iOS 17: The New Apple Music Features You Must Try

With iOS 17, Apple introduced a few notable updates to the iPhone experience. Apart from improving the privacy and security features, another app received some major upgrades – Apple Music. Many new and highly requested features have arrived with the new Apple Music update in iOS 17.


In this post, we will list the new Apple Music features and explain them in detail. For this post, we are using the Public Beta version. But these features will be available after the stable release of iOS 17. Here are the new Apple Music features you must try with iOS 17.

1. View Song Credits

This feature was made available with the release of Apple Music Classical on iPhone. You can check the detailed song credits, including categories like performing artists, songwriting and lyrics, and production and engineering. Now this feature is also available for Apple Music users. Here’s how to view song credits in Apple Music on your iPhone.

Step 1: Open the Apple Music app on your iPhone.

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Step 2: Start playing the song whose credits you want to check.

Step 3: Tap the three dots next to the song name on the playback screen and select View Credits.

You can check the detailed credits for the song being played.

2. Crossfade Songs in Apple Music

Another highly requested feature is the ability to Crossfade songs in Apple Music on your iPhone. This feature was already available for Android users of Apple Music. It makes way to the iPhone amongst the list of the new Apple Music features. Simply put, Crossfade will fade at the beginning of each song as the previous song fades out gradually while coming to its end. This creates a seamless transition between multiple songs played in one go on the Apple Music app. Here’s how to turn on Crossfade on Apple Music on your iPhone.

Step 1: Open the Settings app on your iPhone.

open settings on iphone

Step 2: Scroll down and tap on Music.

music settings iphone

Step 3: Scroll down and tap the toggle next to Crossfade to enable the feature.

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You can also change the length of the Crossfade transition.

change crossfade transition time

Now close the Settings app and open Apple Music to enjoy your favorite tracks without any pauses.

3. Collaborative Playlists

The next feature of Apple Music introduced with iOS 17 is Collaborative Playlists. You can make a Collaborative Playlist on Apple Music for a shared listening experience amongst your friends. Earlier, you were always required to share the playlist link with your friends. But with Collaborative Playlists, you can invite your friends to join a playlist where anyone can add, reorder or remove songs. You can even react using emojis when your friend plays something from the playlist.

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Source: Apple

As of writing this post, this feature will be made available for all iPhone users later this year with an update.

4. SharePlay For CarPlay

If you have a vehicle that supports Apple CarPlay, you can now use the SharePlay feature in Apple Music. This was made available for iPhone and iPad users. But with iOS 17, you can now use it while driving with your friends and family in your car.

SharePlay for CarPlay
Source: Apple

When you enable SharePlay, the other passengers will receive a prompt on their iPhones to join the listening session and control the music playback as per their choices. The passengers need to have iOS 17 installed on their iPhones to receive the prompt.

5. Animated Music Player

Lastly, the new Apple Music update now features an Animated Music Player. The interface will show a blended album art with media controls. You can see visual animated effects while playing your favorite songs or background scores.

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Enjoy Your Music

These new Apple Music features will improve your iPhone listening experience. If your iPhone is not around, you can switch to Apple Music on your Mac where your music library is synced. But a lot of users complain of playlist syncing issues with Apple Music between Mac and iPhone. If you are also facing the same, you can refer to our post suggesting the best fixes for Apple Music playlists not syncing between Mac and iPhone.

Last updated on 24 August, 2023

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