iTunes 12.2.1 update prompt

Apple on Monday issued a bug-fix update to iTunes for Mac and Windows. iTunes 12.2.1, available through the Software Update mechanism or standalone via, fixes a pair of issues with iTunes Match, Apple’s $25 per year song identification service. In addition, it contains minor bug fixes and improvements for Beats 1, Apple’s free of charge 24/7 global Internet radio broadcasting in more than a hundred countries.

Apple claims that iTunes 12.2.1 resolves Beats 1 radio streaming issues that some users have complained about, including Beats 1 not responding, refuse to stream or dropping a live stream unexpectedly.

The 226-megabyte update includes the following changes:

  • Fixes an issue for iTunes Match where iTunes incorrectly changed some songs from Matched to Apple Music.
  • Provides a way to correct a library problem affecting former iTunes Match subscribers.
  • Includes minor bug fixes and improvements for Beats 1.

As mentioned before, you can download the iTunes installer for Mac or Windows straight from Apple.

Mac users can choose App Store in the Mac menu and find iTunes 12.2.1 under the Updates tab of the Mac App Store. On Windows, open the Apple Software Update application to check for updates.

Alternatively, you can fire up iTunes on your Mac or Windows PC and select the Check for Updates option in the iTunes (Mac) or Help (Windows) menu.

  • Walter White

    All my playlists are messed up, can I restore my precious library and still use apple music?

    • TheDude

      Mine are jacked too. Created playlist in Apple Music, then check the playlist on iTunes and the playlist was there…with random songs pulled from my library in it.

  • Filip Alexandrovich Parhimchik

    Did not fix it for me. Any advice?

    • I’m assuming this update fixes the issues for new migrations from older iTunes libraries. If you’re library is already messed up I don’t think there is anything you can do about it. The lesson here is backup, backup, backup and backup (did I mention backup?). Don’t trust Apple to get everything right first time since it’s inevitable that at some point in time they will f**k up in a catastrophic manner.

      • Filip Alexandrovich Parhimchik

        so can i just use my iTunes library from before the update then?

      • If you have a backup from before things got messed up I’d restore it. If not iDB has just put up an article about “How to restore Matched songs that Apple Music incorrectly wrapped with DRM to normal”. For any other issues unless you have a backup to restore you’re likely stuck with them and should probably just create a new iTunes library (although this is a massive pain and takes some time to do).

  • James G

    I’ve been working with Apple on a support ticket for this. It’s not just iTunes Match subscribers who are affected. I don’t subscribe to iTunes Match and about 400 of my songs were incorrectly re-classified as “Apple Music” and then were the only songs that would play on my iPhone after enabling iCloud Music Library. I’m working with them on a fix, but it sounds like I’ll have to completely wipe my iCloud Music Library, then re-add everything again which takes days with a 100+GB music library.

    Annoying…but worth it once it all “just works” later.

  • f96lrs

    Does it work with JB. Tool “

  • Hydro Mac

    Then latest update hasn’t fix anything.