Since its launch, Apple Music seems to be getting better and better. Available through iTunes, iOS, and (awesome) Android, you get access to lots of music for just a few dollars a month.
In practice, however, you may not get the maximum value out of your Apple Music subscription. There are some useful features that are not highlighted enough or you may not be aware of.
This is why we decided to point out some tips that will help you get the most out of your Apple Music experience.
Find the “Basic” and “Next Steps” playlists
Unlike services like Pandora, Apple Music uses many human-curated playlists. You’ll get a variety of recommended playlists that Apple updates at fixed intervals. So be sure to save any new songs you like to your own playlist, or you’ll lose those tunes once the new list is published.
Pretty much everyone knows about the curated and created playlists that Apple Music drives you to, but there are two types of playlists that you won’t see under the recommendations but are nonetheless extremely useful.
These lists use an artist’s name along with the word “essentials” or “next steps.” If you want to get acquainted with a new artist’s discography, the essentials list will provide you with all the most accessible, mainstream and popular songs from their album list.
If none of these songs garner your interest, chances are this artist isn’t for you. This is especially helpful because many artists have deep libraries on Apple Music, and who has time to figure out which songs you should try first?
If you like what you hear on the list of essentials, the next list of steps will take you to the B-sides and often the less mainstream works of the musicians in question. Feeding both playlists will provide enough samples to decide if the band you just heard on the radio is worth the time commitment.
Maximum streaming quality
Sadly, Apple Music doesn’t currently offer audiophile-grade music, but for most people the sound should be good enough. That is, as long as you are listening to your stream over WiFi. By default, the app is set to only stream at the highest quality over Wi-Fi.
The lower stream quality is actually quite noticeable when using headphones or playing on a car stereo, two situations where you might be using mobile data, to begin with. You can override this in your app’s settings.
On Android, tap the three dots, tap Settings, then tap mobile data.
Now just convert “High quality on mobile network“To continue.
On iOS, go to the general iOS settings page, tap Musicclap Mobile data and transform High quality streaming continue.
Of course, if you’re working with limited or expensive mobile data, you can turn off mobile streaming entirely, but those of us with cheap or unlimited plans also can enjoy additional quality when pressed.
Download your playlist
If you don’t have time to stream music over mobile data or simply don’t have constant internet access, you should really consider downloading your playlist.
Not only will downloading always be at the highest quality, you can save yourself a lot of trouble by preparing for your commute or for other times away from home and WiFi.
It couldn’t be easier either, just tap the cloud icon at the top of the playlist and your tracks will start downloading to local storage.
Apple Music has some pretty good options when it comes to adjusting the sound going down your ear canal. On iOS, there are a lot of EQ presets, and on Android you can get even more if your particular phone offers special sound options. For example, on our Galaxy S8 device, you’ll be taken directly to the phone’s adaptive audio features.
Regardless of the specific EQ options you have, pick one that suits your taste and the speakers or headphones you’re using will turn that flat sound into something much more pleasing. On iOS, you’ll find it under iOS Settings > Music > EQ on Android, which you can access directly from the app by tapping the three dots then tapping settings, And after that EQ.
Using the Lyrics Feature
We all have our favorite songs to which we have also misheard the lyrics. Some songs are also very difficult to understand. One of the nice things about buying physical albums is that the booklet inserts often have the lyrics printed inside. This means you can learn the words correctly, or at least finally figure out what the hell the vocalist is singing.
Luckily with Apple Music, you don’t have to lose this special feature. As long as the artist has provided lyrics, you can actually call out lyrics for any song while it’s playing.
All you have to do is tap the three dots in the playing window. Then touch Lyrics. If the specific song doesn’t have lyrics available, the option won’t be there.
Now we can finally find out what Daddy Snow sang in Informer!
Using the Ranking System and Creating Stations
Apple Music creates playlists for you at fixed times, but you can also instantly create “Radio” stations based on specific songs. While a song you like is playing, just tap the three dots then tap Create station.
You can also go to Radio tabs and stations that Apple has created. So there are many ways to create music selections when you are running out of things to listen to.
What you may not know is that in all these cases you can rate the songs that will appear! The problem is that the review buttons are a bit hidden. You have to tap the three dots in the playing window to show “Love and cherish” and “Dislike” button. It’s worth rating the songs as it will give better future recommendations!
Change Order Next
This is very easy to miss. While you’re playing any playlist (yes, even Apple ones), you can change the order of upcoming tracks by simply swiping up on the playing screen.
Then just drag and drop the songs using the small horizontal lines to the right of the song title. This is a great trick if you want to move your favorite songs into a created playlist for them to play back.
Life is just a flow
Apple Music has a lot going for it right now, and by implementing a few of these tips, you’re sure to discover and enjoy music more than ever. So go ahead and kick on! Or Jazz on. Really, any music will do.
Top image sources: Apple Newsroom