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Apple Music Tips

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View Search History

Exploring a vast collection of music can be a daunting task. It is easy to forget what you have searched for. Fortunately, Apple Music makes it easy to recall your search history. Simply tap the clock icon on the right of the search field.

Tap Clock Icon for Apple Music Search History

A panel with your search history will be displayed.

Apple Music Search History Screen

You can tap on an item to display the search results. Tap on Clear and confirm to delete recent searches.

View Album Details from “…” Menu

If you’ve used Apple Music for some time, you’ve probably noticed that the “…” menu is everywhere. This actually provides a handy shortcut to an album’s detail screen. Simply tap the “…” menu and then tap on the track information at the top of the menu.

Tap Song on Menu to View Album

You will see the album’s detail screen. It’s a convenient way to get to an album from a playlist.

Like it or not, the “…” menu has no “show album” option. Tapping on the currently playing song shows the album. It’s not the best usability. One would expect that tapping on a song would provide details about the song, since this “master/detail” design is ubiquitous in computing.

Use Apple Music for Alarm Sound

If you’re not a morning person, you might not want to wake up to the clinical sound of an alarm. The iOS Clock app offers many different alarm tones, but it also allows one to play songs from Apple Music. First, open the Clock app and tap on the Alarm button on the bottom of the screen. Next, tap the + button on the top right.

Tap Alarm and plus Button

Set the alarm and tap Sound.

Set Alarm and Tap Sound to Add Apple MusicYou should see a few recently played songs in the list. If these aren’t to your liking, tap on “Pick a song” and browse or search for a specific song.

Pick a Song from Apple Music for Your Alarm Tone

The Select Music menu allows for browsing and searching Apple Music and other music on your device. When you have found the right song, tap the + button to add it to the alarm.

Browse or Search for Apple Music Alarm Tone

Keep in mind, only songs that are available online (downloaded) can be use as an alarm. This makes sense, as any reliable alarm can’t depend on an Internet connection.

If you like to meditate in the morning, you can set up a guided meditation audio track as your alarm.

Meditation Tracks on Apple Music

There are also guided exercise and yoga programs for those who want to get a jump on the day.

Yoga Tracks on Apple Music

When you explore Apple Music, you will find it has a lot to offer beyond music.

Use Siri with Apple Music

Siri is the digital personal assistant featured on newer iPhones and iPads. You can launch Siri by holding down the home button or holding down the center button on your headphones. You can even launch Siri simply by saying “Hey Siri”. You can turn this feature on by going to Settings > General > Siri and turning the Hey Siri switch on. This feature only works when your iPhone or iPad is plugged in to the charger.

Turn on Hey Siri

Siri is very useful for getting information, making appointments, and offering suggestions. It is also fully integrated with Apple Music, if you have enabled the iCloud Music Library. You can ask Siri to play any song, album or artist. Additionally, the personal assistant can handle more impressive requests, like “play the top hits from 1991”.

Ask Siri to Play Top Hits

You can also manage Apple Music using Siri. Adding a song to My Music can be accomplished by telling Siri “add this to My Music”. You can tell Siri to “play more like this” indicating a preference for the song.

Ask Siri to Play More Like This

Here’s a list of useful Siri commands:

  • find out what song is playing: “what song is this?”
  • find out which album a song is from: “what album is this from?”
  • play an Apple Music playlist: “play [name of playlist]”
  • use Shazam to identify background music: “what song is this?”
  • play an album or song next: “add [song or album] to my playlist” or “play [song or album] next”
  • play top 10 songs from a month or year: “play the top 10 songs from January 1970”
  • play hit music from a specific date: “play the number one song from January 1, 1970”
  • play artist’s music based on date or order: “Play the first [artist] album”
  • play new releases: “play new music”
  • play more music like this: “play more like this”
  • play the next song: “skip”
  • play the previous song: “play previous”
  • play a cover song: “play [song] by [artist]”
  • play Beats 1 radio (or any radio station): “play Beats 1″
  • rate a song: “rate this song 4 stars” (ratings are on a scale of 1-5 stars)
  • like a song: “I like this song”
  • dislike a song: “I don’t like this song”
  • shuffle music: “shuffle”
  • shuffle specific artist or album: “shuffle [artist or album]”
  • add music to library: “add [artist, song or album] to My Music” (continue…)

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