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Resolved Apple Music broken on Apple Watch?

Canubis

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I've been using each Apple Music, Airpods and Apple Watch for quite some time but never all 3 together. So I thought why not give it a try. But not sure if it's broken by design or just my configuration not working as expected.

E.g. I seem to be unable to browse any playlists or albums I have added to my library from Apple Music, also shouldn't there be some "For You" area or other way to access Apple Music besides what I already know and added? The only music I see on the watch when tapping on "Library" are few playlists and albums I manually selected in the iPhone's Watch app to sync over.

Is this the standard, what am I missing or do your configurations behave completely different? Can anyone actually fully use Apple Music the their watch?

(iPhone and Apple Watch are updated to the latest stable software versions as of today.)
 

Bazooka-joe

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I use Apple music on my watch and I can’t say I’ve encountered any browsing problems with playlists or albums. I have nothing saved to my watch and I am sure that I can see all my albums on my phone and in Apple Music but I will check again tomorrow and let you know
 
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Canubis

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Thanks! Wondering if there is a special "Apple Music" menu on your Watch or if all you playlists show up in "Library". Here Library seems to show only stuff that is synced locally onto the Watch.
 
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nikkisharif

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I just checked my watch & I’m able to see all music & playlists that are on my paired iPhone. If it helps, I’m using a S4 on 5.2.1.
 
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Bazooka-joe

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Thanks! Wondering if there is a special "Apple Music" menu on your Watch or if all you playlists show up in "Library". Here Library seems to show only stuff that is synced locally onto the Watch.
My watch shows two options - on iPhone or Library. iPhone gives me access to the stream the music that is stored locally on my phone. Library gives me access to my Apple Music. You could check that your watch can access Apple Music by asking Siri on your watch to play something that Isn’t in your collection
 
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matrix07

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Do you see New Music, Friends, Favorites and Chill playlist there?
 
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Bazooka-joe

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I can see Apple Music on my watch. I can see in the list - Playlists, artists albums, songs from apple music. All of my playlists are there
 
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Canubis

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Thanks for all your investigations & replies!

I removed all music that I had synced to the watch through the Watch app. Now the Music app on the watch says there is no music and Library just shows empty. There also is the entry to access music that's on the iPhone.
When instructing Siri to play some music I don't have in my Library in my Library (on iPhone) either it doesn't react, doesn't understand the request or maybe weirdest of all just plays it on the iPhone (although Siri on the watch confirms the request.

Is there any known way to reset the Music app or Apple Music settings for the watch without factory resetting the whole watch?

Update: Alright, mystery solved I guess. My Watch Series 2 apparently is too old for Apple Music. One needs at least Series 3 to use Apple Music on the Apple Watch: https://support.apple.com/guide/watch/apdc82128035/watchos
 
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