With the recent release of iOS 8.4 came Apple’s promised Apple Music and Beats 1 services. Apple breaks into the streaming competition and goes head-to-head-to-head against Google Play Music All Access and Spotify Premium. While it may seem like a simple app to use, it may be a bit confusing and chaotic at times. Here’s a couple of tips that might help you out.
Disable Apple Music Connect
Apple seems to believe that following your favorite band’s or artist’s Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram accounts aren’t enough. Hence, Apple Music Connect. Apple touts this service as an “unfiltered” connection between fans and artists, allowing artists to post songs and videos, rough edits of things they’re working on, and more. Fans can also comment and like any of the content the artists post. Incidentally, these are all things artists and fans can do on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
Turns out, you don’t have to use the service at all! However, if you just ignore the tab in Apple Music, it may seem a bit clunky. You can actually disable the service completely and replace the Connect tab with a Playlists tab.
Just go to Settings > General > Restrictions and enable the Restrictions. Once you’ve entered the passcode, you’ll be able to scroll down and disable Apple Music Connect. Now you’re all set to avoid Apple’s social network for music and easily access your favorite playlists.
View Album of Selected Song
If you’re listening to a song and tap the three dots in the lower right corner of your device, you’ll be shown a few options: Start Station; Remove from/Add to My Music; Show in iTunes Store; Share song; Add to a Playlist. You get a few more options if you select a song that is not playing, such as Play Next. What if you want to view the rest of the album of whatever song you’re listening to, though? Tapping the artist and album names on the Now Playing screen just bring up star ratings. Sure, you can search for it. But that’s not intuitive. Apple obviously has an easier way to do this, right? In fact, they do! However, it’s “hidden” because most users probably don’t know it’s a tapable button.
This is tapable and takes you to the album. How the hell is anybody supposed to discover that? pic.twitter.com/efFOJtTAi8
— Red Diglett (@mitchell209) July 5, 2015
That’s right. There’s something you can actually tap to bring you to the album of a selected song. From there, you can shuffle the album or even view the artist’s page.
That’s all for now! Keep checking back for more tips and tricks for your favorite devices!