Apple Music is rising in the ranks of music streaming services, and Apple is striving hard to hold a top position by constantly updating the service with new features. The main features, of course, are in plain view. However, there is certainly more than meets the eye. This article will cover a few tips and tricks for Apple Music that you probably were not aware of.
1. Discounts for Students
This particular feature is at the top of the list because it will save individuals cash directly. Apple slashes the Apple Music price in half for college and university students – and all you will need to do to gain access to the new rate is to sign up for UniDays with a “.edu” email address.
2. 3D Touch or Long Hold For More Options
Little is it known that 3D Touching or long holding on a specific track, playlist, artist, and pretty much anything else will bring up a whole new array of options. Personally, I find myself using “play next” and “play later” the most often for times when I do not exactly want to make a new playlist or for when I am tossing around song ideas with a friend in the car.
3. “Love” Songs and Playlists
With 3D Touch or a long hold, you can “love” songs or entire playlists – which will prompt the service to play similar songs within Radio. Want to do this hands-free? Just tell Siri, “Play more songs like this.”
4. View Lyrics
Find a song you like, then 3D Touch or long hold for the option to view the song’s lyrics. Alternatively, while in the song’s playback screen, press the three dot icon in the bottom right corner to bring up the same menu of options. No, you didn’t know the rap to that entire song – but your friends sure think you did.
5. Wake Up to a Song
Tired of the classic alarm sound? Next time you are setting a morning alarm in the Clock app, tap “Sound,” “Songs,” and then “Pick a song” to select a song from your Apple Music library. This song will be played in lieu of the classic alarm chime.
6. Create Your Own Radio Station
Create a station based around a song or artist by 3D-Touching or long-holding a song or artist name and then tapping “Create Station.” You can have Siri do this by saying, “Play [song/artist name] radio.” No need for a “create” que, as playback will begin automatically.
7. View Music Videos
Music videos can be found under an artist’s profile. Finding a specific profile is not all that straightforward though. Under the “Search” tab, type the artist’s name, scroll to the bottom of the page, and tap the artist’s name under “artists.” If no results are found, double-check the spelling. Scroll down a bit on the artist’s profile page to view their top videos. Once a video is selected, recommendations by the same artist and similar artists will appear.
All in all, 3D Touch or a long press and hold (for iPad and older iPhones) can be a pretty useful tool for gaining access to more settings. In addition, student discounts make listening more accessible, song alarms make waking up early easier, and lyrics help you stay on top of the newest tracks.