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Apple Music Basics: Getting Started, Making Playlists, and More | AppleInsider

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Apple Music lets you and your family stream any of the 90 million songs in the directory, from a variety of devices. Here’s how to get started to make it work for you.

In addition to Apple, the service is also available on PC and Android devices, PlayStation 5, Roku set-top boxes, selected smart TVs from Samsung or LG and smart speakers such as Sonos, Google Nest and Amazon Echo.

Differences and costs for the different Apple Music plans

The cheapest plan for Apple Music is the $ 4.99 monthly voting plan, which allows you to play exclusively from Siri.

If you prefer a visual interface, or if you want access from a non-Apple device, you need one of the three higher levels. Individual $ 9.99 and $ 14.99 family plans come with these additional features:

  • The ability to play music from non-Apple devices
  • Listen to songs in Lossless Audio and Dolby Atmos
  • See the text view for a specific song
  • Download up to 100,000 songs to your library
  • Access your entire Apple Music library from any device
  • Follow what your friends are listening to

There is a student plan that shares the same features as the individual plan, for only $ 4.99 per month.

With the family plan, you can also share unlimited access with up to six people, and each member will have their own private library along with their own unique recommendations.

Apple Music can be combined with Apple Arcade, Apple TV + and 50 GB iCloud+ for $ 14.99 per individual plan. With the family plan, up to six people can share the benefits of 200 GB of iCloud storage. The Premier Plan, which can also be shared between six people, also includes Apple News + and Apple Fitness +along with 2TB of iCloud storage.

How to get Apple Music

The easiest way to get Apple Music is to visit Click on the red “Try 1 month free” button and you will come to a page where you can register for an Apple ID. If you are a new user, the first month of the service is free.

On an Apple device, the site will redirect you to the Music app instead, with similar steps.

You can also subscribe to Apple Music by tapping your profile picture on the Listen Now page on your Apple device. From there, just tap “Subscribe to Apple Music”.

If you have an active Apple Music Family subscription or an Apple One Family or Premier subscription, you can share Apple Music with up to five additional people.

How to set up Family Sharing for Apple Music

  1. Launch settings.
  2. Tap your name, which will launch the iCloud and Apple ID settings for your account.
  3. The interface will help you complete the installation.

Once Family Sharing is set up, be ready to invite others and ask them to accept the invitations so that everyone can use the same Apple Music subscription.

How to invite members to your family plan

  1. Launch settings.
  2. Tap your name, which will launch the iCloud and Apple ID settings for your account.
  3. In the Family Sharing section, tap Add member.
  4. If the intended member has an Apple ID account, press Invite people and enter their Apple ID email. If they are a child and do not have their own account, press Create an account for children.
  5. The interface will help you complete the installation. Repeat this for each new member.

If you are part of a sharing event under a family plan, you should now be able to see an invitation.

How to join Apple Music as a member of a family plan

  1. Launch settings.
  2. Tap your name, which will launch the iCloud and Apple ID settings for your account.
  3. Tap Invitations.
  4. The interface will help you complete the installation.

When it’s done, you should be signed on the family plan. You will still have your own private music library, as well as personal music recommendations that are unique to each member of the family. Please note that you can only join another family once a year.

Now that you have Apple Music, here’s how to use it.

One of the first things everyone would want to do on a new music streaming service is look for a song or album. Apple Music makes it easy.

How to search for new songs and albums in Apple Music

  1. Launch Apple Music.
  2. Tap search.
  3. You can search by artist, song title or even the lyrics. Start typing and you will see suggestions filled in under the search field.
  4. Press any song to start playing.

When you play a song, Apple Music offers a plethora of options. The user can like, view lyrics, view the album, share the song, among other options.

How to access song settings

  1. Launch Apple Music.
  2. When a song is playing, press the minimized banner. This will expand the song to fill the screen.
  3. Tap the ellipse icon to the right of the song title.
  4. Select an option from the set of options.

Playlists are a popular and easy way to organize your music library into collections. Apple Music has its own refined and simple playlist feature.

How to create a new playlist in Apple Music

  1. Launch Apple Music.
  2. Tap Library.
  3. Tap Playlists.
  4. Tap New playlist.
  5. You will be asked to name your playlist, add a picture and add tracks. Tap Done when you are done.

Apple Music is easy to use, affordable and available on many different devices and platforms. Not only is it easy to find the right plan and sign up, it’s even easier to start listening.

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