A seemingly minor update to iTunes should please Classical music fans and could mean bigger royalty checks for newer composers. Late last week, Apple released iTunes version 12.3.2 for OS X, bringing it in line with the recent iOS 9.2 update. Aside from some unspecified bug and stability fixes, the update "allows you to see works, composers, and performers while browsing Classical music in the Apple Music catalog" on your desktop.
Classical music enthusiasts often have a hard time finding certain works because distributors and music streaming services focus metadata -- descriptions of recordings and compositions -- on broad fields like artist, album and song titles. That’s problematic for a genre of music where symphonic recordings don’t necessarily single out soloists, movements or even the composer.
As previously reported, artists and rights holders can't be properly paid if digital services and performing rights organizations don't have full, accurate metadata. Similarly, digital services can't properly pay royalties without accurate metadata. This shortcoming even led to the creation of a Classical-centric digital distributor called Dart.