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  1. I use dbpoweramp to re-rip my CDs. Stuff that I purchased from years of using iTunes from 128 kbps and all, I left in Music. No disc burning software. And I haven't purchased any tunes from iTunes or Music in years. I've never changed those system preferences for CDs & DVDs. Music is opening, but I am not using it. I thought I would let it update and that would be that, but it's a constant thing. I would be very upset if I was using Music and it actually updated the images. Today, I see it updating the artist artwork, which I imagine are those little images that are typically represented by a mic stand. I can't understand why it cannot update Aretha Franklin's image. I haven't noticed this before either. Perhaps this is what I am seeing?
  2. I am using dbpoweramp and Music always gets in the way. I stick a disc in, and Music "Apple-y" opens. I don't need it open and I don't want it open. However, even with the settings shown above, Music still opens. Right before I close it, I see it updating images.
  3. Hello Doug! No, "Automatically update artwork" is not checked in Music Preferences. For music CD, I have it set to "Ignore. Should I change all settings to ignore? I definitely see the Update artwork status in the lower-left corner of Music. However, I can't see or tell if it's doing anything?
  4. One thing I always see Music doing is updating images. Unless I purchased the track from iTunes (Music), I did internet searches to get, better high-quality images. (Yup, I’m one of those!) Is there a way to stop this within Music? Or should I find something else like Little Snitch? I am using the latest version of Music and still on 10.15.3 I am no longer using Music, it just opens when I stick in a disc to rip with another program.
  5. Before you spend $800 or more, I would try to take it to Apple, or an Apple Certified Macintosh Technician, to get it checked out before buying a new one.
  6. I will give that a try, Kirk, and see how it goes. Any help is worth a try. Thanks!
  7. It's probably trying to look at both for booting. I would take out the card, reboot and make sure the internal SSD works before using the card. It really doesn't seem as thought the card is working. Eventually, you will have to have your computer checked out by an Apple support or another expert.
  8. Why use an SDcard, instead of an external SSD? https://www.amazon.com/Samsung-Portable-MU-PA250B-AM-Alluring/dp/B073H552FK/ref=sr_1_8?keywords=ssd&qid=1582945609&refinements=p_89%3ASamsung%2Cp_n_feature_keywords_five_browse-bin%3A7688214011&rnid=7688213011&s=pc&sr=1-8
  9. Yeah, I figured as much, but was hoping beyond hope… With the many different versions of some albums, and artists redoing someone else’s work, I wish Apple would make it easier to search. Provide some advanced options that would allow us to narrow down the search. When searching for Prince, the Purple One, I get Will Smith, Prince Royce and a bunch of stuff from other “Princes.” Hence, my gradual move away from iTunes (uh, sorry, Music) – JRiver Media Center, qobuz and an external drive.
  10. For iTunes, there was a script called iTunes PowerSearch. Does one exist for the Music app? I am trying to find particular remixes, but the search on Music is very clunky — at its best! (I did check Doug's AppleScripts, but didn't find anything similar.)
  11. I think Doug might be on to something. I restored and synced, but I still see nothing. I can easily play the music on the iPod, though.
  12. Today, I had some extra time to kill. I spent some of the time syncing an iPod shuffle to Music. While Music told me the iPod software was up to date, it also allowed me to drag some music files to the iPod. (I did not use the Autofill function.) I don’t see them displayed when I look at my iPod under Devices on Music’s sidebar, but I did play them and they sounded as usual. Has anyone else experienced the same results?
  13. Hello Kirk I guess I am mostly there? I checked every box you suggested, but nothing seemed to work. I moved the actual music files to an external hard drive. Then, I deleted the plist files while keeping the boxes you suggested checked. I rebooted and I can now add files to the Music app and they are in the Music folder. However, the Files preferences still has not changed. Yeah, I am wondering if this might work itself out in the future or cause further issues. Thanks for the quick responses!
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    I figured it out! I generally use the Safari Technology Preview browser, and that browser seems to be the issue. When I use Safari, the web site works as expected.
  15. It still stops at Media... Should I toss the plists and start over?
  16. wgscott, I meant that when I initially imported, I didn't have the second box checked. After reading Kirk's reply, I checked the second box as well as the first, and the file I attached previously was the result. For me it didn't work.
  17. Hello Chris, Once I read a post, and then, pick another post to read, I notice neither topic is marked as read. Is this a Catalina issue or a forum one?
  18. Kirk thanks for your response! When I try your recommendations, the Music folder I created remains empty. Within the Media folder,I see the Automatically Add to Music folder while the music files I added are still in their respective folders. The Music folder is there, but it remains empty. I have reindexed, rebooted, but nothing seems to work. Before I started adding files, I did check the Keep Music folder organized box, but not the Copy Files to Music Media Folder when adding to library box. Any other suggestions?
  19. I just installed Catalina. While I have moved to JRiver’s Media Center as my main player, I left songs that I don’t really listen to much at all for the Music app. For some reason, during my clean install of Catalina, when I look in the Music folder, I notice I don’t have a Music folder in there. For me, it’s just Music à Media. So, within the Media folder I have my music files and the Automatically Add to Music folder. I thought I should have a Music folder within the Media folder. For example: Music à Media à Music. Did my installation miss something?
  20. I have yet to upgrade to Catalina, but I'm headed to JRiver. It is not perfect, but I needed to move on from iTunes. I get a lot of files that are FLAC, but iTunes couldn't handle that. So that created the need for another player. Over the past 6 months I have been slowly red booking my CDs. I have moved them to an external drive and it works fine with JRiver. I will probably leave the songs I downloaded from the iTunes Store within the Music app. (The ones I don't really listen to will be deleted.) While JRiver is not Mac like, I just need an app that can manage my library and play a variety of files. At this point, I don't see myself streaming. For those that did upgrade to Catalina, did you simply upgrade or clean install?
  21. Everyone: Thanks for your responses! wwaldmanfan: I used other sites to download music, but the only option on some of those sites was FLAC. And I did use XLD to convert them to AIFF. Currently, I have used qobuz more and more and it offers a good variety of formats. I saw they have the latest Prince disc, "Originals," and I wanted to make sure I picked the best format, especially since they offer it as 24-Bit/96 kHz, for the Mac. I hadn’t heard of MediaHuman Audio Converter, but I just downloaded it and gave it a whirl – I like it! Thanks!
  22. As a dedicated Apple user, which format should I select to download high-resolution music files? I have used other sites where the only option is FLAC. I have converted these files to use on my Mac and iPhone, but hate managing two different sets of the same songs. Often times I am in another location, non-mobile, but not at home when I am listening. I am trying out JRiver’s Media Center, which is a manageable price – streaming is not high on my priority list. If someone invites or wants me to listen to some songs, they are often provided in the FLAC format. Yes, I realize FLAC and AIFF are about the same, but iTunes still doesn’t play FLAC files. Hence, my trial before moving to JRiver. Any thoughts?
  23. No, I use LockRattler, which pulls XProtect, Gatekeeper and other security updates down pretty easily. LockRattler also shows version and date added. So, my apps are always updated. I think Apple needs to employ a method that tells users when XProtect, etc., are updated. (Of course, for those who care!) I have used the Terminal commands in the past, but LockRattler makes it a lot easier for me. I always download load the Combo update and security updates from Apple Downloads page, which I can use on other computers as well.
  24. Kirk, I totally agree with you that I believe not all the software was being loaded. I like to know what is being downloaded, so I have turned off automatic updates and use LittleSnitch to limit other functions as well. Maybe turning off some of the automatic functions prevented my system from receiving the respective download. However, if Apple is breaking up iTunes, I long for a Sync app. Currently, I only update apps when I install the latest iOS update. Hence, my phone frequently sports a high badge number over the App Store icon.
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