Apple Is Trolling Me

There’s no doubt, Apple is trolling me. On September 3, I wrote about the new personalized mixes in Apple Music. I pointed out that my New Music Mix was two-dimensional:

Since I recently got a new guitar, and have been listening to a lot of old blues, the My New Music Mix is offering me almost exclusively blues music. This ignores the rest of my iTunes library, my Apple Music play history, and my iTunes Store purchases. Sure, there’s some interesting music in the playlist, but I’d expect to hear more variety. There is one track of a piece by Steve Reich, a song by Ian Bostridge from his Shakespeare Songs album, and a few classical movements, plus a handful of random new-agey piano pieces that all sound alike, but the playlist is about 50% blues, with most of the blues songs at the beginning.

Today, I looked at the My New Music Mix, which just updated, and what do I see? Almost nothing but classical music.

My new classical music mix

This can’t be the result of some algorithm, someone at Apple is messing with me. There’s no reason for this to contain so much classical music, especially since I haven’t listened to much classical music in the past few weeks. In fact, I haven’t listened to much music an Apple Music at all in the past couple of weeks.

I note that for a while I wasn’t seeing this mix, and some correspondents have reported not seeing it, or not seeing its sibling, the My Favorites Mix.

The My Favorites Mix is great, and has been so since its launch. But the My New Music Mix is just weird. I think Apple is messing with me; there’s no other explanation.

4 thoughts on “Apple Is Trolling Me

  1. This reminds me of the Pandorgasms I used to have when, as a new Pandora listener, playlists regularly contained the perfect music mix, compelling me to conjure up conspiracy theories and invent supernatural explanations to account for their inscrutability. Currently, like the My Favorites Mix from iTunes, Pandora’s “Thumbprint” radio is also gobsmackingly amazing. And the My New Music Mix, while not always perfect, has generally contained familiar sounding tracks that are not unpleasant or tedious to listen to (which is how I often feel trying to listen to new music). Having programmed various formats of terrestrial radio stations myself, it’s not so easy to create a playlist where every third song isn’t a turd for a sizable portion of listeners. That every track in the My Favorites Mix at my house has been spot-on awesome for four weeks running is an uncanny miracle. I, for one, welcome our new algorithmic overlords.

  2. This reminds me of the Pandorgasms I used to have when, as a new Pandora listener, playlists regularly contained the perfect music mix, compelling me to conjure up conspiracy theories and invent supernatural explanations to account for their inscrutability. Currently, like the My Favorites Mix from iTunes, Pandora’s “Thumbprint” radio is also gobsmackingly amazing. And the My New Music Mix, while not always perfect, has generally contained familiar sounding tracks that are not unpleasant or tedious to listen to (which is how I often feel trying to listen to new music). Having programmed various formats of terrestrial radio stations myself, it’s not so easy to create a playlist where every third song isn’t a turd for a sizable portion of listeners. That every track in the My Favorites Mix at my house has been spot-on awesome for four weeks running is an uncanny miracle. I, for one, welcome our new algorithmic overlords.

  3. I have to say that the My New Music Mix is a gerat addition for me. It may be leaning a bit to heavy to the songs recently liked and added but other than that I can’t complain.
    The addition of these two mixes is what really makes the whole Apple Music experience worth while.

  4. I have to say that the My New Music Mix is a gerat addition for me. It may be leaning a bit to heavy to the songs recently liked and added but other than that I can’t complain.
    The addition of these two mixes is what really makes the whole Apple Music experience worth while.

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