Welcome to the Music app for iPhone and iPad.
The Music app for iPhone and iPad supports Apple Music, Beats 1 radio, and the Connect social network. It's also designed to make playing your local music better than ever.
To make use of it all, you just have to find it. And since many of the app's features have moved around in iOS 8.4 and later, we're here to help make sure you can do so.
Meet the interface
First things first: The way the new Music app presents itself depends on whether you've signed up for an Apple Music subscription or not. If you don't have an Apple Music subscription, you'll see the following three tabs along the bottom of the app: My Music, Playlists, Radio, and Connect. If you do have a subscription, those tabs are replaced with For You, New, Radio, Connect, and My Music.
TIP: In Settings > General > Restrictions, you can turn off the Connect tab: This either makes the tab disappear on non-Apple Music accounts, or (if you have a subscription) replaces the tab with the Playlists tab.
Regardless of whether you have an Apple Music account, the active song in the app's mini player always rests above the tabbed interface, and the top left and right corners of the app offer an Account and Search button, respectively.
How to access artist, song, album, and other categories
The Music app uses tabs at the bottom of the screen to select between your different services; to find the artist, song, album, and other categories, you'll need to access the My Music tab. Tap on the category button (it defaults to Artists) and choose song, album, or any of the other options.
Here's what the old version looked like (top), and how the same functionality is implemented in the new Music app (bottom).
Here's how to do all the basics:
- How to add songs to Music
- How to browse for songs in Music
- How to search for songs in Music
- How to download songs for local playback
- How to remove downloaded songs from cache
- How to delete songs from your Music library
How to find playlists
Depending on whether Apple Music is enabled or not, your Playlists will appear in different locations. If you have Apple Music on, you'll find Playlists under the My Music tab, at the top of the screen; otherwise, you'll find it in its own tab at the bottom of the screen. After accessing the Playlists screen, you can tap on the playlist you want and tap on the thumbnail to start playing immediately. You'll see the track name in the mini player, but you can tap it to get the full Now Playing screen experience.
Here's what the old version looked like (top), and how the new Music app implements it (bottom).
There's a lot more you can do now as well:
- How to access playlists
- How to play a playlist
- How to create a new playlist
- How to add tracks to a playlist
- How to reorder tracks on a playlist
- How to remove tracks from a playlist
- How to delete a playlist
How to use the mini player
The Music app's mini player is a persistent set of controls that you can use from any place in the Music app to pause/play, access Now Playing, and get additional options.
Here's what it looks like:
And here's everything you can do with it:
- How to launch the mini player
- How to switch from the mini player to Now Playing
- How to switch back to the mini player from Now Playing
- How to access the mini player menu
- Can you hide the mini player?
How to view the Up Next queue
Up Next is like a secondary playlist that you can add music to without obliterating what's already playing. Tap a the More button (looks like •••) next to a song, album, or playlist, and then Play Next to add it to the beginning of your queue or Add to Up Next to add it to the end. You can access your queue, and your history, from the Now Playing screen.
Here's what it looks like:
And here's all the details:
- How to quickly add music to Up Next from anywhere
- How to quickly play other music while preserving Up Next
- How to quickly clear Up Next from anywhere
- How to view your Up Next queue
- How to view your Up Next history
- How to add music to Up Next
- How to re-arrange what's Up Next
- How to remove a track from Up Next
- How to clear Up Next
How to use AirPlay
The Music app has AirPlay built into the Now Playing screen. Here's what looks like:
And here's how it works:
- How to turn on AirPlay from Now Playing in Music
- How to AirPlay from Control Center when you're not in the Music app
Anything else you need help finding?
Any other features you need help finding in the Music app? Let us know in the comments!