macOS Monterey 12.1 update triggered metadata bug in Music app comes to light

Apple Music is without a doubt one of the most widely used audio streaming services on the internet competing with the likes of Spotify, Deezer, and Amazon Music.

The Cupertino-based tech giant recently added several new features like Spatial Audio and Dolby Atmos. Needless to say, users were happy with the service since its competitors seem to be lacking these.


But lately, users have reported several issues with the service with some users recently reporting that the much-hyped Spatial Audio feature was not working on Apple’s M1 Mac after macOS 12 Monterey update.

User reports indicated that Monterey was causing the issue and hoped for a fix in a future build. Now, with the release of macOS Monterey 12.1, Apple Music users are reporting that the update triggered a metadata bug.

Many say that when they try to modify the metadata of any audio file, the app ignores the changes reverts to the original state.


All of a sudden I can’t change metadata for songs uploaded to my iCloud Music Library on my MacBook. Is there any bug on macOS Monterey 12.1? I upload the songs, then I remove the downloads from my MacBook and the I change the metadata and sync my library again. I’ve done it this way since forever and it always worked. But now after it finished uploading/updating my library the changes get reverted back for the original ones. Need help since this is driving me crazy not having artists names.

So… the Music app isn’t working correctly… what’s new. The Music app, since Monterey launched, has been… broken, to say the least. It’s become much, much worse with 12.1 though. Has anyone else noticed that any metadata changes one makes are immediately reverted back to their original state upon closing the app? It’s made it aggravating to add anything to the app now – I tried adding loads of composer metadata into one of my albums, and upon opening the app next, all my changes just didn’t exist anymore. Not to mention the app crashing more frequently now as well as it being generally slower now.

This is really frustrating since the audio metadata of a file may be incorrect or at times users might want to change it just to organize their library.

Unfortunately, Apple is yet to say anything on the matter, so it still remains if the Apple Music metadata bug will be fixed in a future version of macOS Monterey or not.

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Anurag Chawake

My fascination with technology and computers goes back to the days of Windows XP. Since then, I have been tinkering with OS, mobile phones, and other things. When I am not working on anything, you will find me enjoying video games on some Discord server.