Last year, Apple Music launched alongside a redesigned Music app on iOS, and let’s just be honest: the app was horrible. It was difficult to navigate, confusing and it lacked key features (Shuffle All, anyone?). Apple has improved the app here and there throughout the year, but with iOS 10, the Music app has been completely redone. Now Apple Music in iOS 10 gets more intuitive and far better than before.
Navigating your library is now easier
When you first open the Music app, you’ll notice the “My Music” tab is no longer available. Instead, you will find your music collection in the Library tab, which consists of content stored on your device and in your Apple Music account (if you’re a subscriber).
You can quickly jump between categories and sections of your library by tapping on the large text buttons at the top of the screen, or scroll down to view music recently added to your account. Tap on Edit in the top-right corner to add, remove, or rearrange music categories.
Perhaps most importantly, the option to view only the music stored on your device is no longer hidden through a series of menus; just tap on Downloaded Music.
“For You” is supposed to be smarter
The For You tab also has a new look, and what has thus far appeared to be better music recommendations based on my listening habits and the songs or artists I have liked within the app. Recently, Apple added two playlists in the For You section for Apple Music subscribers: My New Music Mix and My Favorites Mix. Each one is updated on a weekly basis, with new and old music alike.
Along the top is where recently played items are, with playlists curated based on the day of the week just below that. As you continue to scroll through this section, you’ll see your heavy rotation albums, artists, radio stations or playlists, and further recommendations based on your music profile.
Last but not least, Apple’s Connect service where artists can posts updates, music and videos is now located towards the bottom of the For You section. You know, if you’re into that sort of thing.
New is now under Browse
Looking for this week’s latest albums? You’ll want to tap on the Browse tab. Scroll through the thumbnail previews of albums at the top, or tap on one of the text buttons to view New Music, Curated Playlists, Top Charts and Genres.
Radio hasn’t changed all that much
You can still listen to Beats 1 radio on demand, or find older shows to listen to through the Radio tab. With the biggest change being you now need to tap on View All Stations to find featured stations outside of Beats 1, such as Classic Hip Hop or Dance.
A portable karaoke machine, of sorts
When playing music you can continue to browse through your library or Apple Music and control playback using controls just above the tabs at the bottom of the screen.
Tapping on the bar where the controls are located will open the Now Playing screen, where you can pause, skip, add a song to your library or scroll down and view what’s Up Next.
Tap on the three-dot button to do tasks like add an item to a playlist, create a station based on the song, love or dislike a tune.
How to Get Full Ownership of Apple Music
You will be impressed by the new features of Apple Music now and can’t wait to take a try. Although Apple Music allows you to download music file for offline listening, but you still cannot fully get access to your favorite music because of the Fairplay DRM protection. It has some restrictions when you want to share or keep the songs forever. If you need to remove the limitations, all you need is a practical DRM removal called Apple Music Converter to help you strip the DRM protection so as to get the DRM-free Apple Music.