Frequently, iTunes will download an album version or an alternate version of a song that I already have. I think it does this whenever I play a song that iTunes thinks I should have their version. At one point, it doubled nearly every one of my 20GB of songs. It took me hours to delete everything, reinstall iTunes, and still lose all my meta data.
Now less than a week later, it's starting to happen again.
a) Why is this happening? My preferences has "Apple Music Connect" and "Show Apple Music" both as disabled.
b) Is there an alternative that doesn't require using several different programs to move music & files easily & automatically? I have many podcasts, playlists, books, and apps. I know this question belongs in another thread. But I'm frustrated enough to scream.