" on the Apple Music version.
If you see this option, that means that this song is not yet processed and placed in your iCloud Music Library. Simply tap that and it will either be matched with Apple Music or uploaded to your iCloud Music Library.
Sometimes the purchased one will have an option to "Add to iCloud Music",
That's a wrong assumption. It means those songs have not yet been processed by Apple Music. Like I said above, tap the "Add to iCloud Music" option and it will either be matched with Apple Music or uploaded to your iCloud Music Library.
which I assume means it just didn't match because of the different metadata.
Those duplicates, does one of them have the option to download the song and the other says Apple Music?
But a few don't have that option, like they are already there (but clearly aren't since I have two copies).
To determine if a song is on your computer, simply select that song, tap "Get Info", go to the "File" tab and see if 'Location:' shows a directory in iTunes Media, like 'C:\iTunes Media\artist name\' or 'C:\Apple Music' or 'iCloud'.
A general information:
Songs you previously had on your computer will be in a folder like 'C:\iTunes Media\artist name\'.
Songs you added via Apple Music will either be in or 'C:\Apple Music' or on 'iCloud'.
When it simply says 'iCloud' that means the song was added by you from Apple Music but not (yet) downloaded physically on your computer.
If the duplicated songs are songs owned by you and are already in a folder of your own choosing on your computer, make a backup of those songs. Delete the complete album and re-add them to iTunes. Within a few minutes a wheel will spin and those songs will be processed to be matched or uploaded.
Yet others show one album but all the tracks are duplicated.
Help is here, I'm happy to be of service.
This isn't going well and I just need a little clarity on how to clean this up. Any help would be appreciated.
When I first started using Apple Music and iCloud Music Library I made a backup of all my songs first, put it on an external hard drive and added them from their original folder to iTunes. (The backup was just for in case something went wrong and my songs got deleted in the process).
Only after I was finished adding my own songs to iCloud Music Library I started adding music from Apple Music to my library. That way I made sure I didn't have any duplicates.
I hope this helps you understand Apple Music a bit better.
If not, ask and me or someone else will help you out.