The Macworld staff is still on the fence about Apple Music. Some of us are really into the recommended playlists--which are sometimes eerily relevant--while others are still dealing with the aftermath of enabling iCloud Music Library. But even fans of the streaming service have noticed that making a playlist is nowhere near as simple as it could be. If you're looking for a quick guide to creating and adding to an Apple Music playlist on iOS or iTunes, we've got you covered.
To create a new playlist on your iPhone or iPad, tap the "My Music" tab on the bottom menu bar, and then the Playlist tab near the top of the screen. That will show your recently added playlists on top, and all of your playlists below. Under "All Playlists," tap "New." The font is tiny, so check out the screenshot to the right for a visual.
Name your playlist and customize it with a photo and a description. Then tap Done. If you try to add songs to a playlist before you're done creating the playlist, you won't be able to. Save yourself some frustration. (And forget about trying to add a song to a playlist you're creating on the fly, like you can with Spotify's app.)
Did you tap Done yet? OK, stay in your playlist and tap Edit, then Add Songs. Apple lets you create playlists from music you own as well as its streaming catalog, which is one of the service's big selling points--rivals like Spotify and Rdio don't do that. To add songs to a playlist from music in your library, you can use the search bar (just make sure you toggle over to My Music instead of searching all of Apple Music), or comb through your collection manually. Tap the + sign next to any of the song or album titles from your collection to add it to a playlist. Apple Music doesn't give an obvious confirmation that a song has been added, just a tiny notification at the top of your screen, but don't keep tapping that + sign--you'll find you just added the same song 10 times. (I may or may not be speaking from personal experience.)
To comb through Apple Music's catalog, tap Apple Music and enter the song, artist name, or album title you're looking for. Once you find the tune you want to add, tap the ellipsis, or the three dots to the right of the song title. That will bring up a new menu of options like Play Next, Add to My Music, and Make Available Offline. At the bottom of the menu is Add to a Playlist. Tap that, then pick which playlist you want to add it to. You can keep hunting for songs and add them to your playlist, or you can stop and tap Done to wrap it up for the time being.
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