Keep up with what your favourite artists are do­ing in the stu­dio and on the road

Mac Format - - APPLE MUSIC -

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.

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