How to search for a song from Apple Music? Are you still only searching a song by name? I am afraid that old method is not good enough. Good news! Now you can search Apple Music by composer.
MBW has spotted that if users choose to ‘edit’ their Apple Music Library in the latest version of the mobile app, they can choose which browsing categories are displayed when they revisit the platform in future. By default, these categories include Playlists, Artists, Albums and Songs. However, additional categories available in ‘edit’ today also include Video, Genres, Compilations and… Composers.
MBW played around with the ‘Composers’ option today. Here’s what we found. First, the limitations: only downloaded (ie. iTunes mp3) or streaming songs which have been saved to your personal library (offline or online) are currently searchable by composer. That’s still a step in the right direction for a function many behind-the-scenes songwriters have been crying out for.
We cached two albums from different time periods to highlight the goods: Kanye West’s The Life Of Pablo (2016) and Stevie Wonder’s Signed, Sealed, Delivered (1970). Subsequently, under ‘Composer’, tracks from both albums are now listed by their co-writers. In West’s case, that includes people such as Chris Brown, Christopher Breaux, Cydel Young and Abel Tesfaye (aka The Weeknd). In Wonder’s case, it includes co-writers such as Don Hunter and Lee Garrett.
When searching our entire personal library – and remember, the tracks don’t have to be ‘cached’ but they must at least be ‘saved’ – we were able to hunt for songs specifically using individual songwriter names. For example, searching ‘Cydel Young’ threw up a handful of Kanye West tracks such as Black Skinhead and, from Life of Pablo, Famous and Facts.
The next obvious step for Apple would be to roll out this function to the whole of its ‘online’ service – not just those tracks you have saved to your personal library. Arguably, it’s already a bit of a one-up on its rivals over at Spotify, TIDAL et al. Apple, remember, has also been hiring in-house lyrics specialists – presumably so it doesn’t have to rely on a third-party partner when launching karaoke-style functions in future.
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