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Fixing Uncommon iTunes Errors

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Songs Don't Download

Problem may occur if you:

- Have iCloud Music Library enabled (either iTunes Match or Music)

- Own more than 1 Apple ID

- Have purchases from other Apple IDs uploaded onto your iCloud Music Library

Symptoms you may face:

- Songs refuse to download on iOS

- Error -206 when trying to download on iTunes

- Occasionally downloads will work

To fix the issue:

- Remove any songs you have in your iCloud Music Library that were purchased from your secondary Apple IDs

- Select 'Update iCloud Music Library' in File > Library

- Remove all iTunes tags from your purchased M4A files from your secondary Apple IDs using Mp3tag's Extended Tags feature

- Convert your M4A files to any lossless format using a media converter (I use ALAC)

- Upload the ALAC files to your iCloud Music Library

- Select 'Update iCloud Music Library' in File > Library

- (Optional) Create AAC versions of the ALAC files in your iCloud Music Library and remove the ALAC versions (saves space, but may reduce audio quality)

Theories for the issue:

- Purchase information is retained even though extended tags are removed, requiring a re-encode to completely remove

- iCloud Music Library automatically refuses downloads if songs are purchased from another account, most likely to prevent piracy

- iTunes Match matches the songs using information from the extended tags, which results in corrupted matches (most likely occurs if purchases are made on account from another region)

Song Uploads/Downloads Keep Stopping Randomly

Problem may occur if you:

- Have iCloud Music Library enabled (either iTunes Match or Apple Music)

- Do not have an active iCloud plan larger than 5GB

- Have an iCloud Music Library that is significantly larger than your iCloud storage

- Are attempting to download/upload large numbers of songs from your iCloud Music Library

Symptoms you may face:

- Uploads stop at any random step of the upload process and do not continue until 'Update iCloud Music Library' is selected

- Downloads stop halfway and do not continue until iTunes is restarted

- Corrupted uploads/downloads (songs in library that cannot be downloaded)

To fix the issue:

- Purchase an iCloud storage plan larger than 5GB

- Alternatively: Connect to a VPN

Theories for the issue:

- Apple still somehow uses your iCloud storage to upload songs

- Apple uses your iCloud storage as a cache for iCloud Music Library uploads

Do let me know if you have any other solutions, theories, or problems you want to add! Just wanted to share because I found no guide to solve these 2 problems online.

 


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