Apple Music getting major update and new features: What's worth knowing about them?

February 21, 2024  17:34

Apple Music is testing a new feature that lets you import songs and playlists into your library from rival streaming services like Spotify. In addition, the music streaming service recently launched a monthly Replay feature that shows statistics on listening to tracks, artists, and albums over the past 30 days.

Importing music from other services

According to MacRumors, users of the Reddit forum discovered information about a new feature for importing songs from other services in the latest beta version of Apple Music for Android. Later, the authors of MacRumors were able to confirm information about the development of this option. According to them, the new feature is the result of Apple's collaboration with SongShift, which is a service that allows users to transfer their music libraries and playlists between different platforms.

So far, the new option is at an early stage of development, and therefore it is not even available to all Apple beta testers.

It should be noted that third-party services for transferring music to iOS and Mac are not new: they have been around for several years, it’s just that most offer only a limited set of features in the absence of a one-time payment or subscription.

It should also be noted that testing transferring music to Apple Music using SongShift does not guarantee that this option will appear in the release version of the application. But if the test results satisfy Apple, the option may very soon be opened to all users.

Monthly listening statistics

As TechCrunch reports, thanks to the new Replay feature, Apple Music subscribers can see not only their 30-day listening statistics for tracks, artists, and albums, but also their monthly listening time.

There is also the ability to share information about Replay with family and friends, as well as view monthly and annual statistics in the Apple Music archive.

It should be noted that Apple clarified that only users who “listen to enough music” will receive monthly statistics. Exactly what quantity we are talking about is not yet very clear.

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