So at the start of the year, I decided to sign up for Apple One. It seemed like a good way to get access to Arcade (to get some games for my kid and myself that weren’t full of ads and in-app purchases) and News+ (which includes my local paper and some other good publications). The expanded iCloud storage space is great–I can actually have devices back to up to iCloud now.
What’s killing me is Apple Music. I have an iTunes library of almost 15,000 songs, mostly ripped from my CDs but with a number of iTunes store purchases. I have a 256 GB iPhone to allow me to have my music with me, and my new-ish Civic has CarPlay. It used to be great–I could use either the car’s voice control button or (later) “Hey Siri” and request music and have it played.
Since activating Apple Music, that process has gone completely to hell. Siri seems to have no idea of what music might actually be stored on the phone. At first, I could play an album using the phone controls or the CarPlay interface, but if I asked Siri to play the exact same album I would be told that it couldn’t be played because I didn’t have cellular data enabled for music streaming. I have tried adding the words “from my library” to various places in my requests to Siri, and it generally does nothing.
If I ask for a specific song, I can often get it–but after the song, instead of continuing on with the album, it goes to whatever the Apple Music algorithm might think is appropriate.
If I ask for one of my specific playlists, using a phrase like “Play the playlist ‘Five Star’ from my library, shuffled”, Siri goes to Apple Music and shuffles something called “Kill Rock Stars/5RC Experimental”.
(1) Is there any way to turn off Apple Music on a single device, so that I can get my phone to work correctly with my music library and just pretend I don’t have Apple Music on it?
(2) Is there anyone who has a decent music collection and a subscription to Apple Music and who has figured out how to use Siri to play music from the library?
At this point, my inclination is to just cancel my Apple One subscription, get separate subscriptions for Arcade, News+, and iCloud space, and live life without any access to Apple Music. That would be slightly cheaper per month, although there is some stuff the kid listens to from Apple Music that I’d need to purchase from the iTunes store.
Am I missing something? What I’d really love is to have Tim Cook ride around in my passenger seat for fifteen minutes to witness how bad this implementation is, but I’m afraid that’s not likely to happen.