Apple Music is a streaming service that allows you to listen to over 100 million songs. Its features include the ability to download your favorite tracks and play them offline, lyrics in real time, listening across all your favorite devices, new music personalized just for you, curated playlists from our editors, and much more. All this in addition to exclusive and original content.
Playing media files such as videos in, for example, VLC player triggers a music.app icon to appear on the Menu Bar, with a small control panel (play and skip controls). Apple Music itself does not open.
iTunes has long been necessary to sync and manage music and other content between your computer and iOS devices. But what started life as a simple piece of software gradually mushroomed into a big, bloated, buggy application that was saddled with too many features for its own good.
For macOS Catalina, Apple finally got the message and has jettisoned iTunes in favor of smaller dedicated applications for your music, podcasts, TV shows and movies, and audiobooks. (It remains in Windows.)
Most, but not all, of the menu commands are similar between iTunes and the Music app. The main difference lies in music syncing. To manually sync your music and other content, you now go through Finder instead of iTunes. Here's what else you need to know.
The Music app is easy to locate as it sports the familiar iTunes icon. The first time you open it, you'll see a Welcome to Apple Music message. To learn more, click the "Take a Quick Tour" link. Otherwise, click the button to Start Listening. If you're not already signed in, click the Account menu and select Sign in. Then sign in with your Apple ID and password.
Like with iTunes, the Music app gives you the ability to import a song or album into your existing library. Click File > Import, then navigate to the folder containing the music you want to import. You can select multiple songs and albums to import all at once, then click the Open button. Return to the Music app, and those albums and songs appear in your library.
Finally, you can view and adjust certain settings and preferences for the Music app just as you could with iTunes. Click the Music menu and select Preferences. At the General tab, you can sync your library, turn on automatic downloads, and show certain items. The Sync Library option appears only if you subscribe to Apple Music and will let you access your entire iCloud music library across all your devices.
Android and Fire Tablets Open the Amazon Music app. Tap the Settings icon in the upper right corner. Choose Settings from the list that appears. Scroll down to the Storage section. Tap on Clear Cache.
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Most people would agree that not only the era of buying CDs is over but even buying individuals songs or albums digitally. Why spend $9.99 on an album when you can get a nearly unlimited amount of music streamed to all of your devices for the same price?
No wonder music streaming services are booming. There's Apple Music, YouTube Music, Amazon Music, TIDAL, SoundCloud, and more. But, by far, the biggest player in this industry today is Spotify, which is available in over 90 countries and boasts a sizable library of 60 million songs.
So how to play Spotify on Mac? How to download Spotify on Mac? How to update Spotify on Mac? How to download music from Spotify? You can find answers to all these questions and more in our handy guide below.
Spotify has a lot of things going for it. The library of songs is enormous and updated daily with all the new releases. Since the service has signed agreements with every major label, you can find any songs or albums pretty much since the start of music recording, from the Beatles to Lil Wayne.
The Spotify app for Mac also connects you to your Facebook friends, so you can see what others are listening to and discover new music that way. Besides, Spotify has by now become a powerful player in the podcast world, featuring lots of exclusives, such as Joe Rogan Experience and The Michelle Obama Podcast.
Can you download music from Spotify? Of course! You can download Spotify songs, albums, playlists, and podcasts until you run out of storage space on your device. For the app itself, you can get a Spotify download for Mac, iOS, Android, and Windows.
As soon as you figure out how to play Spotify on Mac, you get instant access to more than 60 million songs. The next best thing you can do is fine-tune your audio setup to really enjoy your newly found unlimited music experience.
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If the Apple Music app disappeared from your Home screen, you might have removed the app or accidentally deleted it. Whether the app's icon is hidden or actually deleted, you can easily find and add the app back. For more great Apple Music tutorials, check out our free Tip of the Day.
The Download Dolby Atmos feature lets Apple Music users download their favorite music tracks in Spatial Audio quality (if available). This format delivers three-dimensional sound, making it seem like your music is coming from all around you rather than just the left and right stereo channels.
Equalizers help tailor your sound by letting you increase or decrease the volume of specific frequencies. You can also choose custom audio presets (Acoustic, Classical, etc.) designed to bring out the best in specific music genres.
If you prefer not having your zen disrupted by an annoying alarm, you can change how your timer alerts you. Instead of playing a tone, you can set up the timer so that it stops music playback when your countdown is up.
There are two ways to access AirPlay controls. The first way is from the Control Center, which lets you access AirPlay Mirroring options and choose audio outputs for AirPlay in the music controls. You can also use AirPlay from apps that support it. In those apps, the AirPlay icon will appear when available.
You can also copy just a selection of iPod and iPhone content. Once you have made a selection in TouchCopy (see Browsing your music), you can transfer it into your music library by pressing the "Copy to iTunes" or "Copy to Music" button in the TouchCopy Control Bar.
If transferring songs displayed as a result of an TouchCopy search, you have the option to create a playlist with the same name of the search text. To do so, please make sure that the "Save music search result as a playlist" box is checked in the Options > Music menu.
To transfer your playlists from your iPod or iOS device into your music library select the Playlists you want from the source list in TouchCopy. You can select multiple playlists by CTRL-Clicking(PC) or cmd-Clicking(Mac) items in this list. Once you have selected your Playlists - click the "Copy to iTunes" or "Copy to Music" button in TouchCopy. A new playlist will be created in your iTunes/Music library to match the playlist copied from your device.
The transferring cycle doesn't have to stop at iTunes/Music! You can then sync your newly filled music library with other iPods, iPads and iPhones which you may want to access the music from. Below is a video of the complete process of using TouchCopy to transfer music from an old iPod or iPhone to a new iPhone:
If you use several Apple devices and have an Apple Music subscription, you may find it helpful to utilize the iCloud music library. When signed into the same iCloud account on all devices, the feature will sync all of your songs, albums, and playlists and even restore purchases regardless of whether you bought them on your iPhone, iPad, or Mac.
However, this service isn't without its downsides. If you have a significantly large music library, downloading across devices can take hours or even days. In addition, some have found that the iCloud music library messes up the metadata of your tracks, which you might find inconvenient. Whatever your reasoning, if you choose to turn off your iCloud music library, doing so is easy and should only take a few seconds.
Control Center, which can hold many buttons and sliders, simplifies this. Instead of having all the controls you access in the menu bar, many of them are available in the Control Center panel. To display it, click the Control Center icon. Control Center displays with its palette of sliders and buttons:
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