If you had a better copy of something weird, it didn't care - whatever shite 64kbps garbagetrack recorded directly off cassette tape that some monkey uploaded, it would forever trump your own shit.
Rose-tinted glasses off, this was a trash feature especially for, say, ripping YT audio into MP3's. All the more jank when going back in a re-formatting the track to categorize properly. That or uploading music like flac's or rando metal bands that somehow made their way onto the Play Store later.
(Guess that's where this comes from)
then I put a couple more albums in my iTunes, which were scraped by Google Play Music, and suddenly Google Play Music had three albums. No rights no nuthin' traded hands there.
Google Play Music was a piece of shit that everyone loves only because everything else is worse. Fortunately I'm a rich asshole that can run my own Plex server with Tidal on it but goddamn music technology took a turn for the worse about 2003.
It was iTunes or Google Play for a long ass time, and straddling both OS was a pain anyways. Might be why I'm enjoying Spotify a bit more now. Lemme tell ya, the shuffle feature might suck, but the radio function cranks out bangers for finding new bands.
Living the good life with Tidal, hmmm? I'll take a peek at this.