Apple Music Updates 'For You' With New Layout Featuring More Frequent Song Recommendations

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As part of the iOS 12.3 release yesterday, Apple Music updated with a brand-new "For You" section. This refreshed tab now updates multiple times per day with new music suggestions based on genres you love, artists you might enjoy, and moods that match certain themes. Overall, the tab also now falls in line with the layout changes previously seen in Apple Music's Browse tab that hit earlier this year.


The top of For You still highlights your various personal "Mixes" that Apple Music curates throughout the week, including Favorites, Friends, Chill, and New Music. Below this is where the changes appear, beginning with "Recently Played" playlists and albums appearing above "Friends Are Listening To," whereas before it was the reverse order.

Below that, For You is divided into various themed sections based on your listening habits, which will be different for every user. These include areas like "Teen Pop," "Rise and Smile," "It's Only Tuesday?," recently updated playlists, genres like country and electronic, and more.

Apple Music can now even curate song and artist recommendations based on your own personal playlists. Sections like this are called "Based on [Playlist Name]" and they present you with albums that you might be interested in, based on the songs that you have in the designated playlist.


Finally, at the very bottom of For You there is a category for recommended friends and "New Releases." Updates to Apple Music's user profiles or any other tabs in the app have not appeared, but you can see the new For You tab in iTunes on Mac as well.

The Apple Music updates in iOS 12.3 appeared alongside a lengthy list of features, including AirPlay 2 for smart TVs, a redesigned TV app for the Apple TV, and various other bug fixes and improvements.

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garnerx

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Now if they'd only stop Apple Music overwriting all the CD rips and carefully curated album art in my personal library, I might actually use it.
 
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tylersdad

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I'm interested to know what you like about Apple Music?

I switched from AM to Spotify and love it.
I get Apple Music for free with my Verizon Wireless subscription. I tried using it. I tried liking it, I really did, but Apple Music just seems clueless. For example, I created a station from the band, Shinedown. They are a rock band...pretty much pure rock. So why did Apple Music play country and rap on my Shinedown station? It's either way too smart or way too stupid. I'm guessing the later.

I gladly pay for Amazon Music, even though I get Apple Music for free.
 

FierceCorgi

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Early still, I'll have to see how it works updating during the day, but at first glance I'm liking this layout better than the old one (which I use as my primary "entry point" into Apple Music typically). It surfaced some more niche genres (British Metal, Soft Rock) and each row has a pretty good mix of playlists, popular albums and a couple of "deeper cut" type albums. It also got rid of the "artist spotlight" playlists that I rarely used anyway (the "remixed", "inspired by", etc.). A positive upgrade for me so far.
 

DanielDD

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I'm interested to know what you like about Apple Music?

I switched from AM to Spotify and love it.
- I can add songs I purchased elsewhere to my Library, sync/stream them across my devices as they were part of Apple Music
- I can edit the metadata of songs (no more weird genre categorisations, misnamed songs, mismatched album covers)
- I can create smart playlists with intricate rules
- I have fined-grained custom controls for each song (I can even set different equalisation set ups depending on my songs)

Sure, Spotify is better if you live on third-party playlists. If you actually care about your library, Apple Music is the only streaming service that actually allows you to have full control over every aspect.
 

DanielDD

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It is absolute trash, isn't it?

No, AM, I do not want to listen to top 40 garbage. Considering I have never once ever listened to any of the artists listed on browse you would think it would be smart enough to filter out that music, but nope.
The browse tab is not meant to give you personalised recommendations. That's what For You is for.
 

AZMecha

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The update is ok But wish they kept in for you the daily curated list.. Now all we have as an option are the A'List categories and Beat's 1!
 

decafjava

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I get Apple Music for free with my Verizon Wireless subscription. I tried using it. I tried liking it, I really did, but Apple Music just seems clueless. For example, I created a station from the band, Shinedown. They are a rock band...pretty much pure rock. So why did Apple Music play country and rap on my Shinedown station? It's either way too smart or way too stupid. I'm guessing the later.

I gladly pay for Amazon Music, even though I get Apple Music for free.
Well try first setting up your likes and dislikes (not sure if you did that) when first setting it up, and liberally use "thumbs up" or "down" so it can build a refined portrait of your taste and what you like and dislike. I have done this and it is much more accurate now. I presume most streaming services are similar.
 

DNichter

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I love this and it has been working great for me. I listen to a lot of punk/metal and it has been showing me different sub genre's and recommendations based on what I have "loved" in AM. So far, it's been better for me than Spotify ever was, which was what I felt was lacking the most from AM. The key is to go love all of your favorite artists/albums.
 

patent10021

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I like you Apple. I have been with you for eons. My livelihood was founded upon your products. But you are so @#%* clueless without Steve now.

Why is it we cannot lookup and listen to the previously played song in Apple Radio? People don't really worry about the next song all that much because it's coming up next. People are however very interested in finding out what the previous song was because many times we just catch the last 10 seconds of the song or we are busy doing something.

iTunes used to have this feature. Then you removed it. You have become a watch-band whore.

Please get back to basics.
 
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JimmyBanks6

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The browse tab is not meant to give you personalised recommendations. That's what For You is for.
The point being I don't want to "browse" top 40, and the algorithms should be smart enough to identify that, and therefore display music I'd actually have interest in browsing.

For You is too reliant on your music history, and barely present's anything new. It isn't so much browsing your tailored music, but regurgitates what you've previously listened to, and has one section on what your friends are listening to.
 

tylersdad

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Well try first setting up your likes and dislikes (not sure if you did that) when first setting it up, and liberally use "thumbs up" or "down" so it can build a refined portrait of your taste and what you like and dislike. I have done this and it is much more accurate now. I presume most streaming services are similar.
Thanks for the advice. I did all of that. I "thumbs up" and "thumbs down" all the music I don't want it to play. It just doesn't get it. Jason Aldean is not rock, has no business being played on a station who's primary band is a rock band.
 

Captain_Awesome

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Not sure how the "For You" section is brand new. I've had it since IOS 12, 12.1, and currently 12.2. Didn't upgrade to 12.3 yet.




As part of the iOS 12.3 release yesterday, Apple Music updated with a brand-new "For You" section. This refreshed tab now updates multiple times per day with new music suggestions based on genres you love, artists you might enjoy, and moods that match certain themes. Overall, the tab also now falls in line with the layout changes previously seen in Apple Music's Browse tab that hit earlier this year.


The top of For You still highlights your various personal "Mixes" that Apple Music curates throughout the week, including Favorites, Friends, Chill, and New Music. Below this is where the changes appear, beginning with "Recently Played" playlists and albums appearing above "Friends Are Listening To," whereas before it was the reverse order.

Below that, For You is divided into various themed sections based on your listening habits, which will be different for every user. These include areas like "Teen Pop," "Rise and Smile," "It's Only Tuesday?," recently updated playlists, genres like country and electronic, and more.

Apple Music can now even curate song and artist recommendations based on your own personal playlists. Sections like this are called "Based on [Playlist Name]" and they present you with albums that you might be interested in, based on the songs that you have in the designated playlist.


Finally, at the very bottom of For You there is a category for recommended friends and "New Releases." Updates to Apple Music's user profiles or any other tabs in the app have not appeared, but you can see the new For You tab in iTunes on Mac as well.

The Apple Music updates in iOS 12.3 appeared alongside a lengthy list of features, including AirPlay 2 for smart TVs, a redesigned TV app for the Apple TV, and various other bug fixes and improvements.

Article Link: Apple Music Updates 'For You' With New Layout Featuring More Frequent Song Recommendations
 

GeneralChang

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Been thoroughly enjoying these interface changes in the For You tab on macOS today. We'll have to see how this shakes out over the next week or so, but assuming regular updates this will keep me from ever visiting the Browse tab again unless I'm actually searching for something specific.

Which, you know... that's amazing.
 

decafjava

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Not sure how the "For You" section is brand new. I've had it since IOS 12, 12.1, and currently 12.2. Didn't upgrade to 12.3 yet.
It's not new as such but they changed how it works. Before it would refresh every day (24 hours) now it refreshes several times a day.
 

funandblindness

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Now if they'd only stop Apple Music overwriting all the CD rips and carefully curated album art in my personal library, I might actually use it.
That actually doesn't happen. I have a huge amount of cd rips and custom album art that has never been touched by Apple Music. It works great side by side and integrates well when the ripped cds are not available in Apple Music.
 

mox358

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So far this is a great upgrade. I always felt like AM was shoving rap and pop music down my throat and I had to wade through that to get to the music I listen to. Now my entire For You section is rock artists and related sub-genres. Definitely liking the multiple updates during a day too. It’s a minor update but it’s made AM much easier to use.
 
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xyz01

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That actually doesn't happen. I have a huge amount of cd rips and custom album art that has never been touched by Apple Music. It works great side by side and integrates well when the ripped cds are not available in Apple Music.
It has, on occasion, deleted files. For me, it happened a couple of weeks ago - noticed that iTunes had some errors and couldn't find the files, verified the locations and they were gone. Fortunately, backup works - so the files were restored and feedback to Apple provided.