Apple Music may be playing catchup to Spotify, but it's still growing rapidly. From today Apple has a new way to appeal to music fans: a daily updating curated playlist called New Music Daily. Apple describes it as "the playlist that never sleeps, updated every day with new music you simply can't miss.
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You can't get back last week's playlists and you can't automatically save copies of them, but you can take steps to make sure Apple Music doesn't take away a new favorite track. Apple Music is remarkably good at finding you unfamiliar music that you end up loving. It's also a little bit sneaky as it doesn't just do that in the New Music Mix. Apple Music will often add tracks you don't know into your Chill Mix and it will even slip one or to in to your Favorites. The problem is that it then slips them all back out again after a week. One moment you're coming to think that this is the best song you've heard in ages, and the next it is out of your Mix playlists. There is no way to go back a week, no possible way to find out what that great track was. This sounds like a job for Siri Shortcuts, and especially in iOS 13 when those can run automatically. You would think that you could make a shortcut that just exports the list of tracks to, say, a note in Apple Notes. You can't automate this because the Mixes playlists in Apple Music are unlike any other playlist you make.
Zac Hall. One major opportunity for Apple Music is the ability to see previously recommended playlists. The feature is so obvious that you would actually think it already exists, only to go reference an Apple Music playlist that has been updated and overwritten. My New Music Mix last week was so good that I played it on repeat for days from my Apple Watch at the gym and my HomePod around the house, but I never got around to saving any of the songs to my library. Each mix could be presented in a timeline view with the most recently updated playlist on top and the rest below by date. The workaround is to reference your music playback history in iTunes — if you ever played it from a Mac or PC — but even that only tracks so many previously played songs. My solution for now is going to be to set up a weekly repeating task in my task manager app Things on the day before each Apple Music mix updates: New Music Mix updates on Fridays, Chill Mix updates on Saturdays, and Favorites Mix updates on Mondays.
To start the conversation again, simply ask a new question. My "New Music Mix" in Apple music has not updated in 4 weeks. Prior to upgrading to IOS 13, it has updated every Friday for years without issue but has not done so in nearly 4 weeks.