Although iOS comes with its own Apple Music application, developers have used the MusicKit API to create new experiences for those who subscribe to Apple’s streaming service. If you are an Apple Music subscriber and want to find out how you can better enjoy your music library with unique features, I have selected some of the best iOS apps with Apple Music integration.
Next was the first app I reviewed here on 9to5Mac. Instead of working as an alternative player for Apple Music, the app provides features that will help you rediscover your current music library. Next uses algorithms to generate smart playlists and also something called Magic DJs ̵
While it’s always a good thing to discover new songs, we sometimes have good songs in our library that end up being forgotten after a while. That’s why one of my favorite features in Next is the Forgotten Songs playlist, which does exactly what the name suggests. It gathers all your favorite songs from the past in one place.
You will also find other smart playlists with the most played songs from specific artists and genres, not to mention the playlist of songs you added to your library but never played. 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’re someone who subscribes to Apple Music but does not like the official Music app. The Marvis app is a great alternative to the official Apple Music app, as it gives you all the features you expect, so you can explore your music library by albums, playlists, genres and more.
The home screen of the app can be customized with just the parts you need and the way you want. For example, you can choose from recently played songs, most played songs, beloved songs, charts, new releases, radio stations and more to make the home experience unique in the app.
Another interesting feature of the Marvis app is a side menu that is accessible with gestures, which is great when you need to use the phone with just one hand. You will also find a great and intuitive interface that works in both 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 in-app purchase of $ 3.99.
Just like Marvis, Soor is another alternative to the official Apple Music app for iOS – and it also provides cool features for users who are not happy with the standard iPhone Music app. Soors interface can be customized with options to change the Home sections, set a light or dark theme, rearrange the playlists and more.
In addition to the local sections of your music library, 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, composer, number of games, and more.
The app also comes with several widgets for the iOS home screen, which is great for customizing your iPhone, while making it easier to access your favorite songs. This includes Now Playing, Magic Mix and Music Collection widgets. It even has Cover Flow.
Soor 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 track your favorite artists to track the latest and upcoming albums and songs, but MusicHarbor does. Instead of offering suggestions or working as an alternative player to Apple Music, MusicHarbor is built for users who know exactly who they want to follow.
You just open the app, search for artists and start following them – and MusicHarbor does the rest. The app provides a list of all albums released by each artist, and it also shows any content such as singles and video clips. You can also enable push notifications when one of the artists you follow releases a new song.
Furthermore, MusicHarbor has a button that redirects you to a web page with the latest news about the artist and a dedicated tab to view any scheduled concerts. Widgets, iCloud data synchronization and theme options are also available for users.
You can try MusicHarbor for free in 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 let users rediscover their music library. Unlike all the other apps on this list, Longplay is focused on exploring all the albums and playlists you have – except the ones that you just added to some of the songs in the Apple Music library.
Once opened, the app will only show the artwork from your albums and playlists. You can rearrange the main view by selecting only albums, playlists or using one of the “Sort by” options. There are no extra options or anything that will make you think about where to start. All you have to do is use an album or a playlist and start listening to it.
By long pressing on the albums, Longplay offers opportunities to play it in random mode or use AirPlay. It’s a fun app, and Apple Music users should give it a try.
Longplay is available on the App Store for $ 2.99 as a one-time purchase.
With these apps, you can definitely get a whole new experience with Apple Music. You can replace the official Music app or rediscover songs you don’t even remember right now.
It’s worth mentioning that while these apps work best with an Apple Music subscription, they also work with songs purchased from the iTunes Store or synced from a computer to the Music app.
What do you think of this list? Have you tried any of these apps? Are there any apps you also like that I have not mentioned? Let me know in the comments below.
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