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Hide iTunes Store Purchases from Within your iTunes Library

Hiding iTunes Store purchases was always a hassle. You had to go to your Purchased list, find what you want to hide, and click the x on the corner of an icon to hide the item. If you download a lot of free stuff on iTunes, you probably want to do this to keep your library clear, at least if you used iTunes in the Cloud before, to show your purchases in your library.

Apple has simplified this task in iTunes 12.2. If you see something in your iTunes library – when you have iCloud Music Library turned on, and showing your purchases, together with what’s physically in your library – you can hide if quickly from within iTunes.

To do this, right-click on an item that you want to hide and choose Delete. Since you can’t delete purchased tracks – really, you can’t ever delete them – iTunes displays a dialog asking if you want to hide the item.

Hide itunes store purchases

Click Hide Song (or whatever type of media you’re hiding), and iTunes will remove it from your library and set it as hidden.

You can always un-hide any iTunes purchases by going to your Account Info page, then the iTunes in the Cloud section. After Hidden Purchases, click Manage, and you’ll be able to show anything you’ve hidden.

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Understanding Lossless Music Streaming Bit Rates

I stumbled on a slide-show type article on techrader today, where one Stephen Lambrechts discusses “5 issues we want Apple Music to fix.”

Mr. Lambrechts has a tenuous understand of bit rates, music formats, and their quality. He repeats the foolish idea that CNN was bandying about, saying that:

Apple Music streams at a bitrate of 256 kbps, which is lower than most of its competitors. Spotify, Rdio, MOG and even Beats Music, which Apple Music’s streaming foundation is built on, all stream at 320 kbps

Well, I’ve already debunked that, but Mr. Lambrecht goes on to say:

And then there’s Tidal, which manages to stream its music at the lossless FLAC bitrate of 1411 kbps. So what gives, Apple? Why is the biggest and baddest new streaming service on the block peddling inferior audio quality?

CDs are 1411 kbps; FLAC files are not. They are compressed – that’s the C in the acronym – so they are usually somewhere between about 400 and 800 kbps. They don’t stream at 1411 kbps; your music player hardware or software decompresses them to that bit rate. It’s not a big deal, but if you’re comparing numbers, you at least need to get the numbers right.

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The Committed Podcast Looks at Apple Music, Part 1

The Committed Podcast Icon 1400x1400 01In this week’s episode of The Committed podcast, Ian Schray and I discuss Beats 1 Radio, and the differences (and similarities) between iCloud Music Library and iTunes Match.

Listen to The Committed, Episode 87: “Past the Point of Peak Simplicity”

If you like The Committed podcast, you can subscribe or leave a rating or review on iTunes, or with your favorite podcatcher.

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Writings about Macs, music and more by Kirk McElhearn