If you want a go-to music app that connects you with all the right features you need and want on an everyday basis, Apple Music may be the app for you. You may see the price of $9.99 a month (for one person) and think its pricy, but Apple Music provides you with enough functions and features to be well worth the price. To start out, the $9.99 price only comes into play 3 months after you first try it. They currently are offering a free 3 month trial on their website so you receive a decent amount of time to get accustomed to the app and it’s capabilities.
Do you have family members that could use a music app? If you do, then there is a family plan available for up to 6 family members for only $14.99. Not only is the price per person low for the family plan, it also allows you to access iCloud family sharing (A way to easily share all the music of your family members into one connected playlist).
Now let me take you through the app and provide a description of the different categories.
Once you open up your Apple Music app, your “Library” is the first category available. In this area, you are able to see your own music library (if you have it uploaded/downloaded onto your phone). It also give you relevant categories such as Recently Added, My Top Rated, Top 25 Most Played, and other categories to organize your imported music library. If you have an iCloud music library, this would also be where it would show up.
(2) “For You”
In the “For You” category (the above picture on the left), Apple Music uses your input on the “Get Started” tab to customize this page with handpicked playlists & albums based on your selections.
Also, this is the page where you can check your account information by clicking the red person in the top right corner. The account settings screen should look identical to the above picture on the right, and this is where you can view your Apple ID, change your name and redeem gift cards.
On the browse page, Apple Music gives you plenty of useful shortcuts for browsing the endless amounts of great music available for you to listen to. The big pictures on the top that you can swipe through right-to-left are the newest albums available on Apple Music… If you are looking for a quick way to access the newest material, the “New Albums” or the “New Music” category are good areas to look through.
Below the “New Albums” area, Apple Music has a variety of categories to make it easy to find what you are looking for. It gives you the option of choosing between New Music, Curated Playlists, Videos, Top Charts, and Genres. All of these options provide fantastic ways to find the newest and hottest music around at the touch of a finger. You could browse music for days upon days in this area.
Besides all the curated and handpicked playlists, genres, and charts, Apple Music also provides a “Radio” category. On this page, you can either check out the featured and live radio stations at the top (the ones with big pictures in the right-to-left swipe through area), or you can look at the categories below that.
You get to choose between “Beats 1 Shows” or “Radio Stations” and then you can browse to find a show or station that you may like; once you find and start playing a station or show, that station/show will now be conveniently available to you under the sub-category “Recently Played.” This provides an easy way to find the recent stations or shows that you enjoyed listening to.
Last but not least is the “Search” category page. This page allows you to search all of Apple Music for your favorite bands or songs; it also allows you to find the most trending artists or songs in the “Search” area.
As you can see, when you search for an artist (such as “The Weeknd” in the above example), the Apple Music search will pull up the “Top Results” (includes artist profiles, songs and albums) as well as a section for specifically “Albums.” If you keep scrolling down on the page you would see sections for categories such as Songs, Videos, Artists, Playlists and more. In the above example, the best place to go would be the Artist Profile so I’m going to touch on the top result labeled “The Weeknd” with the profile pic.
This is what the Artists Profile looks like once you go into it. From here, you have access to that Artist’s Top Songs, Latest Releases, Albums, Videos, Playlists, Artist Description/Info, Connected Social Media posts, and Similar Artists. Take a note of the “+” symbol on the right of each song as I will talk about that below.
To reach this menu, you will need to hold/press down on the song name long enough for this menu to appear (this may only work on newer iPhones/Smartphones). One important thing to note is the “Add to Library” and the “+” symbol next to it. This plus symbol can be accessed from outside the menu as well and it allows you to add the song to your iCloud music library if you have one set up.
If not, there are plenty of other options available on this menu. You can Add to a Playlist, Play Next or Play Later (Play Next means that you add the song next up on your song queue of music that will play; note that Play Next always adds the song directly next so as you add songs, the others ones you chose Play Next for will be pushed back in line. Play Later adds the song to the end of the current queue), Create Station, Share Song (through text, email, social media), Lyrics (to see the songs lyrics), and a Love and Dislike option to keep track of favorite songs.
As you can see, the Apple Music app is very beneficial to lovers of music that want a go-to app for everything music. It’s not a very expensive app for all that you get out of it. In fact, here is Ten Things Americans Waste the Most Money On, and a quick spoiler is that the annual cost of Apple Music is considerably less than all these ten things.
Now you know a little bit more about the benefits of Apple Music and why it may be a worthwhile investment for you or a friend. If you are interested in other technology articles, make sure to subscribe to our blog in the top right corner and follow our social accounts below!
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