Hopefully you’ve updated your phone to iOS 11 by now. There’s an improved control center, combined lock screen and Notification Center, a redesigned App Store, improved Siri, as well as the camera, and some other changes. The changes that come along with iOS 11 are equally improvements in aesthetic and functionality. But, the new iOS update offers the beginnings of something that could be special with sharing music.
With the new iOS update Apple Music users are able to share music with each other, follow friends and see what their listening to. The social network component of the app is located in the “For You” tab. As with other social networks, you can make your account public or private, and you have the ability to place playlists at the center of your account. Spotify presented this years ago, as it was pretty much built into the app, but if you’ve ever used Spotify, then you know the social network of the streaming service varies from the desktop to the phone. The social media component on the app is a lot clunkier and harder to find on the phone.
There are other apps devoted to sharing music - Cymbal, SoundCloud, and some others - that allow you to create a music community, but none of the streaming services have quite addressed how to make the individual listening experience a communal experience. As with most ideas, the first attempt usually leaves a lot to be desired, but this is a quality attempt at connecting music listeners and fans to each other.
You can follow me at Stanley Collins on Apple Music.