5 Tips to Dis­cov­er New Music in Apple Music

Khamosh Pathak

Apple Music is the most feature rich music streaming service available right now. It’s the sum total of every other service out there, plus more. There’s 30 million songs, plus human curated playlists, live and genre-based stations and I can go on and on and on.

Apple Music Discovery

But before you get scared, let me tell you this. Apple Music is worth it. Apple Music is worth fumbling around for a couple of minutes and it’s worth $9.99 once the three-month trial ends. Because no one else is giving you this much music, and in this wonderful package. Apple just made caring about music simple, again.

All this variety and features plus accessibility makes Apple Music a hell of a tool for discovering new music you’ll actually like. From a classic rock band, you always wanted to get into, to the hip new music that everyone will be talking about this weekend. Apple Music has it all and this is how to get it.

Apple Music For Newbies: We’ve already written a beginners guide to Apple Music and a how-to guide for using the new Music app in iOS 8.4. This article assumes that you’re already familiar with Apple Music. If you’re not, check out our in-depth Apple Music explainer.

1. Use the Intro to Playlists

If you’ve ever wanted to start listening to an artists a friend keeps suggesting or a classic rock/pop band (except, of course, The Beatles), Apple Music will help you out.

All you need to do is search for an artist, make sure Apple Music section is selected and scroll to the Playlists section. If we’re talking about a big band name, you’ll find custom playlists curated by Apple’s music editors – the people who actually know what they’re talking about.

Playlists Playlists

And my favorite playlists are “Intro to X”. I checked a couple of them, especially for the artists I’m already familiar with to make sure they were good. And I wasn’t disappointed.

The Intro to Bob Dylan playlist (Sidenote: Yes, you can share links to Apple Music Playlists. That’s another hot tip for sharing music recommendations with your friends) has 25 songs and if I was to suggest songs to a Dylan newbie, my list would be pretty much the same (although, I would rank Highway 61 much higher).

But there are many more kinds of playlists. Continuing the Bob Dylan example, I found a playlist about Dylan’s acoustic years and for a guy pretty close this his electric guitar, this playlist was a bit of a surprise.

2. Tune in to Beats 1 and Forget About Everything Else

I’ll be honest, I wasn’t sold in the idea of a live 24/7 station that would be broadcasted to over 100 countries at the same time. But boy has Apple pulled it off. The hosts are awesome, there are no crummy ads, the interviews are entertaining and the music is actually good! I’m not the kind of person who’s always on the look out for hip new music and Beats 1 isn’t going to change that.

But what I like is that I can just tap 1 button and I’m greeted to music I’ll probably like listening too. Doesn’t matter if it’s hip-hop, electronic, country or anything else. As long as the music is good, I’m sold.

Beats 1 Beats 1

If you just listen to Beats 1, you’re going to find a lot of music you’ll actually like and adding the song to your collection just takes 2 taps (three dotted menu button -> Add to My Music).

Similarly, there are other “classic”, non-live streaming radio stations. Like Alt/indie music? Listen to the Mixtape. There are similar stations for country music, electronic and even Jazz. You can skip songs here, add songs to your collection and more.


If you’re not sure what exactly you want to listen to but have a genre in mind, this is the best place to start with.

3. Follow, Love, Add and Keep Refreshing For You Section

Apple Music is always watching, in a totally non-creepy way of course. Even after you’ve told the app what genres and artists you like, it will keep track of what you’re searching, what music you’re “loving” (by tapping that heart icon), and what music you choose to add to your library.

For You For You

So to get better suggestions, keep doing those things. Remember, the more you explore, the better Apple Music gets. And all those suggestion will show up in For You section so don’t forget to keep refreshing it every now and then.

Try out Connect: Connect is where you’ll find updates from artists, genres and magazines you follow. Plus artists will be posting exclusive content there.

4. Use the New Tab to Stay Current With the World

New Playlists

If you’re the kind of person who needs to have heard the latest single by Pharrell or Ed Sheeran, this is the place for you. But it’s more than that. You can sort by genres and Apple will show you the top songs and albums along with what’s hot that week.

5. Playlists by Magazines and for Particular Activities

From the New tab, tap Curators and you’ll see a list of influential music magazines and blogs around the world. Say you want to know what are the hottest tracks people are Shazaming, or what new playlist Rolling Stones has made, this is where you need to go.

Playlists Playlists

Much like Spotify, Apple Music also has curated playlists for every kind of activity. From working to relaxing to working out. Just choose the Activities option, select a playlist and you’re all set.

How Do You Discover New Music?

How does your music discovery system look like? Share with us in the comments below.

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