Apple Music Rolling Out 'Friends Mix' Highlighting Songs Your Friends Listened To Each Week

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Apple Music appears to be rolling out an all-new weekly playlist called "Friends Mix" to a few subscribers today. According to Reddit user Reesyy, the new curated playlist will be filled with songs that your Apple Music friends are listening to.

In order to keep track of which friend listened to each song, the playlist will include a profile picture on the songs as well. Friends Mix will update on Monday every week and include 25 tracks in each update, similar to the other Apple Music weekly playlists.

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Image via Redditor Reesyy

Friends Mix is making new use out of the social features that Apple debuted in iOS 11 last year, which lets users build their own Apple Music profiles and show friends the playlists and albums that they're listening to. This information is then displayed on a playlist or album's information page and within the "Friends Are Listening To" section in For You, and now it'll also be used to fill up the new Friends Mix.

Friends Mix is joining Favorites Mix (which updates on Tuesdays), New Music Mix (Fridays), and Chill Mix (Sundays) as the fourth Apple Music weekly playlist. Apple originally launched versions of New Music Mix and Favorites Mix in the iOS 10 public beta in September 2016, followed by Chill mix in June 2017, so it's been well over a year since we've seen a new weekly playlist debut.

Like the other playlists, you'll be able to find Friends Mix sitting atop the "For You" tab in Apple Music. It's unclear on which version of iOS Apple is rolling out the playlist, but the poster on Reddit does reference being on the iOS 12 public beta.

Otherwise, Apple Music isn't getting much of an overhaul in iOS 12, which is expected to launch in September. Subscribers will notice updated artist profiles with larger portraits on the iOS app, and Apple has already opened up a new "Coming Soon" section for users on iOS 11 as well.

Top Rated Comments

sidewinder3000 Avatar
30 months ago

Does anyone actually use the social features in Apple Music?

If anyone cares to complete a poll, let’s find out...

http://www.strawpoll.me/16225910

I do. I make public playlists, check out my friend’s playlists, and share songs with them all the time. This feature seems like it could been fun, easy and useful.

My big asks for the next version of Apple Music are dark mode and a better, more specific, and more obvious way of showing which songs on an album are the most popular with other users.
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
applebro Avatar
30 months ago
I listen to a lot of girly edm. I definitely don’t want my friends knowing what I listen to.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
KGB7 Avatar
30 months ago
Now I just need to get friends.

How much Apple will charge me a month for a dozen pretend friends??
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
earthTOmitchel Avatar
30 months ago

I do. I make public playlists, check out my friend’s playlists, and share songs with them all the time. This feature seems like it could been fun, easy and useful.

My big asks for the next version of Apple Music are dark mode and a better, more specific, and more obvious way of showing which songs on an album are the most popular with other users.

This is one of my favorite parts of Apple Music, too. My friends and I just started making our own weekly playlists for one another, which has been super helpful with new music discovery for me. What I'd like is an in-app way to share/recommend individual songs to a friend, because as it stands the Messages app is a bit clunky.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
cinq2 Avatar
30 months ago
It's a good feature, of course it is. Anything in that direction is good.
What I really miss is the ability to share my playlists with non Apple Music sunscribers.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
FrankieG889D Avatar
30 months ago
Still waiting for live playlists where anybody can add to a live playlist. I think they called it “party playlists” at the iOS 11 keynote.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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