Anytune plays songs directly from your music library.
Catalina (macOS 10.15) and Apple's Music app changed to how the Music apps interact with your media library. Support for these changes is built into Anytune 2.3. If you are using Anytune 2.2 or lower see Anytune Mac does not see iTunes songs.
For Anytune 2.3 and higher
Anytune queries the Music app to determine the location of songs in your Music library. The Music library currently connected to the Music app will be reported.
If Anytune does not display the same songs that are displayed in the Music app try these fixes:
- Click the Refresh button or Select Anytune Menu > Sync with iTunes to initiate a sync.
You will see: "iTunes Sync Complete" in the bottom/left message bar.
See Auto-Sync iTunes / Music app Libraries - Anytune 2.3 and greater.
There is a known problem with Apple Music creating duplicate playlists and lots of suggestions to fix the problem including How to Fix and Prevent the iTunes Duplicate Playlists Problem (2020 Update). If you see duplicates in Anytune it is likely the music app is reporting them to Anytune.
Play the song in the Music app
If a specific song will not play, play the song in the Music app. Playing the song should update your music database that is reported to Anytune.
If you are using the iCloud Music Library the songs may not actually be downloaded to the computer. You may need to download the songs you want from iCloud (there is a little cloud icon to download the song).
A restart should not be necessary, but sometimes it works.
- Quit Anytune on your Mac
- Quit the Music app on your Mac
- Start the Music app again - check to make sure that you see all of the songs that you expect
(download them if they are in the iCloud Music Library and not physically on your Mac)
- Start Anytune
Force an update
Nudge the Music app to reexamine your library with the following procedure:
- Go into the Music app Preferences > Files tab
- Disable "Keep Music Media folder organized" and click OK
- Enable "Keep iTunes Media folder organized" and click OK
Toggling this value off and on should trigger the Music app to update all of the file locations in the Music database.
Allow access to drive
Anytune can access libraries on external drives. You must provide permission (allow access) to Anytune to read a folder. You will be asked to allow access once. the first time to try to access a new folder. You can give permission for the entire drive or top level folder so you will not be asked again.
Switch to another iTunes library
Anytune is provided information for the Music Library connected to the Music app. You can change which library the Music app is using.
- Quit both the Music app and Anytune applications.
- Hold down the Option key, then open the Music app.
- In the window that appears, click Choose Library.
- Select a library, then click Choose.
- Ensure you see all of the songs that you expect to see.
(download them if they have not been downloaded)
- Launch Anytune.
Remove unusual characters in song Title, Artist, Album
If your song titles contains unusual characters the Music app may have trouble sharing this information with Anytune.
You can search the contents of the "iTunes Music Library.xml" file for the song title text that is missing from Anytune using TextEdit or similar app. If the song is not found than the XML is not being updated.
Look for songs in the Music app that have unusual characters and delete those songs.
Please report a problem if these actions do not resolve the issue.
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