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  1. Sorry, no insights. As has been pointed out, some solutions work for some, the same solutions do not work for others. Don't know why it is.
  2. I'm pretty sure all that stuff was rolled into Apple Music, maybe 2-3 years ago
  3. Is "Automatically update artwork" checked in Preferences... > Advanced? Also, you should check to see if CD & DVD in System Preferences is compelling Music to open whenever you insert a disc.
  4. I'm pretty sure there's no modern version of the iTunes Store web-search dingus. I understand that Apple just this week introduced a feature that displayed alternate versions of releases (original and "legacy", eg). But I suppose you still have to find what you're looking for to begin with in order to see the alts displays. I'm sure Kirk has a bit to say about search.
  5. An interesting aside: Music's AppleScript API does not recognize a source as being iPod (any iPod or iOS device) as iTunes did. Thus, AppleScript cannot access track and playlist information on a device via the Music app.
  6. While you're still a subscriber, couldn't you just turn off iCloud Music Library and Disable Apple Music? Doing so may give you an idea of what will happen when you actually cut the cord.
  7. Like Kirk, I use Apple Music to find music I already know, or to recreationally go down the rabbit hole of recommendations. I still find new music the old-fashioned way: reading magazines/publications, friends' recommendations, radio, chance encounters, and so on. I do not care for Spotify. I recently subscribed to Amazon Music Unlimited--except for the music selection, which is about the same as everywhere else, I'm afraid its features are _quite_ limited. I follow bands and artists I like on Twitter. That's the most immediate way I've found for staying, uhm, "Connected". Since Apple's acquisition of Shazam, I have been using "Hey Siri, what song is this" more frequently also. That will enable you to add music found in the wild to your library.
  8. I dunno. A possible factor: when new playlists are created, they take on the characteristics of the "Songs" View of the main Music library. So, if, say "Songs" is sorted by Date Added then the new playlist will be sorted accordingly. Ultimately, who cares? Just make sure your playlists are sorted the way you want them and then Copy to Play Order. When iTunes sorts by Album, it is actually sorting by Album Name -> Disc Number -> Track Number. It doesn't somehow "know" what the actual album order is
  9. After creating the playlist, put it in Songs View. Select the furthest left column (the Play Order column) and then drag-arrange the tracks the way you like OR sort by the Album or Track Number or Disc Number column. Then, Right-Click on the name of the playlist in the sidebar and click "Copy to Play Order".
  10. Try my app M3Unify. It can copy files from iTunes to a USB stick (for example) named and arranged the way you like. There is a demonstration video also at that link that describes how it works.
  11. Better to burn out 'cause rust never sleeps, amirite?
  12. Of course, I see. I was just wondering if you needed to access the files for some purpose other than to play them (by whatever means). For the rare times I actually need access to the files, I do it through iTunes, either with "Show In Finder" or just dragging tracks out of iTunes elsewhere, and so on.
  13. Why do you care where the files are located?
  14. I wrote a script awhile back that runs as a Login Item to mount the server at launch and check that it is actually mounted *before* launching iTunes: https://dougscripts.com/itunes/scripts/ss.php?sp=launchatlogin After telling iTunes where you want the new library to be in Preferences... > Advanced, run Consolidate, (File > Library > Organize Library... > Consolidate files). This command moves all the files of the track entries in iTunes to the new iTunes Media location.
  15. Yep, that's not a bad idea. And, once you've reverted back to your original library and have extricated the "iTunes Media/Music/" folder from the just-created library, dispose of the other completely unnecessary support files/folders that iTunes will have also created.
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