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Apple macOS Monterey 12.1 update triggered a metadata bug in the Music app

Apple Music is without a doubt one of the most widely used audio streaming services on the internet, competing with Spotify, Deezer, and Amazon Music.

The Cupertino-based tech giant recently added several new features such as Spatial Audio and Dolby Atmos. Needless to say, users were happy with the service as its competitors seem to lack it.

But lately, users have reported several issues with the service, with some users recently reporting that the much-publicized Spatial Audio feature is not working on Apple’s Mac M1 after updating to macOS 12 Monterey.

User reports indicated that Monterey was the cause of the problem and was hoping for a fix in a future release. Now, with the release of macOS Monterey 12.1, Apple Music users are reporting that the update triggered a metadata bug.

Many say that when they try to change the metadata of an audio file, the app ignores the changes and reverts to the original state.


All of a sudden, I can no longer edit the metadata of songs uploaded to my iCloud Music Library on my MacBook. Is there a bug on macOS Monterey 12.1? I download the songs, then remove the downloads from my MacBook, then edit the metadata and sync my library again. I have done it this way forever and it has always worked. But now after my library has finished downloading / updating, the changes are reverted back to the original changes. Need help because it drives me crazy not to have artist names.

So… the Music app is not working properly… what’s up. The Music app, since the launch of Monterey, has been… to say the least, broken. It got a lot worse with 12.1 though. Has anyone else noticed that all changes to metadata are immediately reverted to their original state when closing the app? It has become aggravating to add anything to the app now – I’ve tried adding tons of composer metadata in one of my albums, and when opening the app then , all my modifications no longer existed. Not to mention the app that crashes more frequently now and is generally slower now.

It really is frustrating because a file’s audio metadata may be incorrect or sometimes users may want to edit it just to organize their library.

Unfortunately, Apple hasn’t said anything about this yet, so it remains to be seen whether the Apple Music metadata bug will be fixed in a future version of macOS Monterey or not.

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