How to Fix iTunes 12.2 iTunes Match & Apple Music DRM Bug

Apple just released a minor update to iTunes 12, seemingly addressing several issues related to Apple Music’s debut in iTunes 12.2. One major problem — automatic switching of certain iTunes Match songs to “Apple Music” status, along with the unwanted addition of Apple’s Fairplay DRM — is mentioned in iTunes 12.2.1’s release notes. Apple says the update resolves an issue “where iTunes incorrectly changed some songs from Matched to Apple Music,” and lets you restore non-DRMed files to your library.

But unless you follow a specific procedure spotlighted in a new Apple support document, the fix could create even bigger problems for your library. Apple notes that if you download 12.2.1, “previously matched songs [that] appear as Apple Music songs” will be fixed, as iTunes will “correct the information automatically.” Indeed, you’ll see that Matched or Purchased songs that switched to “Apple Music” status now say Matched or Purchased again within the iTunes library. “After you update,” says Apple, “you can remove and download again any songs that were incorrectly downloaded as Apple Music.” But if you hit the wrong button, you’ll find it hard to restore your tracks…

If you want to restore a downloaded, Apple Music DRM’ed track to normal, DON’T just delete the DRM’ed version of the song from your iTunes library. Try to do this, and the dialog box above will pop up. Hitting return or the blue-highlighted button will obliterate the track from both your library and Apple’s servers, such that you might not be able to get the track back.

Instead, Apple says, you should control-click and choose “Remove Download” for all tracks that were incorrectly downloaded as Apple Music. Then control-click again and choose “Make Available Offline” to re-download them correctly, without DRM.

This non-intuitive system for fixing tracks could mess up your music library. Even though iTunes 12.2.1 labels them as “Matched” or “Purchased,” files you previously downloaded with a status of “Apple Music” are still locked with FairPlay 2 DRM. If you select them and hit the Delete Song button above, the tracks will be removed from your library, and seemingly from iTunes in the Cloud, as well. After deleting a test file that was DRM-locked by Apple Music, we found that iTunes 12.2.1 refused to allow the downloaded file to be returned to the iTunes library, or even to play it at all. The easiest way to avoid this is to follow the support document’s procedure carefully to avoid losing some of your Matched and Purchased music.

Thankfully, if you accidentally delete some of your iTunes Store-purchased music from the iCloud Music Library, you can recover it with a workaround. Go into your iTunes Account > Account Info > iTunes in the Cloud > Hidden Purchases > Manage. You should find accidentally deleted songs and albums there. Unhide them… but this doesn’t seem to be enough to let you redownload them. In our test, deleted but unhidden tracks didn’t re-appear in the iCloud Music Library.


So go into iTunes Preferences, uncheck iCloud Music Library, and hit OK. You’ll see your library of on-computer and iTunes purchased content, including files deleted from the iCloud Music Library. Hit the cloud download button to restore your accidentally deleted songs. Then go back into iTunes Preferences, turn iCloud Music Library back on, and hit OK. Your deleted tracks will be reunited with your library, and downloads will be free of iTunes Music’s FairPlay DRM.

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More about DRM & How to Remove DRM from iTunes Media Content

As DRM is so annoying, many of you who have a lot of media files got from iTunes may in urgent need to find a way to get rid of the DRM for good. Here we will introduce you some top-leading iTunes DRM removal tools in the market to help you bypass FairPlay DRM once and for all.

Remove DRM from iTunes M4V Movies/TV Shows

To remove DRM protection from movies and TV shows on iTunes store, TunesKit DRM M4V Converter (Mac & Windows) could be the best option. It’s able to not only strip DRM from iTunes movie rentals and purchases, but also convert the DRM-ed M4V files to DRM-free MP4 at 20x super fast speed. Besides, it can also keep the original AC3 5.1 audio, subtitles as well as video resolution. By using this smart iTunes M4V Converter, you can easily enjoy any iTunes video on multiple media players and devices as you like.

Remove DRM from iTunes & Audible Audiobooks

If you have bought many audiobooks from iTunes and Audible store, you can use TunesKit DRM Audiobook Converter (Mac & Windows) to convert the DRM-protected M4B, AA, AAX, M4A audiobook files to unprotected MP3, AAC, WAV, FLAC, M4A at 30x faster without quality loss. With the help of TunesKit Audiobook Converter, you can import the iTunes and Audible audiobooks to any MP3 players for listening.

Remove DRM from iTunes M4P Music Files

For iTunes music files with DRM protection, you are suggested to get rid of the DRM with the help of Aimersoft DRM Media Converter for Windows. It can not only convert DRM-ed iTunes M4P music files, but also work on any other DRM-ed audio and video formats.


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