How to listen to Apple Music's new custom Chill Mix

Apple's streaming music service, Apple Music, is no stranger to custom-generated playlists: It launched two alongside iOS 10, My Favorites and My New Music. With iOS 11, Apple looks to be adding a new sound to the mix: Chill.

What is the My Chill Mix playlist?

Like its two predecessors, the Chill Mix will take into account personal music tastes from both your Library and recent listens; it combines that information with recommendations at large from Apple Music's editors to create a playlist designed for your specific level of chill.

As Matt Panzarino of TechCrunch notes:

This is where it gets tricky, because one person could consider Motorhead's "Burner" the ultimate in smooth jamz, while another person might think that John Tesh's Roundball Rock is the pinnacle of repose.So the Chill playlists will take into account the music and genres you most enjoy and build the chillest set of tracks out of those genres. My mix prominently features Drake, Outkast, Ashanti, Trey Songs, Beyoncé, Jeremih and Kehlani — so we know where I'm at on the spectrum. But it also picks from those artists most chill tracks according to editorial choice and some general music genomic smarts like tempo and categorization.

As a result, everyone's Chill Mix should be slightly different, save for length — as with Favorites and New Music, Apple delivers 25 new songs each week. (For Chill, that delivery date is on Sunday.)

How can I get access to My Chill Mix?

Apple is currently rolling out My Chill Mix to a small group of subscribers on Sundays, with more being added each week. There's no official way to hop on the Chill train unless Apple selects your account, so if you don't have the playlist in your For You section yet, be patient.

In the meantime, you're welcome to groove along to my Chill Mix:

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How can I check to see if I have My Chill Mix?

Your account is currently eligible for My Chill Mix if you're a paid Apple Music subscriber and on iOS 10/macOS Sierra or later.

  1. Open the Music or iTunes app.
  2. Navigate to For You.
  3. If you have My Chill Mix, you'll find it at the top of the screen, in between My Favorites and My New Music Mix.

Other questions?

Any other questions about Chill Mixes? Have a link to yours you want to share? Drop it in the comments.

Serenity Caldwell

Serenity was formerly the Managing Editor at iMore, and now works for Apple. She's been talking, writing about, and tinkering with Apple products since she was old enough to double-click. In her spare time, she sketches, sings, and in her secret superhero life, plays roller derby. Follow her on Twitter @settern.

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  • I recently came back to Apple Music after a brief time with Spotify (way better for music discovery - but the daily irritant of dealing with their dysfunctional queueing system drove me back to AM). I was excited about the new weekly Chill mix, but I'm disappointed at how much it misses the mark. The first week I was back it was ALL Soul and R&B (somewhat accurate but really just a small proportion of my collection) and the next two weeks have given me tracks from the experimental side of my collection with quite a bit of foreboding stuff - and I listen to a lot of typical "chill" and there's a ton of ambient music in my collection. But the biggest surprise is hearing tracks that could maybe be classified with a tempo of 75 BPM, but really are 150... don't tell me Africa Hi-Tech's Light the Way and Djrum's Turiya are "chill"! The thing is, using these two tracks from my mix as an example, they are tracks I like quite a bit, so how does one teach AM not to include these types of tracks in a Chill mix without clicking on "dislike"? Where does one give feedback to Apple Music to help them improve something like this, without it falling on deaf ears?