Now you can make playlists even more personal, and listen to curated collections
You can add a photo, or artwork made created using an app like Pixelmator, to make your playlists even more personal
You might think there’s little else Apple can do with playlists, but Apple Music’s social side means there are new features worth knowing about.
When you create a playlist (either on iOS or in iTunes on a Mac), there are a couple of new personalisations you can make besides its name. If you’re going to share the playlist, you might want to fill out a description for others to read. Tap the camera on the artwork placeholder to add your own artwork – either by taking a new photo, or by picking artwork you’ve already stored in the Photos app.
Share a playlist
You can share a link to a playlist on social networks or privately by tapping the More Options button next to a playlist in the master list of them, or the Share icon if you’ve already tapped through to see one’s contents. When you choose Share Playlist, the preview will include your assigned artwork, but Facebook currently just displays ‘Connecting to the iTunes Store’, so it’s wise to replace the status update the app provides to explain to people what the link will take them to.
Just like the My Music view, there’s a shortcut to recently added playlists – your own and those curated by Apple Music’s staff (in the For You page). To save an Apple Music playlist from the For You page so it’s easily accessible here in future, tap the More Options button above the playlist’s description and choose Add to My Music.
You can create folders to organise your playlists using iTunes on a Mac or a PC; the Edit button above the list of them on iOS just lets you delete things, but with iCloud Music Library turned on, effort from your Mac is synced to your iOS devices. (You still can’t make Smart Playlists on iOS either.)
Filter your playlists
By default, both your playlists and those created by Apple Music’s staff to which you’ve subscribed are shown. Though you can’t file them in folders on iOS, tapping All Playlists above the list prunes what’s shown to just the type you want to search through.
Curated playlists are a major aspect of Apple Music, and you can get in on the act by sharing yours – complete with custom artwork and descriptions.