Apple Music: Getting the most from the service

I’ve spoken with countless people over the years about how I use Apple Music, and how I get the most from the service. One thing I noticed is that many of these people stopped using the service and only listened to songs they had downloaded on their iPhone. I believe the reason they do that is they feel overwhelmed.

Having access to 40 million songs is a beautiful thing, but it can also be daunting. One common thread from the people I talked to is how they tried to use Apple Music.

For the most part, people would think of bands that they liked and try to add all of those albums to their Library. After days of searching and adding music, remembering bands and adding them, Apple Music became more of a chore than an enjoyable app for them to open.

So, I set out to find a way to help these people enjoy Apple Music, build up their Library, and make their For You section customized, so they could instantly listen to Playlist and albums recommended by Apple Music.

There are two main things I came up with to make this happen:

• Apple Music should be something you listen to, not work on all the time. In other words, you shouldn’t have to continually search and add music for the service to work correctly.

• You have to give Apple Music feedback. They say that feedback is a gift—in this case, it’s true. Apple Music will reward you for your efforts.

One of the friends I tried this approach with likes the same type of music that I do—Hard Rock, Metal, Classic Metal, and Classic Rock. I could see and evaluate his results because I knew the music. I also tried it with other people—they used different genres, and it worked just as well.

What I told them to do is very simple: Stop worrying about adding music to your library and listen. I recommended listening to the Apple Music Radio stations for the music genres they liked. As they heard songs they enjoyed, Love them. If they truly loved a song or album, add it to their Library.

This approach did a few things for them. It allowed them to get away from the drudgery of just searching and adding music to their Library, and let them enjoy music again. It also increased the chances that their For You section was giving them music that would want to listen to, from new and recommended albums, to daily Playlists.

Each one of them is building up their Library organically now, instead of trying to do it all at once. They also don’t have to think about what they want to play because Apple Music Radio does all of the thinking for them.

In my opinion, the Apple Music Radio genre stations are the best in the business, and they have changed the way I listen to music. I have a great mix of classic songs and new music that keeps me interested and listening every single day.

This approach is a straightforward way to enjoy Apple Music, but it’s one that has worked for quite a few people.

Taking away that feeling of being overwhelmed by 40 million songs and having people listen to, and enjoy, the music feels like a triumph. That is, after all, what Apple Music is all about—listening.