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Apple autocratically deletes music from your hard-drive

by on06 May 2016

Making you pay twice 

Job’s Mob has started purging the hard-drives of Apple fanboys to force them to use its god-awful music streaming business.

One disgruntled customer claims that Apple Music deleted his hard drive collection of 20 years and 122GB worth of music without permission and replaced his tracks with mismatched alternatives.

Composer James Pinkstone made the mistake of signing up to Apple Music and began transferring his files over from iTunes. Pinkstone claims that after scanning his music collection, the service began matching his tracks with those on its database and transferring them over. In the process, Apple began deleting the original copies from his computer.

Unfortunately that included his own compositions and rare versions of tracks that Pinkstone had collected over time were substituted for inferior, more widely available alternatives.

For some reason the programming genii at Apple music decided that if there was a file Apple Music did not recognise it would downloaded it to the Apple database and deleted it from the hard-drive. The problem is that what Jobs’ Mob considers a 'match' often isn't."

Obviously he complained and was told by Apple representatives that this was perfectly normal and a feature of the system. Apparently it was designed to help users save storage space. But as Pinkstone points out that by deleting music off users' hard drives, Apple is effectively making itself gatekeeper of users' music, regardless of where they purchased it from.

Pinkstone who has clearly owned an Apple for far too long said he would never have dreamed that the content holders, like Apple, would also reach into your computer and take away what you already owned.

"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."

Pinkstone recovered his music collection through a system restore. Apple told him that the only way he could stop this mess happening again is by never using the Apple Music service. In fact he would be better off getting a higher spec PC which does not let the evil claws of Apple enter his computer and touch anything.

However it does mean that shedloads of other people are going to lose access to files they have paid for and Apple does not really care.

"I would love for Apple to face a public backlash and financial ramifications for having taken advantage of its customers in such a brazen and unethical way, but Apple seems beyond reproach at this point," Pinkstone said.

We are not sure that is true, unless Pinkstone and Apple's other victirms do something sensible and boycott the company until it stops being the 21st century version of Marie Antoinette.

Last modified on 06 May 2016
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