iOS comes with the native Apple Music app, but there are several third-party apps that provide an even better experience for users who subscribe to Apple’s streaming service. If you’re an Apple Music subscriber and want to know how to enjoy your music library more, check out some of the best iOS apps that integrate with Apple Music.
Instead of acting as an Apple Music alternative player, SongCapsule (formerly Next DJ) offers features that help you rediscover your current music library. This app uses algorithms to generate smart playlists and magic DJs mixing songs from your favorite artists and genres.
It’s always nice to discover new songs, but even if you have great songs in your library, you may forget them after a while. As such, his one of my favorite features of SongCapsule is the Forgotten Songs playlist, which is exactly what the name suggests. All your past favorite songs in one place.
You’ll also find other smart playlists with the most played songs from specific artists and genres. Not to mention playlists containing songs you’ve added to your library but never played. Playlists are automatically generated based on your Apple Music data and updated each time you open the app.
SongCapsule is available on the App Store as a one-time purchase for $4.99. This app has versions for iPhone, iPad, and Mac.
Some people subscribe to Apple Music but don’t like the official Music app. The Marvis app is a great alternative to the official Apple Music app as it has all the features you would expect to be able to explore your music library by albums, playlists, genres, etc.
The app’s home screen can be customized to your liking, with only the sections you need. For example, you can choose from recently played songs, most played songs, favorite songs, top charts, new releases, radio stations and more to make your home experience unique within the app.
Another interesting feature of the Marvis app is the side menu that can be accessed with gestures. This is great if you need to use your phone with just one hand. You’ll also find a nice and intuitive interface that works in both portrait and landscape mode.
Marvis is available on the App Store as a one-time purchase for $8.99. It also offers additional integration with Last.fm that can be unlocked with a $4.99 in-app purchase. This app works on iPhone and iPad.
Similar to Marvis, Soor is another alternative to the official Apple Music app for iOS. It also offers a cool feature for users who aren’t happy with the default his iPhone Music app. Soor’s interface is highly customizable, with options for changing the home section, setting a light or dark theme, and rearranging playlists.
In addition to sections from your local music library such as albums and playlists, you can also add For You, New Songs, Hot Tracks, and other sections directly from Apple Music. A feature called Magic Mix allows you to create Genius-like playlists with filters such as artist, album, genre, composer, and play count.
The app also comes with multiple widgets for the iOS home screen. It’s perfect for customizing your iPhone and also gives you easy access to your favorite songs. This includes the Now Playing, Magic Mix, and Music Collection widgets. There is even a cover flow.
Soor is available as a one-time purchase on the App Store for $6.99. The app is compatible with iPhone and iPad.Don’t forget to read the full Soor review here 9to5Mac.
Apple Music doesn’t have a way to follow your favorite artists to keep track of their latest and upcoming albums and songs, but MusicHarbor does just that. Instead of offering suggestions or acting as an alternative player for Apple Music, MusicHarbor is built for users who know exactly who they want to follow.
Just open the app, search for artists, and start following them. MusicHarbor will do the rest. The app shows a list of all the albums released by each artist and also shows upcoming content such as singles and video clips. I can do it.
Additionally, MusicHarbor has a button that redirects to a web page containing the latest news about the artist, and a dedicated tab for viewing upcoming concerts. There are also widgets, iCloud data sync, and theme options available to users.
MusicHarbor is free to try on the App Store, but some features require in-app purchases to unlock. Available for iPhone, iPad, and Mac.
Longplay is also an interesting app introduced this year to help users rediscover their music library. Unlike all other apps on this list, Longplay focuses on exploring entire albums and playlists you own. Except for those that only add some songs to Apple Music library.
When you open the app, you’ll only see album and playlist artwork. You can sort the main app view by selecting albums, playlists only, or use one of the smart “sort by” options. No extra options or anything to make you wonder where to start. All you have to do is tap an album or playlist and start listening.
Long press an album to choose to play it in shuffle mode or use AirPlay. This is a fun app and Apple Music users should try it.
Longplay is available on the App Store as a one-time purchase for $3.99. This app has versions for iPhone and iPad.
We’ve already talked about the concertino here 9to5Macis an app focused on “turning Apple Music into a magical classical music jukebox”. Previously available only as a web app, Concertino is now available for his iOS on the App Store.
Concertino acts as a third-party client for Apple Music, making it easy to find classic songs on Apple’s music streaming service. Explore classical music by most requested composers, historical eras, or playlist suggestions (called “radio stations” in the app).
This app is available for free on the iOS App Store. Concertino works on iPhone and iPad.
These apps are sure to give you a whole new experience with Apple Music. Replace the official music app or rediscover songs you don’t remember right now.
Note that these apps work best with an Apple Music subscription, but they also work with songs purchased from the iTunes Store or synced to the Music app from your computer.
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