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How to use the new Music app for iPhone and iPad: The Ultimate Guide

t's not just Apple Music that's new—the whole Music app on iPhone and iPad has been given a complete redesign. And with or without Apple Music, the new Music app still gives you a ton of features focused around your music.

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How to use playlists in Apple's new Music app

With Apple's new Music app, you can not only create and manage playlists, you can give them distinctive and easy to recognize thumbnails, quickly add music to them, queue them to Up Next, and a lot more.

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Meet the Music app for iPhone and iPad

Apple's new Music app has a bunch of features designed to make playing our music better than ever. To make use of it all, you just have to find it. And since some of it has moved around, we're here to help make sure you do!

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How to use the mini player in Apple's new Music app

The mini player is one of the major new additions to Apple's new Music app for iPhone and iPad. With it, you get a persistent way to control your music and access the menu from anywhere in the app. Here's how!

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How to add, cache, search for, and delete songs from Apple's new Music app

Apple Music aside, Apple's new Music app is a fully featured jukebox all its own. So, if streaming isn't you think, there's still a lot you can do to organize and enjoy your iTunes—and iTunes Match—music.

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How to transfer music to your Apple Watch

By default you can stream all the music from your iPhone to your Apple Watch. If you want to leave your iPhone behind, however, you need to sync music over first.

Whether you're heading out for a run, hitting the gym, doing rounds, or doing housework, your Apple Watch can hold up to 2 GB of music all on its own. It doesn't offer the sheer number of options your iPhone does, but it does offer a lot of convenience. All you have to do is sync a playlist over from your iPhone. The transfer is wireless and best of all, it's easy to do.

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How to instantly turn your Shazam tags into an Rdio or Spotify playlist

If you subscribe to either Rdio or Spotify, you can instantly turn all the music you tag through Shazam into a playlist.

Tying your Rdio or Spotify account to Shazam not only creates that playlist for you, it lets you to listen to entire songs right inside the Shazam app as well! You have to have a paid subscription to either Spotify or Rdio in order for this to work. You won't be able to play full songs or listen on-demand if you don't. If you aren't sure about a subscription to either service, both offer free trials you can take advantage of first.

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How to manually update iCloud Music Library on your Mac or PC

iTunes Match is a great way to access all your music from all your devices. It can also free up precious storage space. While music purchases should automatically sync with your iTunes Match subscription, there may be a time or two when music is missing on one device or another. If this ever happens to you, a manual update to iTunes Match from your Mac or Windows PC should do the trick!

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How to hide the free U2 album on iPhone, iPad, and iTunes

After Apple's iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus announcement, U2 took the stage. After that iTunes customers in over 100 countries were told they'd have access to their new album, Songs of Innocence, for free. While some people were excited about that and asking how to download it, others were less than thrilled. My colleague Peter recently expressed his distaste for the situation and while I tend to agree, I also understand some people not wanting to look at an album in their library they aren't interested in.

So here's how to hide it from even showing up not only in iTunes, but on your iPhone and iPad as well!

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Music app using tons of data on your iPhone or iPad? Here's how you can stop it!

The Music app that comes built into every iPhone and iPad is responsible not only for storing your music collection from iTunes, it also houses iTunes Match and lets you access iTunes Radio, both of which can eat tremendous amounts of data. And that's not counting any iTunes in the Cloud purchases you may make. If you aren't careful, the Music app can quickly eat through your carrier's data allowance. If this is an issue you've been running into, here are some ways you can curb how much data the Music app consumes!

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