Star Ratings Make a Return to Apple Music on iOS 10.2 Beta

In iOS 10, Apple Music lost the star rating system that allowed users to personally rate a song on a scale of 1-5, which was then saved in their library so they could remember and later sort tracks via the ranking system. Following the release of the iOS 10.2 beta yesterday, iTunes expert Kirk McElhearn discovered that star ratings have returned to the Apple Music app on iOS, now appearing as a toggle option in Settings > Music.

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After turning on "Show Star Ratings," users will be able to once more give each track a personal rating, through a few added steps, however. The process required to get to the "Rate Song" menu is as follows: tap the ellipsis menu at the bottom right of the screen when a song is playing to bring up its action sheet, scroll down to "Rate Song," choose the star rating, then tap "Done." In prior versions of iOS, users simply tapped on the artwork of a song to bring up the star rating menu.

As the Settings submenu clarifies, "Star Ratings do not affect For You recommendations," so Apple Music's binary like/dislike system is still the only resource for subscribers to teach the streaming service which songs they enjoy, and which they don't. Besides Star Ratings, it was also discovered that within the beta of iOS 10.2, there's a new option to sort playlists by type, title, and recently added, as well as new options for sorting songs and albums by title or artist.



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35 months ago
Glad they saw what a mistake that was. Nice to see ratings back. Maybe they will also see the mistake of treating music owners as second class citizens to music renters.
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35 months ago
It's still weird that the like/dislike system is buried in the music player now. I miss the days where it was accessible in control center as well as the lock screen. The new version is a step backwards imo.
Rating: 13 Votes
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35 months ago

Seeing those screenshots from an iPod touch, it really looks like the current UI is designed primarily for the 4.7" and 5.5" screens.

Also, I wonder what made them change course and bring back star ratings..

I wouldn't stop submitting LetAppleKnow suggestions :P so glad to have the star ratings back!
Rating: 12 Votes
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35 months ago
I'm so glad they listened to user feedback and added them back. I'm not even exaggerating when I say that this is the best Apple news I've read in years. Can't wait for the public beta so I can use them again.
Rating: 11 Votes
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35 months ago
"Terrible, Apple is dead, Steve would never have removed star ratings and brought them back."
-MacRumors Forum
Rating: 11 Votes
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35 months ago
YES! I have years of smart playlists as well as new super sophisticated system I learned from the "Why Would I want to stream" thread that all rely on Star Ratings.

A simple "love" and "unlove" is not sufficient for any level of sophisitcaling. Star ratings can be used to adjust the frequency that certain songs play. Not having it available on iOS has just been annoying and requires 3 party apps. It's not like the interface can get any more cluttered. Just hide it in the more info sections or just above the lyrics when you scroll up.
[doublepost=1478010227][/doublepost]Also, I wish there was an option in settings to "Hide All Clutter."

Even if you hide Apple Music, the app is so packed full of crap that it's almost unusable on the iPhone. WHy do I have to select "Downladed Music" every time I want to switch between albums and playlists when Apple Music is disabled? Why is the bottom dock so limited when it used to have 5/6 items in iOS 6 and 7!?
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iOS is slowly becoming a house full of switches. Not sure if that's good thing or a bad thing...


It's a good thing if the feature benefits you, a bad thing if it doesn't. ;)

All kidding aside, the allure of iOS was simplicity, but that's hard because people's are so different. THere needs to be a balance, but I fear that Apple is approaching too much.
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Seeing those screenshots from an iPod touch, it really looks like the current UI is designed primarily for the 4.7" and 5.5" screens.

Also, I wonder what made them change course and bring back star ratings..


I can attest that Apple Music was made for large screens. I can tolerate it on my 9.7" iPad, but it's horrible on my iPhone SE. I jumped to Cesium. It's a shame though because I thought that the release of the SE would mean Apple would optimize for all sizes again.
Rating: 10 Votes
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35 months ago

Who said they changed course? When software is re-designed, often times things are pulled out with the intention of them being put back in later. They are not a development priority, so they are not designed, coded, or implemented. The Music App was entirely redesigned.

The Star Ratings was a low priority which was put off to 10.2. It's also possible that if there wasn't enough demand to bring them back, it would have been axed instead, but that's not what ultimately happened.

I don't expect most forum members to understand this because most of them have never designed software or worked for a software company. They will make up their own anti-Apple nonsense as they always do.

Making it sound like you understand how software is designed isn't much better.

Suggesting that the star rating system was something that was always intended to be there but didn't make the cut for the initial redesign is nothing more than a flight of fancy. There is no indication that was the case.

If development resources and timeframe were so tight as to not include a star rating system but develop another rating system as a stop-gap, then that was very short-sighted and a waste of time.

And we're not talking about some ground-breaking feature. The star rating system has been around from the beginning. The issues related to such a system are well known.

Based on what happened, Apple tried the heart/no-heart rating system, received feedback, and changed direction.
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35 months ago
TRYING TO BRING BACK THE SOUL OF STEVE JOBS, WELL IT'S TOO LATE NOW TIM

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35 months ago
Honestly makes me want to put the beta on my production phone. I've been lost without the star ratings in my Music app since almost all of my play lists depend on them to populate.
Rating: 7 Votes
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35 months ago
I'm very glad song ratings are back but think it's poorly done. It's too much of a hassle just to view if a song is rated, let alone what that rating might be.

If I'm driving, or at the gym, I don't want to have to click a few times to rate a song or simply view its rating.

I'd love it if the UI more more dynamic and we could turn on meta data so we could see it on the Now Playing screen. Rating, Year Released, etc.

I didn't know about this option till today but there is a widget in the App Store that brings ratings to the widget screen, Music Rating Widget ('https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/music-rating-widget/id971955890?mt=8&at=1l3vm7V').
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