The Music app for iPhone underwent a significant update in iOS 8.4 when the Apple Music subscription service was incorporated into the user interface. It then had another transformation in iOS 10 that improved the user interface for everyone. But things can still feel a bit messy in music, even in iOS 14, especially if you will not or will never subscribe to Apple Music.
When Apple Music came out to the “New”, “For You” and “Connect” tabs, it was added to the Music app. “Connect” was eventually removed from the navigation bar in iOS 10, and “New” became “Browse”; at the same time. “For You” lasted through iOS 13 and was renamed “Listen Now” in iOS 14. So today it gives us five tabs:
- Listen up
If you do not subscribe and will probably never do so on Apple Music, the “Listen Now” and “Browse” tabs may be useless to you. In fact, they’re just a big ad for Apple Music, which can be super annoying if you accidentally hit one. To focus on your own music library, you can get rid of them for a cleaner user interface and music listening experience.
To lose them, open Settings and then select “Music”. In the music settings, just switch off the “Show Apple Music” switch. That’s all.
Each time you go back to the music app, the “Browse” and “Listen now” tabs (or “For you” if you’re still on iOS 13 or earlier) disappear and you only see “Library,” “Radio,” and “Search.”
But the “Browse” tab, which got a facelift in iOS 14, still shows remnants of the Apple Music service. Each card displayed for browsing takes you to Apple Music, where you can hear previews of certain albums, songs, and playlists. This is just another way for Apple to market its streaming service to you.
When you perform a search, you can search your library, but you can still search for content on Apple Music as well. So while the big eyelids are away from the navigation bar, the “Search” bar is another way that Apple can suck you into paying every month, and there’s nothing you can do about it.
Even worse is that the “Radio” tab remains and there is no way to remove it. While you can still search for and play radio stations from the “Search” tab in Apple Music (a good reason Apple did not remove it from “Search”), the “Radio” tab is only for people who subscribe to Apple Music.
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