can't figure out music on the watch please help

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  1. razmonster macrumors regular

    razmonster

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    I'm a bit confused with the music app.

    I've never uploaded/activated my music into iCloud music as I hate iTunes match (it replaces my special or remixed versions of songs without asking)

    do I have to save tracks and create playlists from Apple music by activating iCloud music in order to sync to watch?
    is that how it works?

    also is there a way to search top charts? i know i can ask siri to play a particular artist or album but there's no way to see top charts by genre? like in the regular music app?

    how much space does iCloud music have for you to save tracks?

    are they actually downloaded to the phone and then to the watch or is does the watch just stream whatever you've 'saved' on your ios music app?


    thanks for insight on this
     
  2. Shirasaki macrumors G3

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    The watch generally does not “stream” music from phone to play. Instead, it is just a controller.

    I don’t use Apple Music so can’t help you on this one.
     
  3. riverfreak macrumors 65816

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    Check out the Music section of the Watch app on your iPhone.

    There you will find options for what music you would like to sync to your watch. I believe it does require an Apple Music subscription but am not certain.

    And as @Shirasaki says, you can use your watch to control music that is playing on your phone. This is actually incredibly handy, especially when skipping through ads on podcasts.
     
  4. razmonster thread starter macrumors regular

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    my question isn't about the Apple Music subscription i already have that it's about how to play it on the watch
     
  5. Shirasaki macrumors G3

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    Alright.
    Wait for watchOS 4.3. And there will be a feature to allow you to play your Apple Music on your watch.
    Right now, Siri could also be used to play Apple Music in your watch.
    Alternatively, you can go to music section of watch app. You will then be instructed how to sync some music from Apple Music to your watch for offline listening.
     
  6. razmonster thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thank you!
    4.3 is supposed to be out this month right?

    yeah i want to be able to access all or most of apple music on the watch by itself not just the radio playlists. the advertising is misleading a little bit
     
  7. riverfreak macrumors 65816

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    You can play Apple Music on your watch without 4.3. If it isn’t already synced via the Watch app, you can only access it via Siri.

    4.3 re-enables — to some extent — the ability to browse music that is stored on your phone. As it is now, if you start playing music on your phone, you can then control it on your watch.
     
  8. razmonster thread starter macrumors regular

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    so pretty much i need to activate iCloud music and create playlists/saved music there for watch to sync?
     
  9. Shirasaki macrumors G3

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    iCloud music is not required. Just sync music from your phone to your watch. This is also helpful if your watch does not have LTE connection.
    --- Post Merged, Mar 8, 2018 ---
    Yes. 4.3 is supposed to be released in late March or early April.
     
  10. razmonster thread starter macrumors regular

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    i don't keep any music or photos on my phone lol i have a 256gb for seemingly no reason
     
  11. Shirasaki macrumors G3

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    Now it’s the time to utilize that 256GB.
    I have a 128GB and still feel the storage is too small. You should be fine.
     

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