New Apple Music features in iOS 17:.1: Favorites, playlist art, etc.


iOS 17.1 brings new Apple Music features like a wiser favoriting system, eight customized art work types for playlists, steered songs in playlists and extra.

Favoriting songs and custom playlist artwork in Apple Music on iPhone
Favoriting songs and customized playlist art work | Image: Christian Zibreg/iDB

These adjustments are current in the Music app on the primary betas of iOS 17.1, iPadOS 17.1 and macOS Sonoma 14.1. Apple beforehand introduced different Apple Music enhancements that may very well be added to one of many later betas, together with collaborating on the identical playlist with different customers and Apple Music‌ SharePlay for CarPlay.

iOS and iPadOS 17.1 are presently in an early testing stage. It’ll take a couple of weeks earlier than they’re launched to the general public. If you haven’t signed up for the iOS 17 beta, you’ll have the ability to use the brand new Apple Music features after updating your units.

Apple Music will get a wiser favorites system

A star icon is out there on artist pages, Now Playing, on the Lock Screen and elsewhere, and the menus now present the brand new Favorite and Undo Favorite choices.

The iPhone's Lock Screen with Now Playing showing a Favorite icon
I favorited this tune immediately on the Lock Screen | Image: Christian Zibreg/iDB

Apple can even present an mechanically up to date Favorite Songs sensible playlist. This playlist is unavailable in the present betas however could be added later.

The Favorite and Undo Favorite menu options in Apple Music on iPhone
Favorite and Undo Favorite | Image: Christian Zibreg/iDB

Anything you favourite is added to your Apple Music library and improves suggestions. The tracks you’ve added to Favorites shall be steered in playlists, too. And as a substitute of the little coronary heart icon subsequent to a monitor, the Music app now exhibits a star, whereas a dot means that is your most performed monitor in an album.

Track listing on Apple Music showing star icons next to favorited songs
Stars have changed hearts | Image: Christian Zibreg/iDB

Just just like the outdated Love system, the Favorites characteristic influences advice, so favoriting your favourite songs, albums, artists and playlists ensures the system will expose you to new music you’ll truly take pleasure in.

Like earlier than, you’ll be able to nonetheless assign a ranking to a tune from one to 5 stars by selecting the Rate Song choice after urgent and holding a monitor.

Assigning a four-star rating to a song on Apple Music on iPhone
You can nonetheless charge songs utilizing the star system | Image: Christian Zibreg/iDB

The outdated Love system is not obtainable in iOS 17.1.

How the prior Love system functioned

Before iOS 17.1, the Music app solely supported favoriting genres and artists. Favoriting genres was, and nonetheless is, a part of Apple Music’s onboarding course of. To favourite an artist, you hit the star icon on the high of their web page. To view all of your favorited artists in one place, go to Listen Now > Favorite Artists.

The Love menu option in Apple Music on iPhone
No love for the prior “Love” system | Image: Christian Zibreg/iDB

This did two issues. First, it ensured you have been notified once they launched new music. And second, it influenced the suggestions you obtained.

You may additionally like or dislike any tune, album or playlist by a complicated “Love” system. To like a tune, playlist or album, you had to decide on Love in the … (ellipsis) menu, by way of Now Playing, and many others. Annoyingly, nonetheless, you might solely see your cherished tracks in the macOS Music app, not Apple Music for the iPhone, iPad and internet.

Disliking a tune was much more complicated. There was no such factor as a Dislike choice in the menus, and unticking the Love choice wouldn’t do the trick. Instead, you had to decide on the Suggest Less Like This or Suggest Less choice to immediate Apple Music to point out you fewer comparable songs in Listen Now.

Playlist tune strategies

Suggested songs in an Apple Music playlist on iPhone
Scroll down in a playlist for steered songs | Image: Christian Zibreg/iDB

Apple Music on iOS 17.1 additionally suggests songs so as to add to a playlist based mostly in your listening habits and favorites. Go to Library > Playlists, decide certainly one of your playlists, and discover tune strategies under the tracklist. When creating a brand new playlist, Apple Music will suggest each steered songs and just lately favorited tracks.

Playlist art work choices

Playlist artwork styles in Apple Music on iPhone
You have 8 art work gross sales to select from | Image: Christian Zibreg/iDB

Another new Apple Music characteristic allows you to change a playlist’s art work by selecting from eight completely different types offered by Apple. You can do that by hitting the … (ellipsis) menu in a playlist’s upper-right nook and choosing the Edit choice.

These vary from summary geometric shapes to gradients. The chosen art work model inherits colours from the album art work or the primary tune in the playlist. For an added contact, the playlist title is mechanically overlaid in the top-left nook.

Apple Music playlist on iPhone with custom artwork
Scroll down in a playlist for steered songs | Image: Christian Zibreg/iDB

Distinct cowl photos may help you browse playlists quicker. This is a welcome addition as a result of few folks trouble to create cowl photos for playlists.

With this new choice, nonetheless, you’ll be able to substitute generic playlist art work with one thing extra visually interesting with a couple of faucets. Like earlier than, you can too change the art work for a playlist, music or video by supplying your personal picture.

When are collaborative playlists coming?

Apple Music can even achieve the flexibility for a number of customers to collaborate on playlists, with anybody ready so as to add, take away and reorder tracks. This characteristic will rely closely on the Favorites playlist, however the characteristic would possibly arrive in a future replace.

iOS 17.0 and iPadOS 17.0 introduced a couple of enhancements to the Music app, like the flexibility to crossfade songs on an iPhone or iPad.



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