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There’s a lot to love about the new Apple Music Getting Started With Apple Music — What You Need to Know Getting Started With Apple Music — What You Need to Know After the purchase of Beats last year, Apple has finally unleashed its streaming music service upon the world. Read More  streaming service. I’m most taken by the ability to make playlists using the vast library of online music, share it with friends, and import playlists. Want to know how to do that?

On iOS, the procedure is really straightforward. It’s slightly more complex in iTunes, much like other things unless you hack and improve iTunes 8 iTunes Hacks For Improved Functionality 8 iTunes Hacks For Improved Functionality iTunes is a rich and feature-packed music management application, but that doesn't mean there's not room for improvement. Some simple changes and additional features can make the application even better. Read More . But once you set up a few, you’ll find it easy to get going.

First, Sync iCloud Music

Before you start making and saving your own playlists in Apple Music, you need to enable iCloud Music Library.

On iPhone or iPad:

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Go to Settings > Music > iCloud Music Library, and toggle the setting to switch it on. If it’s already on, you don’t need to do anything.

In iTunes:

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  1. Go to Preferences > General, and check the box for iCloud Music Library. If it’s already checked, you don’t need to do anything.
  2. Search for any song in Apple Music using the Search bar.
  3. In search results, click the ellipsis icon next to the song to see the option “Add to My Music”. Click that. iTunes will again prompt you to sync your iCloud Music Library across devices.
  4. Follow the steps to sync.

When you enable iCloud Music Library, the app will prompt you to either Merge your current library with it or Replace your current library. Choose to Merge — it’s the safer option and you won’t lose your music this way.

Create and Save a New Playlist

Now that you have Apple Music working in sync with iCloud Music Library, you’re ready to make and save playlists.

On iPhone or iPad:

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  1. Go to Music > My Music > Playlists > All Playlists > New.
  2. Choose a title, description and image for your playlist. Maybe some free album cover art 7 Websites To Search For The Perfect Album Cover Art 7 Websites To Search For The Perfect Album Cover Art Read More could work?
  3. Tap Add Songs to find a search tab and a list of categories (Artists, Albums, Genres and so on). These categories show music already added to your library, either offline or online. The search bar lets you search for songs to stream through Apple Music or your locally stored songs.
  4. Once you find a song you want, tap the red “+” icon to add it to the playlist.
  5. After adding your desired tunes, tap Done till you are back in your playlist’s main page. Here, you can change the order of the tracks (tap and hold to drag and drop).

Note: You can also add songs to existing playlists by tapping the ellipsis icon next to the song (or in the Now Playing area at the bottom of the screen) and choosing Add to Playlist.

On iTunes:

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  1. Go to the Playlists tab. In the bottom-left corner, click the “+” sign and choose New Playlist.
  2. Name your playlist, add an image, and click the Edit playlist button to add a description.
  3. Search for any song using the built-in search box, filter the results in Apple Music, and click any suggested keyword you like.
  4. In the search results (separated by songs, albums, artists, playlists and more), click the ellipsis icon, click Add To, and choose the playlist or create a new one.
  5. Use the Edit playlist button from step two to change the playing order of your songs.

How to Share a Playlist

It’s best to use songs from Apple Music’s online streaming service, as far as possible, since that lets you also share playlists perfectly. The process couldn’t be simpler.

On iPhone and iPad:

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  1. Go to Music > My Music > Playlists and tap the playlist you want to share.
  2. Tap the Share icon and choose what you want from Apple’s default share menu.

On iTunes:

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  1. Go to Playlists and tap the playlist you want to share.
  2. Tap the Share icon and choose how and where you want to share it.

Pro Tip: The direct link is complex and unintelligible, so you won’t ever remember it. If you want a memorable playlist address to share any time, create a customizable link with URL shortening service like is.gd, which you can do without signing up 10 Common Web Tasks You Can Do Without Signing Up 10 Common Web Tasks You Can Do Without Signing Up Security bugs like Heartbleed make it clear that your logins and passwords are not safe. But what if you could use the Web for common tasks without signing up for an account? Read More .

So for example, I could make is.gd/MihirPlaylistMUOTest, which is easy to remember.

Get Offline Playlists or Delete Them

The menu options (the ellipsis icon) for playlists in both iOS and on desktop offer other features that you’ll find useful.

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Make Available Offline: You don’t always need the Internet to listen to your favorite playlist. If you choose to make it available offline, Apple will download those songs to your device’s memory (just make sure you have freed up space The Best Tips For Freeing Up Spare Memory On Your iPad The Best Tips For Freeing Up Spare Memory On Your iPad There's no disputing the fact that iPhones and iPads are very sought after devices, but the price of owning these gadgets can be very costly, especially when Apple charges over $600-$700 for 32GB and 64GB... Read More ) and download any future songs you add to this playlist automatically.

Delete Playlist Permanently: Don’t like your playlist or made a better alternative? Delete it. Simple.

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Duplicate Playlist (iTunes Only): If you want to tweak a playlist without losing any data, duplicate it and then start editing. It’s an effective way to make a backup or mess with the play order without ruining months of work.

Discover Great Playlists

Music is subjective, and there is joy in discovering music recommended by someone else Discover New Music With Twitter #music for Desktop & iPhone [Web & iOS] Discover New Music With Twitter #music for Desktop & iPhone [Web & iOS] Twitter's new music discovery service for finding bands and artists has been out for nearly two weeks now and that has given us plenty of time to put the aptly named #music through its paces.... Read More . Well, the Internet has you covered there.

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Apple Playlists

Apple itself has a team of editors who make curated playlists for anyone to listen to. The For You tab is full of wonderful playlists that are meant to appeal to your tastes. You can browse playlists in Apple Music, and even add any playlist to your own library. The way to do this is exactly like how you would add songs to a playlist, described above.

Why would you want to do that, I hear you ask? Because you can edit the playlist if it’s added to your own library! You get the best of Apple’s curated music while being able to customize it to your tastes.

Playlist-Hunt

Playlist Hunt

Inspired by launch discovery tool Product Hunt At 28, He's Running A $7 Million Company That Just Recommends New Apps At 28, He's Running A $7 Million Company That Just Recommends New Apps Links to apps sounds simple, but there's a lot more to Product Hunt – and there is a lot more to founder Ryan Hoover. Read More , Playlist Hunt invites users to share their playlists while other users upvote playlists they like. So everyday, you have a list of new playlists, ranked by popularity on that day. With one tap, you can open it in iTunes on your Windows or Mac computer or Music on your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch.

Reddit-amplaylists

r/AMPlaylists

Yet another way to use Reddit productively How To Use Reddit Productively. Yes, You Read That Correctly. How To Use Reddit Productively. Yes, You Read That Correctly. Reddit’s just a huge timesink? Wrong. It’s an endless supply of relevant information, if you know where to look. Here’s how to use Reddit more productively. Read More , the AMPlaylists community is dedicated to sharing Apple Music playlists. The range of musical tastes on Reddit seems to be much wider than that on Playlist Hunt, so you have a better chance of finding something you like. However, this is a new subreddit, so be prepared for teething issues as the community settles in.

Right now, there is nothing like Spotify’s automagic playlists Discover New Music with Spotify's Automagic Playlists Discover New Music with Spotify's Automagic Playlists Spotify has recently released several new ways of generating unique playlists that will help you discover awesome new music. We're here to guide you through these automagic playlist makers. Read More for Apple Music, but hopefully, we will see that soon!

Share Your Playlists

Since we’re talking about where you can find great Apple Music playlists, why not take the time to share yours right here?

Have you imported any of Apple’s curated playlists? Share your favourite playlists here, and don’t forget to tell us why we should be listening to them!

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