Tips for Getting Siri to Play Tracks in Apple Music

If you are signed up for the free, three-month trial of Apple Music, you probably know by now many of the cool features the streaming music service has to offer. But, did you know that Siri can make the experience even better? We’ve got a few tips for getting Siri to act as your digital deejay.

To get the full use of Siri’s compatibility with Apple Music, make sure you are subscribed and your iCloud Music Library is on.

Play a Radio Station or Beats 1

Not only can Siri play a radio station like Electronic or Oldies, but now the personal assistant can also start playing live Beats 1 programming. Just ask her to „Play Beats 1.“

Play an Apple Music Playlist

One of the things I love about Apple Music is the playlist feature in the For You section. If I’ve recently „liked“ a particular song, A new playlist based on that will show up. If you know the name of an Apple Music created playlist, ask for it specifically. For example, „Play Souxie & The Banshees: Deep Cuts.“

What Song is Playing

If Apple Music is playing a song you don’t recognize, you can ask for more information. Just say, „What song is this?“ to discover the artist and song title.

Add an Album to Your Playlist

If you like the song that is playing and want to hear the whole album, ask Siri to add the album to your playlist and it will begin playing after the current track is finished.

Play New Music

Sometimes, you just don’t know what you want to hear. Ask Siri to „play new music“ and Apple’s latest top songs will begin playing. Sometimes, that is the best way to discover your new favorite band.

Cover Songs

When asking Siri to play a specific song, there may be a number of different versions. She will choose the original first. However, if you want to hear the version covered by a different band, be sure to include that in your request.

Play a Band’s Album Based on Chronology

If you know that you like an artist’s first, but can’t remember what it is called, you can get help from Siri. Just ask to play an artist’s first, second, or even most recent album. She will figure it out for you.

Play the Hits From a Specific Date

Have you ever wondered what song was number one the day you were born? Ask Siri. If the song is in Apple Music, you can hear it, too. You can also play the top 10, 25, or 50 songs from a certain month or year.

Playlist Queuing

While listening to a specific song, does it sometimes make you want to listen to another one? Ask Siri to play something after the current song is over and it will be queued to your Up Next list.

Add Music to Your Library (only available with iCloud Music Library on)

Another great feature of Apple Music is that you can add songs and albums to your music library, and even download them for offline listening. Just ask Siri to add a song, album, or even playlist to your music and it will be there waiting for you.

Play More Songs Like This

When you are browsing music and finally find a song that hits you just right, you can ask Siri to play more like it and Apple Music will create a Genius playlist based on your request.

Play a Different Song or Album

You don’t have to wait for a song to end in order to get into a new groove. When you ask Siri to play a new album, she will let you know that it will clear your Up Next queue. Confirm that you are into something different now to hear the new tracks.

Like a Song

One way to ensure that Apple Music will provide useful suggestions for songs that you might like in the future is to like a song. This gets added to your activity and is used to create new playlists you might like. So, tell Siri when you like a song.

Dislike a Song

Of course, it works both ways. If you don’t like a song, tell Siri and it will be added to your activity. Plus, you’ll have the added benefit of not having to hear it anymore. Apple Music will play the next song instead.

Skip a Song

If you don’t want to hear a particular song, but don’t want it to go into the Pit of Dislike, just ask Siri to skip it and the next song will play instead.



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Apple Music Tidbits: Nicknames, Playlist Management, and More [iOS Blog]

Apple’s new subscription-based music service launched earlier this week, and even if you’ve taken advantage of Apple’s free three-month trial to see if it is worth your dime and time, there are a few things you may not have discovered yet about its features.

While our Getting Started guide gives an overview of how to get up and running, this article gives more details on some of the things you can do with Apple Music and how to make it work for you. If you’ve noticed any other features we haven’t listed yet, feel free to let us know in the forums.

Add a Nickname to Your Profile

You could stick with your full Apple ID name, or change it to something that fits you better. Apple lets you add a nickname to your ID, which will be displayed on playlists and comments. Nicknames are unique, so the earlier you grab one, the better.

On iOS:

  1. Open the Music app and tap on any of the main section icons in the bottom toolbar if you’re not already on a main page.
  2. Tap the silhouette profile icon in the upper left corner of the main screen.
  3. Tap your name. Then tap the Edit button to add a nickname.

In iTunes:

  1. Click on the arrow next to your name, and then click on your Apple ID.
  2. Enter a nickname in the fill-in form.

Start a Station Based on a Song or Album

You can start a new station based on a song or album in either your music library or Apple Music. Tap the three dots next to the song or album to call up additional options. Then, tap „Start Station“ on iOS or „New station from artist or song“ on OS X to begin listening to tracks.

Create a Playlist

You can create a playlist and add songs to it right from within the Music app or in iTunes.

On iOS:

  1. Open the Music App and tap on the My Music section.
  2. Select the Playlist section at the top of the screen.
  3. Tap „New“ under the All Playlists and enter a name and description for the playlist.
  4. Tap „Add Songs“ and add tracks from your music library or Apple Music.
  5. You can also add songs to a playlist at any time from your library or Apple Music by tapping the three dots next to the song or album. When the list of options appears, tap „Add to Playlist.“

In iTunes:

  1. In iTunes, select the Playlists tab and click on the add (+) icon in the bottom left corner of the screen. Or, click „File“ in your computer’s tool bar and hover over „New.“ Then, select „New Playlist.“
  2. Name the playlist. Then click „Edit Playlist.
  3. Add songs from your music library.
  4. To add a song from Apple Music, tap the three dots next to a song or album to call up the options. Select „Add To,“ and then select the playlist you wish to add the music to.

Change Library and Playlist View Options

On iOS, you can adjust the way you see music in your library or playlists to show such categories as artists, albums, songs, and Apple Music playlists, and you can choose to only show music available offline (in other words, only music downloaded to your device). Under the Playlist or Library tab in the My Music section of your Music app, tap the category (like Albums, Songs, or All Playlists) to switch to a different view.

Tip: If you have the „Music Available Offline“ feature turned on, you will not see songs or albums that you add to My Music on iOS. Follow the instructions above and toggle the Music Available Offline switch to the off position.

Add to My Music

You can add any song or album to your iTunes library from Apple Music. When added, iTunes will play these songs as part of random shuffling. Find a song or album and select the three dots next to it. Then, select „Add to My Music.“ On iOS, you can also tap the add (+) icon next to an album to add it with one tap. Remember, if you have the „Music Available Offline“ feature on, you will not see new music added unless you make it available offline.

Make Music Available Offline

On of the best things about Apple Music on iOS is the ability to listen to tracks, even when you are not connected to the Internet. To download music to your device, select the song or album and tap the three dots next to it to call up the options. Then, select „Make Available Offline.“

Get More Recommendations Based on Likes (or Hearts)

Apple Music will learn your tastes and have more recommendations for you the more you „like“ songs. Tap the heart next to the song in the Now Playing view to show that you like it. As Apple Music learns your preferences, new songs and playlists will be added to the „For You“ section.

„Replay“ Beats 1 Shows

Did you miss out on a Beats 1 show that you were looking forward to? While you can’t replay the show as it aired with DJ commentary, you can access playlists of tracks from featured shows on demand on iOS.

  1. Open the Music app and select the Radio section.
  2. Tap the Beats 1 banner (do not tap „Listen Now“).
  3. Select a featured show. Then, select the show date you wish to listen to. You can even listen to specific tracks instead of the entire playlist from the show. Tap on a show to see the playlist.

In iTunes on the desktop, the best way to find a Beats 1 playlist is to search for the DJ you wish to hear and select the playlist you missed from his or her profile page.

Turn Off Apple Music

If you gave Apple Music a try and decided that it is just not for you, you can remove the service from the Music app and go back to the old way of listening to music.

  1. Open the Settings app on iOS and select Music from the menu.
  2. Toggle the „Show Apple Music“ switch to the off position. This can easily be switched on or off without causing any storage or download issues. Songs you’ve downloaded for offline listening will still be in your music library.

Turn Off iCloud Music Library

The iTunes Match functionality users may already be familiar with has been converted to iCloud Music Library in Apple Music. If you have the feature turned on, it will allow you to store your music in iCloud so you can access it from any device with the feature enabled. Users should be aware that tracks downloaded using iCloud Music Library contain digital rights management (DRM), so users should make sure they have backups of their owned music uploaded to iCloud Music Library. If you wish to disable the feature, you can turn off your iCloud Music Library on any device.

On iOS:

  1. Open the Settings app on iOS and select Music from the menu.
  2. Toggle the „iCloud Music Library“ switch to the off position. If you disable iCloud Music library, it will remove all Apple Music songs from your device.

In iTunes:

  1. Open iTunes, and then select iTunes -> Preferences from the main menu bar.
  2. Under the General tab, uncheck the „iCloud Music Library“ box. If you disable iCloud Music library, it will remove all Apple Music songs from your computer.

Replace ‘Connect’ Tab with ‘Playlist’ Tab

If you are not a big fan of social networking, you may not care for the Connect feature in Apple Music. Luckily, you can replace it with a Playlists tab instead. Check out our how-to guide to find out how.

Turn Off Auto Renew

So, you’ve tried Apple Music and have decided it’s not worth the $10 per-month price tag. No problem. Just make sure you turn off Auto Renew before the three-month trial period is up. See our guide to managing your subscriptions to find out how to turn off Auto Renew so you don’t get a surprise charge to your credit card in three months.

These are just a few things you can do with Apple Music. As we learn more about the subscription-based music service, we’ll have more useful tips to help you get the most out of your experience.



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U2’s Bono sorry for compulsory ‘Songs of Innocence’ iTunes download

Bono took the opportunity last night to apologise to fans who were forced to download ‘Songs of Innocence’ via iTunes following the iPhone 6 reveal in September and admitted to getting carried away Read more…



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U2’s Bono Apologizes for Automatic ‘Songs of Innocence’ Album Download

In a Facebook interview where U2 band members answered questions asked by their fans, U2 frontman Bono apologized to iTunes users that were upset after the band’s new album „Songs of Innocence“ was automatically downloaded on their devices without their consent.

In the apology, Bono says that the group „got carried away“ with themselves and were worried that songs they had spent two years working on „might not be heard.“

Oops. Um. I’m sorry about that. I had this beautiful idea and we got carried away with ourselves.

Artists are prone to that kind of thing. Drop of megalomania, touch of generosity, dash of self-promotion, and deep fear that these songs that we poured our life into over the last few years might not be heard.

There’s a lot of noise out there. I guess we got a little noisy ourselves to get through it.

U2’s newest album, „Songs of Innocence,“ was provided for free to 500 million iTunes users as part of Apple’s September 9 iPhone event. As part of the promotion, apple pushed the album to iTunes accounts, causing some devices to download the album without user permission.

The automatic downloads caused quite a bit of backlash, prompting Apple to create a tool to allow users to remove the free U2 album from their devices. Despite the negativity over the auto downloads, U2’s partnership with Apple appears to have been wildly successful, with „Songs of Innocence“ seeing 26 million downloads from iTunes users. Additionally, more than 81 million users are said to have „experienced“ the album, via iTunes, iTunes Radio, and Beats Music.

Apple’s deal with U2 and Universal Music Group is worth an estimated $100 million and is said to be part of a „long-term relationship“ that will see Apple and U2 continuing to partner up to promote innovation in music.




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33 million people ‘experience’ U2′s free album in a week

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Apple Creates Tool for Users to Delete Unwanted U2 Album

During Apple’s keynote announcement, the company announced plans to provide U2’s new album, „Songs of Innocence,“ to all iTunes customers for free. Rather than letting customers choose to download the album on their own, however, Apple pushed it to iTunes accounts, causing some devices to automatically download the album without explicit user permission.

The move upset users who did not want to have U2’s album listed on their devices, which has now prompted Apple to create a process for removing the album from user’s devices. According to Apple spokesperson Tom Neumayr, who gave a statement to Re/code, customers were asking Apple how to delete the album after it was distributed, which has led Apple to create both a tool and a support document that outlines the process for removing the album from iCloud.

Here’s Apple spokesman Tom Neumayr’s explanation: „Some customers asked for the ability to delete ‘Songs of Innocence’ from their library, so we set up http://www.itunes.com/soi-remove to let them easily do so. Any customer that needs additional help should contact AppleCare.“

To remove the U2 album, users are directed to Apple’s new removal tool that will automatically remove the U2 album from an account after signing in with an Apple ID and password.

Apple warns that once the album has been removed from an iTunes account that it will no longer be available as a previously purchased album. Users have until October 13, 2014 to manually reinstall the album for free.




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U2’s ‘Songs of Innocence’ Downloaded 2 Million Times After Promotion [iOS Blog]

Earlier this week at its media event, Apple announced that it would be partnering with rock group U2 to offer its new „Songs of Innocence“ album to 500 million iTunes customers for free. However, the deal upset some users who did not want the album added to their accounts or automatically downloaded in some instances. Now, Re/code reports that the album has been downloaded over 2 million times by users just three days after being made available.

The move was part of an estimated $100 million deal between U2, Apple, and Universal Music Group, as reported by Billboard Magazine this morning. U2 manager Guy Oseary said in an interview with the magazine that the deal between the band and Apple was a „long-term relationship“ while shooting down criticism that the deal was disruptive to the of rest music industry.

The deal has also been very beneficial for U2’s back-catalog on iTunes, as 17 of their prior albums are currently on the iTunes Top 100. U2’s „Songs of Innocence“ will be available to download for iTunes customers until the middle of October.




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