How to switch your Apple Music subscription account type

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Fancy switching from an Individual Apple Music subscription to a yearly, Family or Student subscription, or vice versa? Follow these steps.

Using these simply steps, you can change or cancel any Apple subscription plan such as Apple Music, Apple One, Apple Arcade, Apple Fitness+, Apple News+, Apple TV+, Apple Podcasts Subscriptions and some other non-Apple subscriptions, on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, Apple TV or Apple Watch.

iPhone, iPad or iPod touch

  • Open the Settings app
  • Tap your name at the top
  • Choose Subscriptions
  • Then tap the subscription you want to change
  • Here, if available, you will find the various different account types and a Cancel Subscription button. Tap the option you want and follow the steps to purchase if necessary.

Mac

  • Open the App Store app
  • Click your name in the bottom left corner
  • Click View Information
  • Scroll down to the Manage heading. Next to Subscriptions, click Manage.
  • Click Edit next to the subscription you want to change
  • Here, if available, you will find the various different account types and a Cancel Subscription button. Click the option you want and follow the steps to purchase if necessary.

Apple TV

  • Open Settings
  • Choose User & Accounts, then select your account
  • Go to Subscriptions
  • Choose the subscription you want to change
  • Then pick a different subscription option

Apple Watch

  • Open the App Store app
  • Scroll to Account
  • Tap Subscriptions
  • Then choose the subscription you want to change

Regardless of your subscription type you choose, did you know you can upload your own music to Apple Music for free? Find out more here.

How to turn off automatic switching on AirPods

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The “seamless” switching feature on Apple’s AirPods can get annoying for those sharing devices. Here’s how to stop automatic switching.

When you first pair AirPods to your iPhone, iPad or Mac, the headphones or earbuds will automatically connect to all other Apple devices associated with the same Apple ID. As of iOS/iPad OS 14 and macOS Big Sur, launched in 2020, Apple extended this seamless experience with AirPods (2nd and 3rd generation), AirPods Pro and AirPods Max. When you start playing music or receive a call on another device, the AirPods will automatically switch to the new device. This is a great feature that saves the extra taps required to disconnect and reconnect to new devices.

When AirPods switch from one device to another, a “Moved to” pop-up shows on the previous device, making switching back as easy as a tap on The switch back arrow icon on Apple devices. However if you’re looking for something a little more permenant, Apple makes it possible to turn off automatic switching altogether.

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How to disable automatic switching on AirPods

First of all, make sure your AirPods are in your ears and connected to the device.

iPhone and iPad

  • Head to the Settings app
  • Go to Bluetooth
  • Tap the The more information icon on AirPods on iOS next to the AirPods
  • Choose Connect to This iPhone/iPad
  • Switch from Automatic to When Last Connect to This iPhone/iPad

Mac

  • Click the Apple icon in the top left corner on the menu bar, then go to System Preferences
  • Choose Bluetooth
  • Click Options to the right of the AirPods
  • Next to Connect to This Mac, switch from Automatically to When Last Connected to This Mac

Apple TV

  • Head to Settings
  • Choose Remotes and Devices
  • Then Bluetooth
  • Turn off Suggest Nearby AirPods

How to switch device manually on AirPods

Now that you’ve turned off automatic switching or if you need to override Apple’s decision, you’ll need to manually switch to new devices.

iPhone and iPad

  • Open Control Center by swiping from the top right corner (or bottom on devices with a home button)
  • Tap The AirPlay icon on Apple devices in the top right corner to switch between available devices

Mac

  • Open Control Center
  • Click The AirPlay icon on Apple devices to switch between available devices

Apple TV

  • Head to Settings
  • Choose Remotes and Devices
  • Then go to Bluetooth
  • Choose your AirPods and Connect

How to toggle explicit content in Apple Music on mobile and desktop

Buried deep in the settings, how to show or hide explicit content in Apple Music/iTunes on iPhone, iPad, Mac, Windows and web.

Toggling explicit content ought to be an easy task, but options to turn it on or off aren’t anywhere to be seen in the Apple Music settings on the iPhone or Mac apps. In fact, the process is somewhat easier on non-Apple devices.

Click to jump to one of the following devices:


Mobile – iPhone & iPad

  1. Head to the Settings app
  2. Tap Screen Time
  3. Tap Content & Privacy Restrictions
  4. Turn on Content & Privacy Restrictions and select Content Restrictions
  5. Tap Music, Podcasts, News & Workouts
    • Tap Clean to only allow clean music
    • Tap Explicit to allow all music

Mac

  1. Click the Apple menu in the upper left corner and go to System Preferences
  2. Click Screen Time
  3. Click Options in the lower left corner and ensure Screen Time is switched On
  4. Head to Content & Privacy in the left panel
  5. Turn On Content & Privacy Restrictions, then head to the Store tab
    • Tick Explicit Music, Podcasts & News to have this content show up
    • Untick the box to hide this content

Windows (iTunes)

  1. In the menu bar, click Edit > Preferences
  2. Head to the Restrictions tab and ensure the padlock in the lower left corner is unlocked
    • Under Restrict, tick Music with explicit content to hide explicit content
    • Untick this option to allow all content
  3. Click OK once you’ve made your adjustments

Web – music.apple.com

  1. Click the profile icon in the upper right corner and select Settings
  2. Scroll down to Parental Controls
  3. Turn on Content Restrictions and enter or setup a passcode
    • Select Clean to only show clean music
    • Select Explicit to show all music

Did you know you can upload your own music to Apple’s music streaming service for free with RouteNote? Click here to find out more.

How to queue and edit what’s playing next on Apple Music

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See upcoming songs, add music to the queue and view/delete your recently played tracks on Apple Music on the mobile and desktop apps.

How to control Apple Music like a pro. Today we look at the basics of Apple Music. Here’s how to view and choose what plays next on the music streaming service.

Mobile – iPhone, iPad and Android

  • See what’s playing next
    • Tap the player to open Now Playing
    • Tap The Playing Next icon on Apple Music for mobile in the lower right corner
  • Jump to a track
    • Tap the track
  • Rearrange
    • Drag The rearrange icon on Apple Music for mobile to the right of a track
  • Remove a songs
    • Swipe left on a track
    • Tap Remove
  • View recently played music
    • Swipe down on the queue to see playing history
  • Remove music from History
    • Tap Clear
  • Hide the queue
    • Tap The Playing Next icon on Apple Music for mobile in the lower right corner again
  • Add to the queue
    • Touch and hold a song, album, playlist or video
    • Play Next – adds it as the next item in the queue
    • Play Last – adds it as the last item in the queue
  • Play a song immediately whilst a queue is active
    • Tap the song
    • Keep – keeps the queue
    • Clear – clears the queue

Autoplay continues playing similar music once the queue has ended. Autoplay is on by default. You’ll find the Autoplay queue below Playing Next. Toggling Autoplay on one device toggles it on all devices signed in to the same Apple ID.

  • Turn off Autoplay
    • Tap The Autoplay icon on Apple Music for mobile in the queue

Desktop – Mac

  • See what’s playing next
    • Click The Playing Next icon on Apple Music for mobile in the upper right corner
  • Jump to a track
    • Double click the track
  • Rearrange
    • Drag and drop tracks into their desired place
  • Remove a songs
    • Mouse over the song
    • Click The Remove from queue icon on Apple Music for mobile to the left
  • Remove all songs
    • Click Clear
  • View recently played music
    • Click History
  • Turn off Autoplay
    • Click The Autoplay icon on Apple Music for desktop
  • Hide the queue
    • Click The Playing Next icon on Apple Music for mobile in the upper right corner again
  • Add to the queue
    • Click the three dots in the lower right corner of a song, album, playlist or video
    • Play Next – adds it as the next item in the queue
    • Play Last – adds it as the last item in the queue

Here’s how to get your own music onto Apple Music for free.

How to share videos to your friend’s For You page on TikTok

TikTok continue to test a new Repost/Recommend feature, letting you share a video to all of your friends with just a couple of taps.

Last month, some users noticed a new Repost option in TikTok’s share menu. Continually being tested by TikTok, it now seems TikTok may be changing the name to Recommend. While TikTok are yet to announce how the feature works, it seems to operate similarly to how the previously tested Repost feature worked, with your recommended videos appearing in your friend’s For You page. This new feature could prove a great way to share videos with friends and boost the creator’s metrics.

How to Recommend/Repost videos

  1. Tap the share arrow icon in the lower right corner
  2. Tap the yellow Recommend/Repost icon
  3. Add an optional “thought” in the box, then tap Add

Your friends who come across the recommended video will see who shared it and the message.


To remove your recommendation and message, simply tap the message, tap Remove recommendation, then Remove.


TikTok are yet to fully launch the feature, as it appears as ‘Recommend’ and ‘Repost’ on the two phones tested.

Did you know you can upload your own music to TikTok for free and start earning revenue? Click here to learn more.

Top 10 most-streamed artists of all-time on Spotify

Rather than Spotify’s monthly listeners, we take a look at the all-time streams of every track from artists’ catalogues.

Monthly listeners are a great way to see which artists are currently popular on the streaming service, whereas this list is a great way to see the most popular artists in the last decade (since streaming’s growth). Find more Spotify top tens such as the most-streamed tracks of 2021, most-streamed songs of the summer, most-streamed songs in a single day and the most-streamed female artists by monthly listeners.

An artist’s all-time streams aren’t shared by Spotify with the public, so this data comes from ChartMasters. Updated daily, ChartMasters explain their methodology and admit the full list of 1,000 artists may not be 100% accurate. Their data is “based on streams from tracks available inside their personal page’s sections Albums, Singles and Compilations. They are combined together and defined as “Lead streams”.” Appears on streams such as featured tracks are not counted towards lead streams or the ranking, but this number is listed.

First up is Drake, with a whopping 43 billion streams.

1. Drake

  • Lead streams: 43,589,250,596
  • Featured streams: 16,729,830,263
  • Number of tracks: 249

2. Ed Sheeran

  • Lead streams: 32,751,091,144
  • Featured streams: 2,415,776,557
  • Number of tracks: 211

3. Bad Bunny

  • Lead streams: 30,217,180,803
  • Featured streams: 4,156,550,200
  • Number of tracks: 141

4. Ariana Grande

  • Lead streams: 28,592,163,653
  • Featured streams: 1,839,459,923
  • Number of tracks: 181

5. The Weeknd

  • Lead streams: 27,680,444,193
  • Featured streams: 3,450,278,698
  • Number of tracks: 157

6. Justin Bieber

  • Lead streams: 27,248,838,002
  • Featured streams: 9,977,907,621
  • Number of tracks: 221

7. Post Malone

  • Lead streams: 26,313,771,703
  • Featured streams: 2,139,502,521
  • Number of tracks: 82

8. Eminem

  • Lead streams: 25,972,745,628
  • Featured streams: 3,657,864,683
  • Number of tracks: 276

9. Taylor Swift

  • Lead streams: 24,720,162,586
  • Featured streams: 325,203,816
  • Number of tracks: 318

10. J Balvin

  • Lead streams: 22,740,207,606
  • Featured streams: 9,125,778,534
  • Number of tracks: 231

RouteNote help independent artists and labels get their own music on Spotify are many more platforms for free.

Can Apple Music subscriptions be shared to more than one device?

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How Apple Music’s Family Plan can effectively reduce the cost of subscriptions to just $2.50, with individual libraries and recommendations.

Apple Music gives subscribers access to over 90 million songs, and 30,000 curated and personalized playlists, as well as other powerful features like offline playback, spatial audio, lossless audio, Siri control, lyrics view and more. While Apple Music is available on many devices such as CarPlay and Apple Watch, what does this mean for sharing subscriptions across devices? Apple Music has four subscription types:

  • Voice: $4.99 per month
  • Student: $4.99 per month
  • Individual: $9.99 per month
  • Family: $14.99 per month

A single Student or Individual plan can be signed in on up to six devices, however only one device can stream music at a time. If you start streaming on another device, the first one will be stopped. This is to stop multiple users sharing the same Apple Music account and ensures artists get their fair revenue share.

Family subscriptions offer multiple users a cost effective way of sharing Apple Music. Subscribers get up to six profiles, with individual music libraries and personalized recommendations. Shared among six members, this can cut the costs down to around $2.50 for each user.

Head here to sign up to Apple Music’s Family Plan. If you’re already subscribed to Apple Music, click here to find out how to upgrade your membership.

Those interested in Apple TV+, Apple Arcade, iCloud+, Apple News+ or Apple Fitness+, should check out Apple One. For between $19.95 and $29.95 per month, up to six people can get access to Apple Music and Apple’s other subscription services.


Did you know you can get your own music on to Apple Music, iTunes Store, Shazam and many more, for free? Click here to learn more.

How to upload songs to Apple Music or iTunes

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We cover both sides of this question, from syncing your personal library across devices, to uploading your own music and earning revenue.

There are several aspect to this how-to. Click one of the options below to jump to that point:

How to access your personal music library across devices

Subscribers to Apple Music or iTunes Match can turn on Sync Library to listen to their personal music library on all devices.

Importing to Apple Music/iTunes

Choosing where music is kept on your computer

There are two options when importing music into Apple Music or iTunes. Imported music can be copied to your Music folder, while leaving the original file in its current location, or Apple Music/iTunes can create a reference or “pointer”. The latter does not copy or move the audio, and may be the preferred option if you’d rather keep your audio on an external disk. Note, when referenced, you might not be able to play the song if the file is moved.

By default on Mac, all music imported into Music is copied. By default on PC, all music imported to iTunes is referenced. To switch between whether music is copied or not:

Apple Music on Mac
  • In the menu bar, go to Music > Preferences
  • Head to the Files tab, then untick the box next to Copy files to Music Media folder when adding to library
  • Click OK

iTunes on PC
  • In the menu bar, go to Edit > Preferences
  • Head to the Advanced tab, then tick the box next to Copy files to iTunes Media folder when adding to library
  • Click OK

Importing music

Drag and drop the audio file or folder into the Apple Music/iTunes windows. If you drop a folder, all subfolders will automatically be imported too.

To temporarily reverse the location setting above, hold the Option or Alt key while dragging.


Uploading to the cloud for access on other devices

Apple Music and iTunes Match subcribers can upload up to 100,000 songs (excluding iTunes Stores purchases) to the cloud. This setting is turned on by default on iOS, iPadOS and macOS, but turned off by default on iTunes for PC. Before checking or switching on this setting:

  • Update your iPhone, iPod touch, iPad or Mac to the latest OS
  • On Windows, make sure you’re running the latest version of iTunes
  • Sign in with the same Apple ID as you use with Apple Music or iTunes Match
  • Ensure you have an internet connection
iPhone, iPad or iPod touch
  • In the Settings app, scroll down or search for Music
  • Switch on Sync Library

Mac
  • In the menu bar, go to Music > Preferences
  • Head to the General tab, then tick the box next to Sync Library
  • Click OK

iTunes on PC
  • In the menu bar, go to Edit > Preferences
  • Head to the General tab, then tick the box next to iCloud Music Library
  • Click OK

It may take some time to upload and sync your music across devices, depending on your connection and the size of your library. If a song is greyed out, incorrect music plays or you can’t access your music library, click here for support. If you don’t want cloud access to your music or to pay the subscription fee for Apple Music/iTunes Match, find instructions here on how to sync music to an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.


Uploading music as an artist

Did you know you can upload your own music to Apple Music and the iTunes Store, to start generating revenue for every stream and purchase of your music? With RouteNote it’s free of charge to get your music on Apple Music, iTunes, and all other major stores, streaming services and social media platforms.

  • Sign up to RouteNote
  • Head to Distribution > Create New Release
  • Fill out all of the metadata details
  • Upload your tracks
  • Upload your artwork
  • Select the stores you want your music to appear in
  • Then choose to Distribute Free or Distribute Premium
    • Free Distribution costs nothing, while you keep 85% of the revenue
    • Premium Distribution costs a small fee, while you keep 100% of the revenue
    • All features and stores are the same between the tiers. You can switch tiers at any time.

Once your release is finalized, our moderation team will check it for any formatting errors or copyright issues, then send it on to our partner stores. This process usually happens within 48-72 hours. Our partner stores usually make releases live within two weeks. Major stores like Apple Music usually take just a couple of days.


Click here to head to RouteNote and get started.

Amazon Music not working? Try this

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Let’s get your streaming back on track with some quick Amazon Music troubleshooting.

When your Amazon Music app is crashing, not loading or displaying error messages, there are a few tricks to get you streaming music again.


Why is Amazon Music not working?

First check your internet connection. If your songs keep buffering on Amazon Music and you’re using Wi-Fi, check your settings are on and the right network is connected. For mobile data, make sure the settings for cellular or mobile data are toggled on.

When your Amazon Music app is frozen, “Turning it off and on again” is a trick which works wonders more often than not. Restart your device, then reopen the app.

Next, force close the app and reopening it again. On your Android phone, go to Settings > Apps & notifications. Tap the Amazon Music app, and select Force Stop.

On iOS, if you have an iPhone X or later model, swipe up from the bottom of the screen, pausing in the middle. Swipe to find the Amazon Music app, and then swipe up to close it. On earlier iPhone models or iPod touch, double click the Home button and swipe until you find your Amazon Music screen, then swipe up to close the app.

Try updating to the latest app version. If there’s a newer version available, Update will appear next to the Amazon Music app on the app store. Also check your device is running the latest software version, which might interfere with running the Amazon Music app.

You can also try clearing the cache of the app. To do this on Android and Amazon Fire tablets, head to the cog icon in the Amazon Music app and select Settings. Find Storage and tap Clear Cache.

On iOS you can’t clear all caches. But you can clear image and lyrics caches by heading here from an iOS browser and selecting both Clear Lyrics and Clear image cache.

Still having trouble? Check out the Amazon Music forum for more troubleshooting tips.


To release your songs on Amazon Music for free, check out RouteNote’s free music distribution.

Why is Apple Music or iTunes not playing songs?

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If Apple Music or iTunes is having issues playing music, try these troubleshooting tips on Mac and PC.

Apple Music on Mac and iTunes on PC hosts 90 million songs via Apple Music and users’ imported libraries. Here are some steps to try if Apple Music or iTunes aren’t playing music, before contacting Apple or throwing your computer out of the window.

The progress bar is moving but there’s no music

  • Volume: Make sure your Music/iTunes volume, computer’s output volume and any connected speakers are turned up
  • Local files: If the audio file is one of your own, it may be corrupt. Try a different track.
  • Other audio sources: Test other audio sources, such as a YouTube video.
  • No audio: If you can’t hear any audio from your computer, the issue is not with Apple Music. Click here for general sound instruction on Mac.

If you can’t play a song

  • iTunes purchases: If the song was purchased from the iTunes Store, you may have exceeded the number of computers on which you can play your purchases. You can play iTunes purchases on up to five authorised computers. If you’ve met the limit, you must de-authorise one computer before authorising another. Click for instruction on authorising and de-authorising iTunes on Mac and Windows.
  • Is Apple Music down?
  • Contact Apple: If you’re still having trouble, click here to contact Apple Support

To upload your own lossless tracks to Apple Music and iTunes for free and start generating revenue online, click here.