Has Apple Music For You Run Out of Ideas Already?

Two weeks ago, I pointed out that the first classical playlist that I saw in Apple Music’s For You was Classical music for elevators.

Today, I was browsing For You again, and, at the top of the list, I saw the same playlist:

Elevators again

This isn’t the first time I’ve seen duplicates. While I don’t expect every recommendation to be unique, I’m surprised that I’ve already noticed several such repeat recommendations.

On the rock side, I keep seeing playlists about a few artists: Bruce Springsteen, Santana (because I happened to listen to one Santana album; he’s not really one of my favorite artists), U2 (spare me, please…), and Elton John (I really like Madman Across the Water, and listened to it a few times.) As far as jazz is concerned, I see a lot of Miles Davis playlists, John Coltrane, and a number of albums recommended.

But for classical music, I’ve seen Classical Music for Elevators, an Introduction to the Emerson String Quartet (because I “loved” that artist), and a playlist of recordings by Alfred Brendel (another artist I loved). But that’s about it.

If For You is to be taken seriously, there need to be a lot more varied recommendations.

8 thoughts on “Has Apple Music For You Run Out of Ideas Already?

  1. I’m finding that the recommended playlists have slowed down as well, and those are probably my favorite part of AM.

    I *really* wish I could get back my old radio stations. They’re still there if I can remember their names, but they’re hidden, buried. I remembered that there was an NPR Radio (mostly recorded news pieces from that day) and it appeared when I searched, but if I hadn’t remembered I’d never come across it again.

  2. I’m finding that the recommended playlists have slowed down as well, and those are probably my favorite part of AM.

    I *really* wish I could get back my old radio stations. They’re still there if I can remember their names, but they’re hidden, buried. I remembered that there was an NPR Radio (mostly recorded news pieces from that day) and it appeared when I searched, but if I hadn’t remembered I’d never come across it again.

  3. I haven’t turned on apple music yet (I feel more trepidation with every post I read) so I don’t know if there’s a solution, or how thoroughly apple music infects everything it can. But: Can you set something up* with match on, but apple music off? If so, does that show you the old radio stations so you can write down the names?

    * old iphone or ipad, bootable system on an external hard drive just to run old stuff. You’d probably want a system old enough that apple music can’t run on it at all, then it might show you match the old fashioned way.

  4. I haven’t turned on apple music yet (I feel more trepidation with every post I read) so I don’t know if there’s a solution, or how thoroughly apple music infects everything it can. But: Can you set something up* with match on, but apple music off? If so, does that show you the old radio stations so you can write down the names?

    * old iphone or ipad, bootable system on an external hard drive just to run old stuff. You’d probably want a system old enough that apple music can’t run on it at all, then it might show you match the old fashioned way.

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