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Collaborative Apple Music playlists, a feature that Apple has promised for iOS 17, won't be coming in 2023. With today's iOS 17.2 release, Apple updated its iOS 17 features list [PDF] to note that the option to collaborate on playlists has been delayed.

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Apple tested collaborative playlists in the early iOS 17.2 betas, but ended up removing the feature in the fourth iOS 17.2 beta. There were likely bugs in the option that Apple was not able to remedy in time to bring the feature to iOS 17.2, and as iOS 17.2 will be the last publicly available update to iOS 17 in 2023, we won't be getting collaborative playlists until 2024.

In the iOS 17.2 beta, playlists gained a "Collaborate" option that created a link to a playlist, and anyone with access to that link was able to add to the playlist. Users had control over who was able to contribute, with an option to approve each person that asked to join and tools for removing users.

It is not clear when collaborative playlists in Apple Music might launch, but we will likely get an iOS 17.3 update in January, with testing to begin in December.

While collaborative playlists did not come in the iOS 17.2 update, Apple did add a Favorites Apple Music playlist that aggregates songs that are favorited.

Article Link: Apple Pushes Collaborative Apple Music Playlists Launch to 2024
 

t0rqx

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If it was not for all those feature reversals this could have made it this year.
 

kc9hzn

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Surprise surprise, must be all hands on deck for the Vision headset that nobody asked for...
Vision Pro is almost certainly being handled by a different team from Apple Music. (Typical Apple approach to a new product launch is to sequester away developers to work in relative secrecy, and Apple seems to be pushing the secrecy angle harder on Vision Pro than I’ve seen them push it in years [maybe since the launch of the Apple Watch]. They’re trying to prevent too much from getting out pre-release, I suspect it has to do with something they think will be the killer feature for it.) I couldn’t tell you the reason for the delay for this feature (except that real time collaboration is hard and can expose tricky bugs), but I find it safe to say that it has little to do with pulling engineers from it to work on Vision Pro.
 
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raindogg

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Spotify has been doing this for a long time now. Also, didn't iTunes have the ability to make a playlist out of your "Liked" songs? How is this old ass feature being repackaged as a new feature? And why did it take so long to come back?
 

BanjoDudeAhoy

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if it wasn’t for itunes match and how awful the spotify layout is, i would have switched ages ago. apple music is so far behind spotify on so many things.
I would love to switch to Apple Music. But while I dislike certain things about Spotify (like having to tell it per playlist what kind of shuffling to use and the fact that it randomly forgets how I sorted playlists and just applies a "Custom Order" I didn't ask for, or UI changes seemingly for the sake of changing the UI), I dislike other things in Apple Music more:
I don't like how small the timeline/"progress bar" is, somehow the audio normalization absolutely doesn't work for me and I'll end up with some songs being way louder than others when normalization is turned on.

When listening on the go via my phone, there's also some weird effect going on that almost sounds like certain instruments are "dialed out" even though I haven't applied any such settings.
 

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Yes and Apple Music has many features Spotify doesn’t have 🤷🏽‍♂️
I'm and AM user and I guess on the bright side most people I know aren't so I'm not really missing out but its seems like a pretty straight forward feature that is long overdue. Having other features isn't really an excuse for what's a pretty handy feature especially for those who have family/multi user plans.
 
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RevTEG

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Admittedly I’m an ”old” 46, but I just don’t see why I would even want to share my playlist. Don’t get me wrong, having the option will be great. I’m all for it. I just don’t see a use case for me. My family are AM users, but we have way different taste in music. I really don’t want to listen to my wife’s country playlist. She doesn‘t want to listen to my style of music either. Neither of us are wanting to listen to our teenage kids playlist. But again, having the option is great.
 

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Admittedly I’m an ”old” 46, but I just don’t see why I would even want to share my playlist. Don’t get me wrong, having the option will be great. I’m all for it. I just don’t see a use case for me. My family are AM users, but we have way different taste in music. I really don’t want to listen to my wife’s country playlist. She doesn‘t want to listen to my style of music either. Neither of us are wanting to listen to our teenage kids playlist. But again, having the option is great.
Collaborative playlists was the one thing I was waiting for but my scenario maybe isn’t for everyone. We want to keep up the boat playlist collaboratively so either of us can edit it. Gotta have the boat jams up to date and I’m older than you! 😂
 

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These collaborative playlists must be the greatest thing since sliced bread the way Apple seems to need more time to get it just right :p

(you know, as opposed to just spending a couple of days copying Spotify's implementation and having the whole thing done ages ago)
 

mainmac

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Spotify has been doing this for a long time now. Also, didn't iTunes have the ability to make a playlist out of your "Liked" songs? How is this old ass feature being repackaged as a new feature? And why did it take so long to come back?
yes, iTunes & Apple Music have always had the option for a "liked-favorites" smart playlist and I've always had one. Big woop (or a 5-star playlist before they had the Like button).
 
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