For some reason, iTunes seems to be the app people love to hate. So when macOS Catalina ran an ownership stake through the heart of the iTunes app and split it into three different apps, I expected delight from the masses. Instead, it seems more like a little gloom and doom. Many are concerned that their huge music collections already stored in iTunes will be unavailable, or that the new Apple Music app will remove them from non-Apple music.
Fear not; The music app is similar to iTunes and retains many of the same features, although the interface is modernized, and requires little effort to adapt to diehard iTunes users.
Using the Apple Music App
When you upgraded to macOS Catalina, the Music app purchased your existing music collection. Every song you bought, dragged or uploaded; No matter how you purchased the tune, if you imported it to your old iTunes library, it will be available in the new Music app. You will also find the playlists, ratings and metadata for music files, such as composer, author, text or artwork, that you may have.
You may notice that some content appears to be missing. Actually, Apple just reorganized things a little, and some media types are now handled by the new Podcast and TV apps, as well as the Finder.
The Music app is dedicated to music, including content stored locally on your Mac, as well as music you can have in the cloud, such as from iTunes Match or from the Apple Music streaming service (subscription required).
The Music app interface is much easier to use than the cumbersome iTunes app. It has three basic routes:
Toolbar: Located at the top of the Music app window, the toolbar contains the basic playback controls: Volume control, current track info, and an Up Next menu and text menu.
Sidebar: Located along the left side of the window, the sidebar is used to control the type of content that will be displayed in the main view pane. Currently, the sidebar can choose from the three basic Music app services: Apple Music, the subscription streaming service; Library, which allows you to access both local music and music stored in iCloud; iTunes Store, which lets you buy new music.
There are other optional categories that may appear in the Music app sidebar, depending on how you use the app. If you have playlists, they will be listed in a playlist category, and if you connect an iPod, iPad or iPhone, it will be listed in the Devices section. CDs or DVDs will also appear in the Devices section.
Main view pane: This centrally located window pane shows the contents of what function you have selected in the sidebar. You can browse Apple Music content, select Apple Music Radio channels you want to listen to, view your music library listings by artist, album, song, or by adding recently, visit the iTunes Store to purchase new music, or manage your playlists.
Playing your music library
Use the sidebar to select one of the possible library features: Recently Added, Artists, Albums, or Songs.
The main pane displays your library content as selected in the sidebar.
- By Album: Hover over an album title to display a Play button.
- By Artist: Select an artist name to view all content. You can click the Play button and select individual albums and songs, or click the Play button at the top of the page to play all of the artist's content.
- By Song: Double-click or tap an item from the song list to start playing the music.
You can also use the sidebar to select a playlist, which will allow you to play the playlist in current order, or to mix the list as it plays.
Playing the Apple Music Service
If you are an Apple Music subscriber, you will find the common controls for the streaming service in the Music sidebar:
For You: Apple Music can use your musical history, that is, the songs and artists you have already heard to suggest new artists or songs you may enjoy.
Browse: The Appl e Music subscription service has over 30 million song titles. Go ahead and browse through them. Apple Music will give you a hand, guide you through the huge music collection, organize music genres, tastings, what's new, recently added or updated. Or you can plow ahead on your own.
Radio: Beats 1 is the primary radio offering, with DJs from all over the world programming music content to match your preferences; Or you can be bold and venture out to find new curated selections of music, interviews with music industry leaders, music news and more.
The radio offer is much more than just a music channel. It's a great way to get exposed to new music and listen to your old favorites.
Not much has changed with the iTunes Store; you will find the most common week's best, top songs, top albums, with new music and music by genre. You can still buy and redeem gift cards.
You can access the iTunes Store from the Music app sidebar.
Ripping CDs or DVDs
iTunes has been able to rip CDs and DVDs since its introduction, and the new music folder is no different. There are several ways to rip and import from a music CD; let's look at the two primary methods:
The simple method: Start by inserting the CD you want to rip into the CD drive. You can use either an internal drive or an external drive. If you need to add an optical drive because your Mac didn't have one, check out these DVDs, CDs and Blu-ray offers from Other World Computing.
When the CD is mounted on your desktop, the Music app starts automatically. audio CD or DVD is inserted, you can check the Music app's preferences. You will find CD options under the General tab.
The Music app will display an alert asking, "Do you want to import the CD & # 39; CD name & # 39; to your music library? "Click or press the Yes button to start ripping and importing the process.
In the sidebar, you should see the CD / DVD listed under the" Devices "heading. You can follow the import process by selecting the CD / DVD
The second method: This method assumes that you have already inserted a music CD / DVD, but for some reason chose not to let the Music app rip and import the songs automatically.
From the Music App sidebar, select the CD / DVD name, usually listed under Devices.
Sorting: Artists, albums and songs all have options for how the content is displayed in the main pane of the Music app. To configure the sorting options, select one of the library's display options, and then select Sort by from the View menu. You will see a list of sort options that are appropriate for the sidebar view you selected.
If you are viewing Song, you can also select the sort option by clicking or tapping the name of each column displayed.
Filtering: As your music library grows, finding specific artists, albums or songs can be more difficult. To alleviate the problem, try activating the filter field. The filter field allows you to enter all or part of the name of the item you are looking for. The Music app will filter the results to match the name you entered.
You can turn on the filter field by selecting View Filter Field from the View menu.
Visibly absent from the Music app is the ability to sync your music content with other devices, such as your iPhone, iPad or iPod. Sync has been removed from the Music app and moved to the Finder. This is part of Apple's division of iTunes, and moves features where they logically belong.
To sync devices, you must connect the device to the Mac. Once installed, it will appear in the sidebar of a Finder window. If you select the device in the Finder window, you get sync options.
Music App Wrap
I have given the new Music app once since the first beta of macOS Catalina appeared. And while the beta process is not yet complete, it looks like the Music app is in great shape. There were still a few objects that were developed, such as an introduction tour and help files. But the core of the app looks good.
More importantly, the features you're used to from iTunes are mostly intact, and the missing ones are likely to be found in one of the other new Catalina apps or in the Finder.
Overall, I'm starting to prefer the Music app over iTunes, and find it easier to use. It also seems much more robust. Let us know what you think about the music app by posting your thoughts in the Leave a Comment section below.