Apple Music Needs Recently Played and Loved Playlists

Lots of people are enjoying Apple Music during the free trial, but they’re finding that it’s hard to keep track of what they’ve listened to. There’s no Recently Played playlist, unless you’ve downloaded music for offline listening, and have such a playlist in their iTunes library or on their iOS device.

Apple music lovedWith Apple Music, you can mark tracks as Loved, by tapping the ? button. But, unless those tracks are in your iTunes library or on your iOS device, you can’t find them. Marking tracks as Loved helps fine-tune Apple Music’s recommendations, but users might want to go back to all the songs they’ve loved and listen to them again.

Apple Music should not just be about listening to new music, but finding the music you’ve heard and listening to it again. When you play recommendations, if you like the music, the only way to get back to it is to add it to your My Music library. You can only do this while you’re listening to something, or if you find it again later.

All this should be automatic. Apple Music should facilitate not just finding new music, but listening to it again.

26 thoughts on “Apple Music Needs Recently Played and Loved Playlists

  1. In several previous beta of 8.4, music app had a “history” list, which made me feel confusing and frustrating, designed for tracing back to whatever you played before current time. It could not be cleared, and users could not change it of course.

    Now in iOS 9 beta 2, this function is still there, if you play music locally. Function is the same, and you can add played songs to a playlist, start a station, and more.

    This function is gone in Apple Music?

    • I’m not seeing anything, either in iOS or in iTunes. There is a history of what you’ve listened to on radio stations, but not of music you’ve selected, or listened to in playlists.

      • For Apple Music, Apple may change something, for whatever reason. I don’t use it so I may know much less than you know.

  2. In several previous beta of 8.4, music app had a “history” list, which made me feel confusing and frustrating, designed for tracing back to whatever you played before current time. It could not be cleared, and users could not change it of course.

    Now in iOS 9 beta 2, this function is still there, if you play music locally. Function is the same, and you can add played songs to a playlist, start a station, and more.

    This function is gone in Apple Music?

    • I’m not seeing anything, either in iOS or in iTunes. There is a history of what you’ve listened to on radio stations, but not of music you’ve selected, or listened to in playlists.

      • For Apple Music, Apple may change something, for whatever reason. I don’t use it so I may know much less than you know.

  3. It’s still in iOS 8.4. Tap the Up Next button, and then scroll up. I’m not using Apple Music, but it does work for tracks in your library.

  4. It’s still in iOS 8.4. Tap the Up Next button, and then scroll up. I’m not using Apple Music, but it does work for tracks in your library.

    • Only of songs in your iTunes library, not stuff you listen to on Beats 1 or through Apple Music streaming.

    • Only of songs in your iTunes library, not stuff you listen to on Beats 1 or through Apple Music streaming.

  5. You can use the scroll up trick on the “Up Next” list in iOS, but the only place I’ve found similar functionality on OSX is in the Mini-Player view, tap the “Up Next” button and there is a history/clock icon which when clicked will show your played track history. Certainly works for Apple Music based playlists and recommendations.

    The UI inconsistencies between views/screens are very annoying, speaks to a serious lack of design/test in iTunes. WIth iTunes supporting webviews, why the hell do we have to scan out to Tumblr and back for Beats1 listings, to say nothing of the atrocious integration of hyperlinking to the Beats1 experience.

  6. You can use the scroll up trick on the “Up Next” list in iOS, but the only place I’ve found similar functionality on OSX is in the Mini-Player view, tap the “Up Next” button and there is a history/clock icon which when clicked will show your played track history. Certainly works for Apple Music based playlists and recommendations.

    The UI inconsistencies between views/screens are very annoying, speaks to a serious lack of design/test in iTunes. WIth iTunes supporting webviews, why the hell do we have to scan out to Tumblr and back for Beats1 listings, to say nothing of the atrocious integration of hyperlinking to the Beats1 experience.

  7. Turns out that history is indeed there in iTunes (12.2.2.25). It works the same way as in iOS. Find the “Up Next” list and hit the clock for history. Up Next on Mac is in the icon with the dashes to the right of what is currently playing (at the top middle).

    • Unfortunately it appears that the history on your iOS device and Mac are not synchronized. That’s a substantial oversight.

  8. Turns out that history is indeed there in iTunes (12.2.2.25). It works the same way as in iOS. Find the “Up Next” list and hit the clock for history. Up Next on Mac is in the icon with the dashes to the right of what is currently playing (at the top middle).

    • Unfortunately it appears that the history on your iOS device and Mac are not synchronized. That’s a substantial oversight.

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