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How to Make an Apple Music Profile to Connect With Friends in iOS 11

Although Apple has fumbled with social network features within its music apps in the past, the company is trying again with an all-new social sharing ability in iOS 11. There's no exact name for the feature, but Apple describes it as a way for you to discover music that your friends are listening to through sharing playlists, artists, and albums on your own personal Apple Music profile.

If you already have an Apple Music account with a paid subscription, or if you're taking advantage of the service's free three-month trial period, follow these steps to enable the social sharing features within Apple's streaming music service. Note that this guide is specifically tailored for iOS devices, but the process is similar on macOS.

Creating a Profile on Apple Music




  1. Open Apple Music. (Note: opening Apple Music for the first time after installing iOS 11 should also give you a direct link to "Get Started" with friend sharing, so jump to Step 5 if you tap this button.)

  2. Tap the "For You" tab.

  3. Tap your profile picture in the top right corner.

  4. Choose "Start Sharing with Friends" and then "Get Started."

  5. Upload a profile photo, type in your name, and pick a username so other Apple Music users can find you. Tap "Next" when done.

  6. Choose "Everyone" or "People You Choose" to determine who can see your listening history.

  7. Choose the playlists to share on your profile, or "Hide all" to show none.

  8. Pick contacts to share music with.

  9. Toggle on/off "Friends" and "Artists and Shows" to choose what kind of push notifications you want. Tap "Done."

If you can't find the friend you're looking for in the recommended contacts section, navigate to Apple Music's "Search" tab. With iOS 11, this area now functions as a profile and user playlist search tool as well. Start typing in their name and you might see an "in people" recommendation, or simply tap the "Search" button and you'll see results for Songs, Albums, Playlists, Music Videos, Connect, Artists, and now People and Shared Playlists at the bottom.

With your own Apple Music profile set up, you can begin listening to music as normal, and the more you do the more your favorite albums, artists, and songs will show up in the "Friends Are Listening To" section of your followers' "For You" tabs. On your own "For You" tab, you can tap "See All" and browse a list of recent albums and playlists listened to by your friends, and then tap to add them to your own library.

If your friends allow it, this will even include their own personally created playlists. To discover and save the playlists of a specific person, follow these steps. Note that this guide assumes the friend in question has their activity shared to "Everyone," or that they have chosen you to share with.

Finding Friends' Shared Playlists on Apple Music




  1. Navigate to your Apple Music profile.

  2. Scroll down to "Following," then tap the friend you're looking for, or tap "See All" for a vertical list.

  3. Scroll through their "Playlists" and "Listening To" to find a collection you want to save.

  4. Tap the collection you want, then "+Add" to place it in your library.

From then on, you'll find friends' playlists taking precedence atop the playlists section of your library, alongside any Apple curated collections. The name of the playlist will be there, along with the name of your friend. Once added, it'll function in much the same way as Apple's own playlists, updating in your library when changes are made by your friend.

You can revisit your profile any time by tapping your profile picture in the top right of "For You," and here you'll see your shared playlists, content you've listened to recently, followers, and following. Tap the "Edit" button to customize items like your profile picture, name, username, follower permissions, and reorganize shared playlists.

If you ever change your mind about sharing a playlist (which also makes it searchable to anyone using Apple Music), tap on the playlist in your library, tap "Edit" in the top right corner, then toggle off "Show on My Profile and in Search." You can follow these same steps for adding a new playlist onto your profile whenever you create a new collection of songs.


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Apple Music for Android Updated With Support for Voice Search, Adding Friends

Alongside today's release iOS 11, Apple updated its Apple Music app for Android devices to introduce feature parity with the new version of Apple Music in the iOS update.

Android users can now create an Apple Music profile to follow friends and see what they've been listening to. The same feature was introduced in Apple Music on iOS devices with iOS 11.

Today's update brings a new Recently Played Widget, designed to let Android users show and play music on the home screen of their device.

There's also support for Voice Search, so Android users can hold down the home button or say "Ok Google" to search for and play Music, and there are new home screen shortcuts built in. A tap and hold on the Apple Music icon will play Beats 1 or start a search.

Apple Music for Android can be downloaded from the Google Play store for free.


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Apple Releases New Trailer for ‘Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives’ Film, Debuting October 3

Apple recently shared a new trailer for its upcoming Apple Music exclusive documentary, Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives. The documentary is about the life of music producer Clive Davis and based on his autobiography of the same name that released in late 2013. Directed by Chris Perkel, the film catalogues the life of Davis from his start at Columbia Records in the 1960s, to his work at record companies like J Records and RCA Music Group in the 2000s.

The new trailer showcases a few of the artists that Davis discovered and mentored over the course of his career: Janis Joplin, Miles Davis, Bruce Springsteen, Alicia Keys, TLC, Usher, Billy Joel, Maroon 5, Whitney Houston, and more. Perkel's documentary offers interviews with some of these artists, as well as archival footage, as they gather to take a look back at Davis' life and career.

More than mere biography, The Soundtrack of Our Lives is a guided tour of cultural revolution from the ’60s to the rise of hip- hop, led by a man who consistently caught the next wave before everyone else—if he didn’t just create the wave himself. In Aretha’s words, Davis is “the greatest record man of all time,” and The Soundtrack of Our Lives is definitive, ceaselessly entertaining proof.
Apple originally bought the rights to Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives in April, around the time that the film debuted at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City. Apple Music has become home to a few music-related documentaries and films since the service launched in 2015, including Taylor Swift's 1989 World Tour Live, the docu-series The Score, and Sean Combs hip-hop documentary Can't Stop Won't Stop.

In the trailer for the new documentary, it's announced that Apple Music subscribers will be able to watch Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives beginning Tuesday, October 3.


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Apple Shares Video Highlighting Apple Music Streaming Over LTE on Apple Watch Series 3

Apple today uploaded a new Apple Watch Series 3 ad to its YouTube channel, highlighting the Apple Watch Series 3 and its upcoming Apple Music integration. The video was first shown on stage during Apple's iPhone-centric event earlier this week.

The ad features a skateboarder listening to music streamed from his Apple Watch to the AirPods while he performs a series of skateboard tricks.


With Apple Watch Series 3 models that feature cellular connectivity, Apple Music songs will be able to be streamed directly to the device over an LTE connection, no iPhone needed.

An Apple Music subscription and an iPhone 6 or later with the same service provider and wireless service plan are required to enable the Apple Music streaming feature on the Apple Watch Series 3.

Apple has not revealed how streaming music will affect the battery life on the Apple Watch. With most tasks over LTE, battery life is impacted. A phone call over LTE, for example, will drain the Apple Watch's battery in just an hour.

Apple says the Apple Music streaming feature is coming soon to the Apple Watch Series 3.

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Apple Watch Series 3 commercial promotes untethered Apple Music streaming

Apple on Friday pushed a new video to its official YouTube channel, highlighting Apple Music streaming on the go with the new LTE-enabled Apple Watch Series 3.... Read the rest of this post here


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