6 Tips to Get the Most Out of Apple Music.
Since its launch, Apple Music seems to have gotten better and better. Available through iTunes, iOS and (surprisingly) Android, you get access to a lot of music for just a few dollars a month.
However, you may not really get the most out of your Apple Music subscription. There are quite a few useful features that are not highlighted enough or you may not be aware of.
That is why we decided to give you some tips to help you get the most out of Apple Music.
Find playlists “Basics” and “Next Steps”
Unlike services like Pandora, Apple Music makes heavy use of human-created playlists. You will receive many featured playlists, which Apple updates at regular intervals. So be sure to save any new songs you like in your playlists, otherwise you will lose those tunes after the new list is published.
Pretty much everyone knows about the carefully curated and crafted playlists that Apple Music offers you, but there are two types of playlists that you won’t see in the recommendations, which are extremely useful nonetheless.
In these lists, the artist name is used in conjunction with the word “main” or “next steps”. If you want to get acquainted with the discography of a new artist, in the Essentials lists you will find all the most accessible, popular and popular songs from their list of albums.
If none of these songs interest you, chances are this artist is not for you. This is especially helpful as many artists have vast libraries in Apple Music and who has time to figure out which songs you should try first?
If you like what you hear on the essentials list, then the following list of steps will introduce you to the B-sides and, usually, the less popular works of the respective musicians. After listening to both lists, you will get more than enough samples to decide if the band you just heard on the radio is worth the time.
Maximum streaming quality
Unfortunately, Apple Music does not currently provide audiophile grade music, but for most people, the sound will sound more than good enough. That is, while you are listening to your stream over Wi-Fi. By default, the app is configured to only stream in the highest quality over Wi-Fi.
The lower stream quality is actually quite noticeable when using headphones or playing on a decent car stereo – these are two situations where you’re probably using cellular data to begin with. You can change this in the app settings.
On Android, tap three dots, tap settings, then tap cellular data.
Now just turn on High Quality Cellular.
On iOS, go to the iOS General Settings page, tap Music, tap Mobile Data, and turn on High-Quality Streaming.
Of course, if you’re working with limited or expensive mobile data, you can turn off cellular streaming entirely, but those of us with cheap or unlimited data plans can also enjoy the extra quality on tap.
Download your playlists
If you can’t stream music on your mobile phone or you just don’t have constant internet access, you should really consider downloading your playlists.
Not only are the downloads always high quality, you can save a ton of hassle by getting ready for your commute or other times away from home and Wi-Fi.
It couldn’t be easier either: just hit the cloud icon at the top of the playlist and your tracks will start uploading to local storage.
Apple Music has some pretty good options for changing the sound going into the ear buds. There are tons of equalizer presets on iOS, and on Android you can get even more if your particular phone offers custom sound options. For example, on our Galaxy S8, you jump straight to the adaptive audio features of your phone.
Regardless of the specific EQ settings, choosing from which to suit your tastes and the speakers or headphones you use, will transform this flat sound into something much more enjoyable. On iOS, you’ll find it under iOS Settings Music Equalizer. On an Android device, you can get there directly from the app by tapping the three dots, then Settings and then Equalizer.
Use the songs feature
We all have our favorite songs, the lyrics of which we also did not hear. Some songs are also just illegible. One of the nice things about buying physical albums was that the lyrics of each song were often printed on the liners of the booklets. This meant you could learn the words correctly, or at least finally figure out what the hell the vocalist was singing.
Fortunately, with Apple Music, you don’t have to lose this feature. If the artist has provided lyrics, you can call up lyrics to any song as it plays.
All you have to do is click on the three dots in the playback window. Then click “Text”. If there is no lyrics for a specific song, there simply won’t be such an option.
Now we can finally understand what Deddy Snow sang in Informer!
Use a rating system and create stations
Apple Music creates playlists for you at fixed intervals, but you can also immediately create radio stations based on specific songs. When playing your favorite song, just tap the three dots, then tap Create Station.
You can also go to the Radio tab and play stations created by Apple. So there are many ways to choose music when you have nothing to listen to.
You may not know that under all these circumstances, you can rate the songs that appear! The problem is the rating buttons are a bit hidden. You need to click on three dots in the window that is currently playing to open the “Love” and “Dislike” buttons. It’s worth it to rate the songs as it will make future suggestions better!
Change the next order
This is very easy to miss. While you’re playing any playlist (yes, even Apple), you can change the order of the next tracks by simply swiping up on the screen that is currently playing.
Then you simply drag and drop the songs using the little horizontal lines to the right of the track title. This is a great trick if you want to move your favorite songs into the generated list so that they play one after the other.
Life is just a stream
There’s a lot to do with Apple Music right now, and by applying some of these tips, you’re sure to discover more music and enjoy it than ever before. So go ahead and go! Or jazz. Indeed, any music will do.
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