I emailed 3 Apple execs TWICE now about the lack of iPhone music library control

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by macbethfan, Oct 9, 2017.

  1. macbethfan macrumors member

    Jan 4, 2010
    Twentynine Palms, CA
    Seeing as Apple occasionally responds to users emails, I decided to email Tim Cook, Craig Federighi, and Kevin Lynch back on September 27th in regards to the removal of iPhone music library control on watchOS 4. I expressed my displeasure of the removal of said features and made my case for why they should be reimplemented. I didn't hear back and decided to email them a SECOND time on October 5th. Still nothing. Quite frankly, I'm just pissed off at this point. It sucks when I saw the iPhone user base being able to band together to reimplement that weird 3D Touch App Switcher in iOS 11.1 after Apple removed it, but our thoughts on music control seem to fall on deaf ears. Seriously considering selling the watch or getting a warranty replacement that (hopefully) has watchOS 3 on it. I understand they're pushing this Apple Music over LTE crap on everyone, but I'm not on board with it and I hate they took our choice away.
  2. Vell843 macrumors regular


    Jun 20, 2011
    Man I feel your pain.....see below link to an thread regarding a third party app that is probably the closet thing we will get to it.
  3. actcyclist, Oct 9, 2017
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    actcyclist macrumors 6502


    Jun 10, 2017
    I miss being able to remotely control the music library on my iPhone too, however I'll just adapt to it like always I suppose.
    I expect there's going to be a lot of unhappy users trying to play music and finding the battery life on their Watch not lasting very long.

    I don't think the Apple Watch 3 as it is set up; is practical to play music much. I noticed that battery life when playing music via AirPods was terrible for the watch. I checked out what I would expect at Apple. It seems even Apple's claim of all day battery life for the Apple Watch is based on only 30 minutes of music playback.
  4. Resqu2 macrumors 6502a

    Apr 23, 2011
    Explain what I’m missing here guys, on my AWS2 running the latest OS on both when I start a song in my IPhone music library my watch shows what’s playing, I can skip to the next song, cut volume up and down or even delete the song. I use this all the time. What am I missing? Thanks
  5. BrianSoCal macrumors 6502


    Oct 16, 2011
    Houston, TX
    I am not sure either but I think they'd like to access their library not just skip.
  6. macbethfan thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 4, 2010
    Twentynine Palms, CA
    Thank you Vell843. I'll look into that app.

    And yes, I know about the "now playing" feature, which is cool, but doesn't give me the full control over the library that I'm looking for. I know it takes longer to change music fully from the Watch as compared to the iPhone, but I don't mind that when I'm walking between classes or in the shower. The convenience factor was amazing. I now use my Watch for just notifications and the standard watch functions. I don't do fitness stuff, so that's irrelevant.
  7. Ledgem macrumors 68000


    Jan 18, 2008
    Hawaii, USA
    There used to be even greater control. You could change playlists, enable or disable shuffle and repeat all/one/none, view and then play recent songs... it was a really elaborate remote. The current remote that pops up is better than nothing, but much more limited by comparison.

    I think Apple is still trying to figure out how independent of a device the Watch should be, and the Music application was pulled in one direction. Originally it was clearly meant to be an accessory to the iPhone, but there was enough outcry that they've been implementing features with each generation to make it so that the Watch can more fully stand on its own. The original Music app did allow you to switch over to internal storage, as I recall, but I'm someone who used it as an accessory to the iPhone, so I can't remark on the functionality there. But I'd certainly like it if they returned the application to the way that it was...

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