Apple Music Makes It Easier to Find Alternate Versions of Albums

Apple Music has introduced a new UI for alternate albums in an effort to declutter artist pages and make it easier to find these albums. Now, when an alternate version of an album is available (a non-explicit version or a remaster, for example), it will be listed underneath the main album's track list (via MacStories).


This way, the "Albums" section on the artist's main ‌Apple Music‌ page is a bit more focused on their main studio albums and doesn't have clutter of deluxe editions, live albums, or explicit and non-explicit versions. This update does appear to be rolling out slowly, however, as some artist pages still have numerous versions listed under the "Albums" section.

To find if an album has the "Other Versions" list, simply open the album in ‌Apple Music‌, scroll down past the track list, and if there are alternate options you'll see them listed at the bottom of the page. If any of your friends have listened to the album, "Other Versions" will be stacked beneath "Friends Who Listened."

Apple has made quiet changes like this to its music streaming platform in the past, previously revamping artist pages with enlarged portraits and a shuffle all "play" button. More recently, the service gained a new "For You" tab layout that updates throughout the day with artists, songs, and moods that match various themes.

Yesterday, Apple also launched the "Replay 2020" playlist for its users, which will keep track of their most streamed songs throughout the year.

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8 months ago
a much needed and appreciated update (no sarcasm)
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8 months ago


I hate that the non remasters exist on there. Why not just replace? makes my iTunes Match albums come out all messed up with half the tracks remastered and half not at random

I complained about this sometime ago on reddit and someone pointed out that sometimes the remastered version is worse, I think that’s why they don’t Automatically replace it.
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8 months ago
I hate that the non remasters exist on there. Why not just replace? makes my iTunes Match albums come out all messed up with half the tracks remastered and half not at random
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8 months ago
I like it. Now if only Apple Music would provide clean versions of every explicit album...This father of three would love it.
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8 months ago


I like it. Now if only Apple Music would provide clean versions of every explicit album...This father of three would love it.

You're maybe listening to the wrong music...
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8 months ago


While I dont go out of my way to listen to explicit music, I find the edited versions are lacking when listening to them, so I do prefer them if I like the song.

Agreed! So many more artist's are putting out records with the "Explicit" label. I honestly don't mind it most of the time, but it's just easier to have the clean versions of songs. That way I can listen to music on a stereo without having to turn the volume down or skip tracks cause those within listening distance might find it inappropriate. Or when I'm in the car with the kiddos. It's just nice.
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