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Find out if Apple Music deleted one of your favorite songs


Do you have banned music?
Find out of music in your library has been taken down by Apple.
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Here’s how you can find out if any songs in your library have been removed from Apple Music. Songs are taken off Apple Music all the time if there’s a problem with licensing or if a controversial artist has been broadly disgraced. Spotify was caught up in similar heat last year, losing Neil Young’s discography in a protest of the streaming service’s association with podcaster Joe Rogan.

Have any songs in your Apple Music library been deleted behind your back? There’s a way to find out if you have a Mac by building a smart playlist. I’ll show you how.

Free web music app imitates iPod Classic click wheel


Tanner Villarete's free music player web app simulates the classic iPod click wheel.
Tanner Villarete's free music player web app simulates the iPod Classic click wheel.
Photo: Tanner Villarete

The iPod’s iconic click wheel had a good run, launching in 2004 with the iPod mini. It joined the fourth-generation iPod’s design later that year. It even auditioned in the odd product concept over the years. Finally, in 2014, the company phased it out with the iPod Classic.

But nothing great is gone forever, as a free new web music player app shows.

How to add your own music to the Mac’s Music app


catalina's music app tape
Adding music to Catalina's music app is as easy as using iTunes.
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In macOS Catalina, iTunes has disappeared. It’s been replaced by the new Music app, which is a version of the iOS Music app. You could never call iTunes “beloved,” but it did its job, and had plenty of power hidden inside its confusing and bloated interface. The Apple Music app, on the other hand, is rather basic. But it still lets you do one thing that remains impossible on iOS: You can add your own music to your library. And yes, it will then sync that music to your iDevices. Let’s see how.

All the major features to expect in macOS 10.15


MacBook Pro coding
Apple is coding up some big upgrades for Mac this fall.
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iOS 13 is expected to be the star of WWDC 2019, but this year’s conference could unleash some of the biggest changes for the Mac we’ve ever seen.

The rumor mill has been dishing out tons of details about macOS 10.15 in the lead up to WWDC 2019. We’ve already seen screenshots of some of the new apps and gotten some good details on how iOS apps are making their way onto the Mac. There’s still plenty of room for Apple to surprise us when it reveals the full details of macOS 10.15 on June 3, but here’s what we know about it so far.

Leaked macOS 10.15 screenshots reveal Music and TV apps


The TV app for Mac is coming this fall.
The TV app for Mac is coming this fall.
Photo: 9to5Mac

The first glimpse of Apple’s new Music and TV apps for Mac has been revealed with less than a week to go before WWDC 2019.

9to5Mac published two leaked screenshots of macOS 10.15 this morning just one day after they showed off leaked screenshots of iOS 13’s dark mode. The Music app and TV app screenshots look pretty bare, but reveal some new UI tweaks before Apple’s big keynote on June 3.

Take a look at the new Music app:

How to control your HomePod’s up-next queue from your iPhone


The HomePod -- a beautiful body with the brain of an idiot.
Apple wants to make a bigger mark on your home.
Photo: Charlie Sorrel/Cult of Mac

Siri on HomePod is acceptable for quickly playing an album or a playlist, or even for adding a track to the existing up-next queue. But what if you want to switch the order of some songs in that queue, or delete tracks? Or maybe just use your iPhone to skip tracks, or control the volume of your HomePod without having to talk to the damn thing all the time?

Today we shall find out how.

iPhone music app comes up with endless, catchy song ideas


fortamento iPhone music song ideas
It doesn't look like much, but then, neither did Keith Richards.
Photo: Charlie Sorrel/Cult of Mac

Are you a musician struggling to come up with song ideas? Are you a non-musician who just wants to come up with a neat melody for that cat video? Then you should check out Fortamento, a melody generation app for iPhone which is both incredibly easy, and surprisingly deep.

iOS 8.4 beta 3 brings more tweaks to Apple’s Music app


Apple has big ambitions for its new music streaming service.
Beats redesign might not show up at WWDC. Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac
Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

Apple continues to improve its redesigned Music app, as evidenced by today’s release of iOS 8.4 beta 3.

The new beta is available now in the iOS Dev Center and includes plenty of bug fixes for the Music app, which was updated with new features like a new MiniPlayer, global search, Up Next, personalized playlists and more in iOS 8.4 beta 1.

Take a GIF tour of iOS 8.4’s new Music app


Apple's Music app is getting a redesign. Photo: Cult of Mac
Apple's Music app is getting a redesign. Photo: Cult of Mac

Rumors of a redesign coming to the iOS Music app have been floating around the rumor mill ever since Apple acquired Beats last year, and today we got our first preview of the future of music.

iOS 8.4 gives developers a look at the redesigned Music app that’s aimed at making it easier, faster, and more fun to listen to music than ever before. Apple has left out the long-rumored streaming-music component of the app, but the redesign is full of other noteworthy features.

Here’s a quick GIF tour of all the new changes:

Scrub Music Tracks Forward And Back At Any Speed With iOS 7 [iOS Tips]


Music App Scrubbing

There you are, listening to your favorite song, when you just want to get to the good part. So you look at the Music app that’s playing that favorite song, and you wonder, “How on earth am I going to scrub through the song to move to where I want to?”

In iOS 7, the visual upgrade gives us a red line in the track being played. You can definitely tap, hold and drag that red line along the track for some high-speed scrubbing, but what if you want to move along the track more slowly, or have a more fine-grained approach?

Here’s how to do just that.