4 Apple Music Tips For New Users (#3’s My Favorite)


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In the three-plus years since Apple Music was first introduced, Apple’s streaming music service, whose main competitor is Spotify, has garnered tens of millions of paying users. Matter of fact, Statista say Apple Music now has over 50 million paying subscribers. That’s a ton! But Spotify does still have more–over 80 million.

Apple has been able to increase its userbase so rapidly because the company has rapidly iterated on its service–making it more user-friendly and working out many of its early bugs and UX bottlenecks. Still, if you’re an Apple Music subscriber, did you know you can make the service even better than it is?

Well, you can. That’s why we’ve created this guide: to show you the top hidden tips and tricks so you can get the most out of Apple Music.


1) Fix Your Destroyed Playlists

One HUGE bug in Apple Music is that a lot of people have found that when enabling Apple Music’s iCloud Music Library for some reason it destroys their existing playlists and metadata for songs in those playlists. Incorrect songs are added to the playlist, the correct songs are deleted, and even the album artwork for songs gets messed up.

At first many people whom this happened to thought their only option was to revert to a backed up iTunes library, but a couple of clever victims on Apple’s Support Communities found out that you could fix this problem by performing the following steps:

  1. Close iTunes
  2. Navigate to your iTunes folder
  3. Choose a former .itl file from Previous iTunes Libraries (preferably the most recent one before the Apple Music disaster) and drag it into the iTunes folder
  4. Rename the messed up .itl to iTunes Library (Corrupt).itl
  5. Rename the previous iTunes library that you just dragged into iTunes Library.itl
  6. Open iTunes. Your music library should be restored to perfection!


2) Make Apple Music Available Offline

Apple Music is awesome because it gives you access to over 50 million songs–if you have an Internet connection. Of course, there are many times we may not have a net connection–on a plane, for instance. Thankfully Apple allows you to make any Apple Music song or album available for offline listening by saving the song file to your device.

  1. Select the song or album you want to save for offline listening.
  2. Tap the three dots (…) by its name.
  3. Tap “Make Available Offline” from the pop-up menu.

3) Stream Apple Music On Your Amazon Echo Device

Apple and Amazon have mended ways and now you can stream Apple Music through its Echo devices. To do so, just follow these steps:

  1. Open the Alexa app on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Tap the Settings icon in the top left corner of the Alexa app (the icon with 3 lines).
  3. Tap Settings > Music.
  4. Tap Apple Music and then log in with your Apple Music credentials (usually this is your Apple ID and password).

And if you want to set Apple Music as the default music streaming service on your Echo, just follow these steps:

  1. Now, open the Alexa app on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Tap the Settings icon in the top left corner of the Alexa app (the icon with 3 lines).
  3. Tap Settings > Music.
  4. Tap “Choose default music services”.
  5. Select Apple Music for both the “Default music library” and the “Default station service”.

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4) Turn Off Apple Music Subscription Auto-Renew

If you want to try out Apple Music you can do so free for three months (from the date you first sign up for it, not from the date Apple Music launched). This is a great feature on Apple’s part as it allows people who might not be comfortable with a streaming subscription to try it out for themselves at no cost.

Yet once the three-month free trial is over, Apple will start billing you monthly. That is, unless you disable your Apple Music subscription auto-renew before your free trial ends. Thankfully, Apple makes disabling your auto-renew as easy as a few taps (unlike other music subscription services).

  1. On any Apple Music screen tap on your account icon in the upper-left corner. This icon looks like the silhouette of a person.
  2. Tap “View Apple ID” and sign in to your iTunes account.
  3. Under the “Subscriptions” menu tap “Manage”.
  4. Tap on your Apple Music Membership. This should currently be “Active.”
  5. Under “Renewal Options” toggle the “Automatic Renewal” switch to OFF and confirm this selection.

Once you’ve done this you’ll still be able to use the remainder of your Apple Music free trial. Once the three month period is over you’ll have to manually subscribe to Apple Music to continue enjoying the streaming service.

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