New and For You

Dis­cover a mix of new artists and mu­sic you might have over­looked in the past

Mac Format - - APPLE MUSIC -

The For You page’s con­tents evolve in re­sponse to in­for­ma­tion you feed back to Ap­ple as you lis­ten to things

The New and For You pages are key to dis­cov­er­ing new mu­sic. The for­mer shows new re­leases, much like the front page of the iTunes Store and is worth check­ing out from time to time if you find that you rarely visit the store af­ter sub­scrib­ing to Ap­ple Mu­sic. How­ever, bear in mind that not ev­ery­thing that’s sold in the iTunes Store is avail­able in the Ap­ple Mu­sic li­brary.)

The New page has nu­mer­ous cat­e­gories for you to ex­plore, some of which are per­sis­tently fea­tured, while oth­ers are timed to ma­jor events in the mu­sic in­dus­try cal­en­dar. It works well as a sum­mary, but with so much scrolling and tap­ping and no guar­an­tee that you’ll find any­thing you like, dis­cov­er­ing mu­sic this way can feel like a lot of work, so you might not want to give up on any mu­sic jour­nals or web­sites that you’ve iden­ti­fied as pro­vid­ing great in­sight into what your ears will like –how­ever, tap the Cu­ra­tor Playlists ban­ner to find col­lec­tions from well-known mu­sic publi­ca­tions.

A per­son­alised touch

The For You page should more quickly guide you to suit­able sounds, old and new, be­cause its con­tents evolve in re­sponse to in­for­ma­tion you feed back to Ap­ple. It draws on what you’ve said you love (by tap­ping the heart icon next to a track, al­bum or one of Ap­ple’s playlists) and by what you lis­ten to.

The page sug­gests spe­cific al­bums and cu­rated playlists, such as in­tro­duc­tions to artists, but it doesn’t cross-ref­er­ence the for­mer with what you own; some of the MacFor­mat team have found we al­ready own as many as half of its al­bum sug­ges­tions.

You can pro­vide neg­a­tive feed­back to in­flu­ence fu­ture rec­om­men­da­tions by hold­ing your fin­ger on an item and choos­ing I Don’t Like This Sug­ges­tion. This works for al­bums and playlists on iPhone, but strangely only for al­bums on iPad – and the ca­pa­bil­ity is miss­ing en­tirely on the Mac at present.

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