Do More With Apple Music Streaming Service

In this, the second part of three tutorials, I’ll show you how to:

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  • Personalise Apple Music Suggestions
  • Create a custom radio station in Apple Music

Personalise Apple Music Suggestions

When you first subscribe to Apple Music, you’re presented with a screen to choose genres and artists you like. This is an essential step because it helps Apple Music:

  • To understand what type of music you like and wish to hear
  • To recommend music from the genres you selected
  • To learn which genres you don’t like and don’t wish to see them inFor Youtab
  • To get better suggestions from music experts or editors in form of playlists or top tracks

If you’ve already joined Apple Music, then you can reset and personalise the suggestions again. But remember it’s not necessary to reset and customise the choice on every device.

On a Mac

Click theAccountbutton in the iTunes toolbar, and clickChoose Artists For You.

Enter your Apple ID password, if necessary.

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You’ll see floating red bubbles in the entire screen.

  • Click the bubble once on the genres you like
  • Click the bubble twice on the genres you love and adore
  • To remove a genre you dislike, hover your mouse over the bubble, and clickX

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ClickNextto continue. In this screen choose the artists you like or love.

ClickShow Morebutton to continue the process, until the screen is full of artists you like.

When you’ve finished, clickDone. TheFor Yousection will now display recommendations based on your criteria.

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On the iOS

Tap theprofile iconin the upper-right corner, and then tapChoose Artists For You.

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Now repeat with all the steps as described in the Mac section.

On Android

Tap thehamburger menuicon in the upper-left corner.

At the top of the menu, tap thearrow iconjust besides your name to get to the account settings. From the next screen, tapChoose Artists For You.

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Now repeat with all the steps as described in the Mac section.

Refine the Apple Music Suggestions

As you keep hearing new albums, songs, and playlists you may want to refine your music suggestions and improve their recommendations. The key to refine Apple Music recommendation is throughLoveandDislikebutton.

If you change your mind later on, click or tapLoveorDislikeagain to clear it.

When you listen to a song, a whole album, song from a playlist, or a radio station, click or tap theLoveorDislikebutton. You’ll start getting better recommendations based on the items you’ve loved and disliked.

TheFor Youtab will feature artists, albums, and playlists based on your love history.

On a Mac

Hold the pointer over the song name, then clickMore…icon. ClickLoveorDislikefrom the context menu.

Or, clickMore…icon from the Albums view and clickLoveorDislikefrom the context menu.

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On iOS

While listening to a song, tap the player at the bottom of the screen to open the Now Playing screen. TapMore …icon, then chooseLoveorDislike. Or, tapMore …icon from the Albums view and tapLoveorDislikefrom the context menu.

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On the Android

Tap and hold the album you don’t like. From the menu that appears, tapI Don’t Like This Suggestion.

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TheLoveandDislikebutton is an important metric if you want to keep refining Apple Music suggestions.

At first, the recommendations may not appear to be accurate. But as keep you listening, love and dislike them, the recommendations will get better.

Create a Custom Radio Station in Apple Music

With an Apple Music membership, you can listen to curated on-demand stations or create your own custom stations. These stations don’t have any ads, and you can skip unlimited number of songs.

Apple Music Radio lets you listen only few Featured Stations, in such case your listening experience would be somewhat limited. You can create your own custom radio station and in turn take advantage from the vast Apple Music catalog.

Apple Music Radio stations don’t play music just by that artist; behind the scene they work like a Genius playlist.

For example, if you choose an album for an Apple Music Radio station, you’ll get to listen few songs from that album, others by the same artist, and others by similar artists.

On Mac

Click the Search box in the upper-right corner of iTunes. Type in the artist name, album, or a song and clickAll Apple Music.

Scroll to the Stations section and choose the station to which you wish to listen. You can access the new station in theRecently Playedsection of the Radio view.

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While listening to a custom radio station, click theStaricon in the Now Playing screen, and choose eitherPlay More Like ThisorNever Play This Song.

When you do this, Apple Music learns from your preference, your Likes and Dislikes, which in turn gives you better recommendations.

ClickAdd to Libraryto save the song to your library.

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On iOS

Tap the Search tab at the bottom of the screen. Type in the artist name, album, or a song and clickApple Music.

Scroll to the Stations section and choose the station to which you wish to listen.

ccess your new station in theRecently Playedsection of the Radio tab. Recently added station syncs with a Mac, too, when you enable iCloud Music Library.

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When you find a song or artist, for which you’d like to create a radio station, use 3D touch or tap theMore…icon.

TapCreate Stationto start playing your radio. You can also ask Siri toStart a station from…and then say the name of the song, album, or artist.

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On Android

Tap the Search icon at the top of the screen. Enter the artist name, album, or a song and clickAll Apple Music.

Scroll to the Stations section and choose the station to which you wish to listen. You can access your new station in theRecently Playedsection of the Radio tab.

Recently added stations sync with a Mac and iOS devices when you enable the iCloud Music Library.

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When you find a song or artist, that you would like to create a station from, tap theMore…icon, and then tapRadioicon to start the radio.

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TheLoveandDislikebutton is an important metric if you want to keep refiningApple Musicsuggestions. At first, the recommendations may not be accurate. But as keep you listening, love and dislike them, the recommendations will get better.

Up Next

In the previous tutorial, I showed you how to:

  • PersonaliseApple MusicSuggestions
  • Create a custom radio station inApple Music

In the following tutorial, I’ll show you how to:

  • Manage offline music in PCs and smartphones
  • Get lyrics for the songs you love
  • Share anApple Musicmembership