Modern streaming services like Apple Music can help you create a playlist of your favorite songs. Maybe one to exercise in the gym and one to help you focus and be more productive at work.
This article will teach you how to create, populate, share, and discover Apple Music playlists. In the end, you are a professional who can take full advantage of the power of Apple Music.
How to make an Apple Music playlist
The procedure for creating a playlist on Apple Music differs depending on whether you are using a mobile device or a computer.
On iPhone, iPad, and other mobile devices, follow these steps to create a new playlist:
Start the music App and tap the library Tab.
Select in the list of categories Playlists.
Tap New playlist.
Enter a name and an optional description for your new playlist.
If you want, tap that camera -Button to use a new photo or one from your library as the cover art for the playlist.
Use the switch labeled Show in my profile and in search to see if your playlist appears on your public Apple Music profile.
Tap Add music to browse the Apple Music catalog and browse your collection for songs and albums to add.
When you're done, tap complete to save your playlist.
To create a playlist in the Music for Mac or iTunes for Windows app:
Launch the Music app and click File> New> Playlist (or use the keyboard shortcut Command + N).
Give your playlist a name and click Enter Key or click outside the text field.
How to add songs to Apple Music playlist
On an iPhone, iPad, or other mobile device, you can add songs using the following methods:
Find your playlist under Library> Playlists then tap To edit followed by Add music. That way you can add more titles until you click complete.
When browsing albums or tracks in other playlists, long press a track and select Add to a playlist.
Of the Is running now Tap on the screen ellipse (…) Button. Then choose Add to a playlist to add the current song.
Download the Shazam app, identify a song, then tap Add to and select an Apple Music playlist.
There are several ways to populate your playlists in Music for Mac or iTunes for Windows:
While browsing albums and tracks, click your song, drag it to the left sidebar, and release it over your selected playlist.
While browsing albums and songs, right-click a song and select Add to playlist> (playlist name).
By doing Is running now move the mouse over the title name. Then click on that ellipse (…) Button, and select Add to playlist> (playlist name).
How to share Apple Music playlists
To share a playlist on an iPhone, iPad, or other mobile platform, do the following:
Go to Library> Playlists and find your playlist.
Long press the playlist to bring up the menu.
Then choose Share playlist.
Finally, choose how you'd like to share a link to your playlist.
To share a playlist on Mac and Windows:
Find your playlist in the sidebar on the library Right click on it and then select Share playlist.
If in Library> Playlist View, scroll up and tap the ellipse (…Then select the key Share playlist.
Both methods generate a link that you can freely share via Messages, Facebook, AirDrop, etc. There is currently no way to revoke access to the URL. So if you want to stop sharing your playlist, the best thing to do is to duplicate it and delete the old one.
How to share playlists on your Apple Music public profile
It's also possible to view playlists for followers on your public Apple Music profile.
Go to Listen now Tab and tap your user icon (or profile picture).
Then tap the button with your name and show profile.
Tap the To edit Button.
Select the playlists that you want to make visible in your profile.
When you're finished, tap complete to save your changes.
Can you make Apple Music collaborative playlists?
Unfortunately, Apple Music doesn't let you create collaborative playlists.
How to subscribe to an Apple Music playlist
To subscribe to a friend's playlist, ask for a link using the sharing methods described above. These links open in the Music app on iOS and macOS, or in iTunes on Windows. To subscribe, open the playlist and tap the Add to to add it to your library where it will receive automatic updates.
All playlists – including those you have created and those you subscribe to – are in a single list under. displayed Library> Playlists on iOS and in the sidebar on desktop devices.
How to discover new playlists in Apple Music
Go to Listen now Tab on any platform to view recommendations based on your listening habits. Many of these playlists are automatically generated by Apple Music based on your preferences, including a Favorite Mix, a New Music Mix, and playlists based on the genres you listen to most often.
These playlists will be updated regularly as new music becomes available and your listening habits change. You can also find some more general (but curated) playlist recommendations on this page, including Artist Spotlight playlists and a list of new releases relevant to your library.
As detailed in our Top Apple Music Tips article, you can exercise Apple Music by using the love and Dislike Keys hidden under the ellipse (…) Menu. If you like or dislike a suggested playlist, Apple Music will take this into account and adjust future suggestions based on your feedback.
Another way to find similar music is to create a radio station based on a specific song. To do this, find the title that you want your playlist to be based on. Then long press the title or tap the ellipse (…) Button, and select Create station. This will automatically queue similar music from your library and the wider Apple Music library so you can hear your favorite songs and discover new ones.
Don't forget to check for playlists too
Did you know that Apple Music is curated by people? While the emphasis is on predictive suggestions based on listening habits, there is also a team of curators who update and create playlists for your listening pleasure.
To find something in particular, just search. Try looking for a genre, band or producer, album, or even a specific mood or activity. Scroll down your results until you find the suggested playlists. Here are some great examples we found:
Explore Apple Music or try something different
You made it to the end of this introduction to Apple Music! If you are new to Apple Music this should help you create, share, and discover playlists. And if you are an Apple Music veteran, you might find the recommended playlists a little enjoyable.
Apple Music is just one of several high profile music streaming services, all of which have advantages and disadvantages. If you don't just own Apple gadgets and are wondering if you should try another streaming service, feel free to check out Spotify or Google Play Music.
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