Keep up with what your favourite artists are doing in the studio and on the road
Artists can post photos, videos and songs to Connect, including demos and otherwise unreleased tracks
The Connect page is a place for you to read, watch and listen to updates posted by your favourite artists and other people involved in the music industry.
Choose whose updates you see
As well as the artists you identified when setting up Apple Music (see page 22), the app will have followed artists whose music you’ve previously bought from the iTunes Store on your behalf – even if you purchased just one track. You’ll probably want to review that list to unfollow artists you don’t really care much about; tap the silhouette-like account icon at the top-left corner of the screen, then Following. To follow only artists you manually choose to, turn off the Automatically Follow Artists switch at the top of the page. Below that, you can amend the list of people you’re following, or tap Find More Artists & Curators to add from an ever-growing list of people.
Read artists’ updates
Artists can post photos, videos and songs to Connect. For songs, this might be stuff that’s available to stream using your Apple Music subscription (or to buy from the iTunes Store), yet artists can also post demos and unreleased tracks. An Apple Music subscription enables you to save music to your library so that you don’t have to find it again in Connect to hear it. Artists can also link to playlists which you can also add to your library to hear later.
Interacting with artists
Below each post are three icons. The heart expresses to the artist that you like their update. Tap the speech bubble to give personalised feedback, and to read other people’s. Third is iOS’s familiar Share icon, from which you can post a link to the update to social networks or send it privately.
If you see an objectionable comment, swipe leftwards on it to report it to Apple’s moderators. Similarly, issues with content and playback can be reported by tapping Report a Concern at the bottom of the list of comments.
Reserve a username
Every comment shows a person’s name and, optionally, a unique, Twitter-style nickname. Set these by tapping the account icon at the top-left corner, tap Edit, then tap the corresponding rows. You can also add a profile picture; Right now, this isn’t shown next to comments, but bear in mind that might change in future. (Your name is also shown on playlists you share.)
Connect might get crowded if you follow many artists. Tap an artist’s name to see just their posts. To see if someone not shown has posted, tap the magnifying glass, type their name, tap them in the results and see if a Connect tab is shown.