You will start to notice that Apple Music tends to double-up on the names that it likes. For instance, within the Hit the Gym playlist group, we found a 50-song playlist called Pop Workout. And yet, that’s also the name of an Apple Music radio station, which features much of the same content.

Speaking of radio …

Radio
Included with your Apple Music subscription is access to Beats 1, the company’s live streaming radio station staffed by expert music DJs. Much like live streaming TV, the Beats 1 schedule is a collection of shows that run 24/7 which you can listen to live, or on-demand after they air. The available archive of Beats 1 content, including interviews, shows, and special segments, is now incredibly deep. Some of these shows feel like podcasts, while others follow more traditional formats.

The Radio section of the Music app is where this live streaming and on-demand Beats 1 content can be found, but it’s also home to Apple Music’s selection of genre-based radio stations like Pop Workout, which we mentioned earlier.


These genre radio stations are a lot like terrestrial radio, since the music keeps playing as long as you keep listening, but of course, there are no ads and no live DJs. They’re just like endless playlists (which also means you’re bound to run into some weird and funky stuff if you let it run long enough, not that that’s a bad thing).

As of the launch of iOS 13, the Apple Music app can also be used to access over 100,000 traditional terrestrial radio stations too, even if your device doesn’t support iOS 13. These are provided via radio aggregators like  TuneIn, Radio.com, and iHeartRadio. Unfortunately, they’re very hard to find.

  • The only way to access them is via the Search tab. You can’t browse them by genre or location, and even when you find one you like, there’s no way to favorite it for quick access later. If your device is Siri-equipped, like an iPhone or  HomePod, you can ask Siri to play one of these radio stations by name. The best way to handle that is to Google some cool radio stations and see if any of them turn up on Apple Music. Feel free to draw some inspiration from our own collection of favorite radio stations.

Search
This one is easy: Simply type anything you want into the search field, be it a song, artist, album, radio station name, or even just a few lines from some lyrics you heard when you were out with friends. If there’s a match in your collection or the Apple Music vault (including radio content), it will show up here. If you’re curious about what other Apple Music users are looking for, this tab will show a Twitter-like trending list, but without the hashtags.

But for a really rewarding search experience, try using Siri. You can ask for a variety of Apple Music-related things, like “Play Niki Minaj,” or simply “play me something upbeat,” and the Music app will dutifully respond with customized playlists based on your request.


Now playing
The Now Playing window lets you control the playback of the current track, but it’s much more than play/pause and skip forward and back. Bringing up the full-screen version of the window shows you the relevant album cover for the track, but the real magic is in the three-dot contextual menu below the volume slider. Tapping those three dots gives you a wealth of additional options such as:

Add to library: Adds the track to your Library tab
Add to a playlist: Lets you add the track to an existing playlist or create a new one
Create Station: Triggers the creation of a custom radio station based on the track’s genre and artist. This new station appears in the For You tab for access later.
Share Song: Shares the info for the track via iOS’s normal share options like Messages and Mail.
Share Station: Same idea as Share Song, but customized to create a radio station.
Lyrics: Displays the lyrics for the song in a new window. As of iOS 13, this now includes Live Lyrics, a karaoke-style feature that helps you follow along. Not every song is supported. Android users needn’t apply just yet.
Love and Dislike: Tells Apple Music a bit more about your tastes in music so it can make better guesses in the future for suggested listening options.
Play on the web
In September 2019, Apple unleashed its web interface for those who want to jam out without their phone or those who can’t access a PC with Apple Music or iTunes installed. The web player is available for any modern browser you fancy, and it has everything you need to support your next house party, including access to your playlists and library