How to use the new Music app for iPhone and iPad: The Ultimate Guide
The new Music app aims to present all your music, all in one place — including the music you own!
It’s not just Apple Music that’s new—the whole Music app on iPhone and iPad has been given a complete redesign. And while Apple Music gives you access to the complete iTunes catalog, with or without it, the new Music app still gives you a ton of features focused around your music. That includes local music management, playlists, the Up Next queue, and even AirPlay to your Apple TV or connected speakers. Here’s how to use it all!
Note: To use Apple’s new Music app, you need to be running iOS 8.4 or later.
- How to add, cache, search for, and delete songs from Apple’s new Music app
- How to use the mini player in Apple’s new Music app
- How to use playlists in Apple’s new Music app
- How to use Up Next in Apple’s new Music app
- How to AirPlay from Apple’s new Music app
For some, the advent of Apple Music will mean their own personal collections will become small seas in the giant oceans of the full iTunes catalog. For others, however, who don’t want streaming, Music is still the place or organize and enjoy all your iTunes—and iTunes Match music. That includes adding music, searching for it, caching it for local playback, removing it from cache, and deleting it from your library.
- 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
The mini player lets you maintain persistent access to controls and track information throughout Apple’s new Music app. Although the player itself is mini, its addition is one of the new Music app’s biggest new features. It sits at the bottom of the screen and stays there as you browse tracks, check out the radio, and even connect to your favorite artists. And by being there, the mini player makes it easy to not only control what you’re listening to, but escalate to the full Now Playing screen whenever and where ever the need arises. Best of all, it’s simple to use—once you get the hang of 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?
Playlists have always been the best way to group all the music you want to listen to together.
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.
- 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 create a Genius playlist
Up Next is is like a priority intercept playlist—it lets you listen to music you’re suddenly in the mood for without killing the rest of what you had lined up. In the old days, if you were in the midst of a killer mix, but one track led you to remember another not in the mix, you could either forget about it and keep going, or play the serendipitous song and kill you killer mix. Now Playing put an end to that. With Now Play, and Apple’s new Music app, even if you’re in the middle of playlist or album, you can quickly stack other tracks—even another playlist or album—to listen to immediately, and then seamlessly merge back right back into your playlist or album when you’re done.
- 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
AirPlay lets you take whatever’s on your iPhone or iPad and beam it to your Apple TV or compatible speakers. With AirPlay, the content you have in iTunes is only ever a few taps away from filling your living room, bedroom, or entire house. That includes all the songs, albums, and playlists you have in Apple’s new Music app for iPhone and iPad. Best of all, you can engage AirPlay right from the Now Playing screen!