The Music App translates music names in current language

Number:rdar://34575943 Date Originated:September 22 2017, 2:48 AM
Status:Closed Resolved:
Product:iTunes Product Version:
Classification:Bug Reproducible:Always
Background: I live in Japan, I set up my devices' language (interface) to English ... While this is specific I guess it works for all other combinations.

The Music App/iTunes displays a lot of Japanese songs in "Romaji" (Latin version of the pronunciation) rather than keeping them in Japanese (Kana or Kanji).
This makes it very hard to:
- Read the song name (there are no spaces in Japanese)
- Search for a song (as the Japanese name doesn't return Romaji transcript and vice versa)
- Have an organized library.
- Use Siri to play a song (especially with the combination English Display + Japanese Siri)

Which is annoying as Switching the interface to Japanese (or any other language) gets a localized name that can be completely different from the english/original version.

I don't know how you can handle that, but one idea is to do like with units (temperature, currency, etc), have the option in settings to "Display Original Names" or "Display Localized Names".
As this is problematic not only for Japanese, but all non latin scripts (Arabic, Chinese, Hebrew, Korean, etc)



Thank you,

Filled under rdar #36174789

By farid.saidi at Dec. 22, 2017, 1:46 p.m. (reply...)

Apple Developer Relations

Can you please file a separate enhancement request for the following?

“I think it would be good if we had an option to switch the display language of these apps independently of the phone. This is especially true for countries with multiple languages.”

By farid.saidi at Dec. 22, 2017, 1:46 p.m. (reply...)

Apple Developer Relations

This issue must be cache issue. You need to reset cache by switching store front. Follow steps below.

  • Go to iTunes(Not Music App) on iOS device
  • Scroll down to the bottom. Tap ‘Sign In’
  • Tap ‘Create new Apple ID’
  • In ‘Create new Apple ID’ page, select region to ‘US’, agree to ‘terms and condtion’ then tap ‘Next’. You can ignore Mail/Password/Confirm section.
  • Tap ‘Cancel’
  • Scroll down to the bottom and Tap ‘Sign In’
  • Sign in with Japan store account.

You’ll see Japanese artist name in Japanese (or English if it’s primary name).

By farid.saidi at Dec. 22, 2017, 1:45 p.m. (reply...)

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