iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 have vastly improved the way Apple Music works. The new Listen Now tab gives better recommendations, searches have been improved a lot, and the overall user interface feels a lot more nifty. On the iPad, Apple Music now offers superior navigation through the inclusion of a dedicated sidebar.
However, there are also various updates and improvements to how Apple Music by design works. One major and noticeable change is the way Apple Music automatically plays related tracks after an album or playlist ends. You may or may not love this functionality. For those who wait patiently, Apple will release iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 in the fall, which means roughly the fourth week of September this year.
Disable or enable AutoPlay in Apple Music
By default, the Autoplay function in Apple Music starts after the last song in an album or playlist. It will then continue to play random selections inside or outside of your music library. That means the music never stops! Better yet, it also helps you discover new tracks. However, if that bothers you, there is an easy way to turn off Autoplay in Apple Music.
First, go to the Now Playing screen on the iPhone. To do this, tap on the track that is currently playing. Then tap the Up Next icon in the lower right corner of the screen.
Now all you have to do is tap the Autoplay icon (which looks like an endless loop) next to Playing Next. That should prevent Apple Music from automatically playing songs.
You only have to do this once – you don’t have to repeatedly disable the functionality for each album or playlist. To activate the feature, tap the Autoplay icon on the Up Next screen again.
Turning AutoPlay off or on in Apple Music on iPad is the same as turning it on on iPhone.
Go to the Now Playing screen, go to the Up Next list, and then tap the AutoPlay icon to turn it off or on.
Other Apple Music tips and tweaks
In iOS 14 and iPadOS 14, Apple Music has many other improvements. Before we conclude, let’s take a look at a handful of features and settings that you may not be familiar with.
Add Apple Music widget to the home screen
IPhone got updated and detailed widgets that you can easily add to the home screen anywhere. Apple Music has one too – it shows recently played albums and playlists that serve as quick shortcuts to the Music app.
Dive into the widgets gallery – jiggle the home screen and tap the plus icon in the top left corner of the screen to get there. Select the Apple Music widget, choose a size (small, medium, or large) and tap Add widget. You can then drag the widget anywhere on the home screen.
Swipe down to start searching
Despite the many filters on the Library tab, browsing your music can often be a chore. In iOS 14 and iPadOS 14, Apple Music makes things easier by adding a search bar – it’s just hidden by default.
First, tap on any of the categories in the library – albums, artists, playlists, and so on, then swipe down to reveal the search bar.
Disable movement in poster covers
The Apple Music Listen Now tab includes redesigned poster art, some with changing gradients and animations. If you prefer static posters instead, disable the appropriate setting.
First, go to iPhone / iPad Settings> Music. Tap Motion, then tap Off. Alternatively, you can only select Wi-Fi to limit the animation of poster graphics while connected to the Wi-Fi – this should help you conserve cellular data.
Boost audio with headphone adjustments
Starting with iOS 14 and iPadOS 14, you can use an accessibility setting called Headphone Adjustment to improve the sound on supported Apple and Beats headphones, such as AirPods 2 and AirPods Pro.
This is not an Apple Music related feature – it applies to all audio output in general. However, if you have hearing impairments, you should find it quite useful when listening to music.
Go to iPhone Settings> Accessibility> Audio / Visual> Headphone Adjustments. After enabling the feature, you can use the various controls listed on the screen to amplify the audio output as desired.
Love it or hate it
Apple Music continues to grow (at almost 70 million subscribers at the time of writing) so expect more additions and refinements over time. Sure – you may or may not like them all, but Apple’s music streaming service generally has it compared to. greatly improved as it was some time ago . However, Apple Music still has a long way to go if it is to catch up with Spotify.
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