Although iOS comes with a native Apple Music application, developers are using the MusicKit API to create new experiences for AppleK’s streaming service. If you are an Apple Music Subscriber and want to find out how to better enjoy your music library with unique features, then I have selected some of the best iOS apps with Apple Music integration.
Next was the first app I reviewed here 9to5Mac. Instead of acting as an alternative player for Apple Music, the app brings features that will help you rediscover your current music library. Further uses algorithms to create smart playlists and anything called Magic DJ – featuring songs from your favorite artists and genres.
While it is always a good thing to discover new songs, sometimes our library has great songs that are forgotten after some time. That’s why one of my favorite features of Next is the Forgotten Songs playlist, which actually suggests the name. It brings together all your favorite songs from a place in the past.
You’ll also find other smart playlists with the most played songs from specific artists and genres, not to mention playlists with songs added to your library but have never played them. Playlists are automatically generated based on your Apple Music data and are updated each time you open the app.
Next is available on the App Store for $ 4.99 as a one-time purchase.
Maybe you are someone who is a member of Apple Music, but does not like the official music app. The Marvis app is a great alternative to the official Apple Music app because it brings all the features you expect to explore your music library by albums, playlists, genres, and more.
The app’s home screen can be customized to just the sections you need and the way you want. For example, you can choose recently played songs, Most Playing Songs, Loved Songs, Top Charts, New Relatives, Radio Stations and more to make your home experience unique within the app.
Another interesting feature of the Marvis app is a side menu that can be accessed with gestures, which is great for times when you only have to use the phone with one hand. You will get a great and intuitive interface that works in portrait and landscape mode.
Marvis is available on the App Store for $ 5.99 as a one-time purchase – and it offers an additional integration with Last.fm that can be unlocked with an app purchase for $ 3.99.
Like Marvis, Soor is another alternative to the official Apple Music app for iOS – and it also brings great features for users who aren’t satisfied with the default iPhone music app. Sauer’s interface is highly customizable with options to change the home section, set a light or dark theme, reorder playlists, and more.
In addition to your local music library sections such as albums and playlists, you can also add For You, New Songs, Hot Tracks and other sections directly from Apple Music. With a feature called Magic Mix, you can create genius-like playlists with filters for artists, albums, genres, composers, play counts and more.
The app comes with several widgets for the iOS home screen, which is great for customizing your iPhone, while also making it easy to access your favorite songs. It includes Now Playing, Magic Mix and Music Collection Widget. It even has a cover flow.
Sawyer is available on the App Store for $ 4.99 as a one-time purchase. Don’t forget to read the full Soor review here 9to5Mac.
Apple Music does not provide a way to follow your favorite artists to track their latest and upcoming albums and songs, but MusicHarbor does just that. Instead of offering suggestions or acting as an alternative player to Apple Music, MusicHarbor is designed for users who know exactly who they want to follow.
You simply open the app, search for artists and start following them – and MusicHorber does the rest. The application brings a list of all albums released by each artist, and also shows any upcoming content such as singles and videoclips. Whenever one of your artists releases a new song, you can also notify push notifications.
In addition, MusicHarbor has a button that redirects you to a web page that has a dedicated tab to show the artist and any scheduled concerts. It also has widgets, iCloud data sync, and theme options for users.
You can try MusicHurber for free on the App Store, but some features require in-app purchases to be unlocked.
Longplay is also an interesting app that was introduced this year to allow users to rediscover their music library. Unlike all the other apps on this list, Longplay focuses on searching the entire album and playlist that you have – except for the ones you’ve added some of its songs to the Apple Music Library.
Once you open the app, it only shows artwork from your albums and playlists. You can rearrange the main app view by selecting only albums, playlists, or using one of the smart “sort by” options. There is no additional option or anything that you think where to start. All you have to do is tap into an album or playlist and start listening to it.
By holding long albums, Longplay offers the option to play it in shuffle mode or to use Airplay. This is a fun app and Apple Music users should try it out.
Longplay is available on the App-Store as a one-time purchase for $ 2.99.
With these apps, you can definitely get a new experience with Apple Music. You can change the official music app or rediscover songs you don’t remember yet.
It is worth noting that although these apps work best with an Apple Music subscription, they also work with songs purchased from the iTunes Store or synced to a music app from a computer.
What do you understand from this list? Have you tried any of these apps? Are there any apps you also like that I haven’t mentioned? Let me know in the comments below.
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