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iOS 16 adds two cool new features to the Apple Music app

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on his WWDC, Apple announced iOS 16, the latest version of its mobile operating system. And while Cupertino didn’t talk much about Apple Music in his keynotes, iOS 16 will also add new features to the Music app.

At the event, Apple showcased a new music lock screen, which will take up the entire screen and show you more album art and larger playback controls. But what Cupertino didn’t mention is that you can follow your favorite artists and have automatic sorting options for your playlists in the Apple Music app (via 9to5Mac

Mark an artist as a favorite

We probably all have our favorite artists that we follow and listen to every new song they release. However, it can be difficult to catch every newly released song, especially if you are a fan of many musicians. This is exactly what Spotify’s Follow feature is trying to solve, and now Apple has added such an option to its Music app as well. With iOS 16, when a favorite artist uploads a new song, you’ll get a notification about the new song. Apple also stated that the new favorite feature will come with improved recommendations to help you keep track of the artists you care about.

To mark an artist as a favorite, all you need to do is open the Apple Music app, navigate to that artist’s profile, and tap the new star-shaped icon in the top right.

Sort the songs in your playlists

When you currently add a song to a playlist in the Music app, it moves to the bottom of the list. You have the option to manually sort your playlist, but there are no automatic options, which is actually ridiculous in 2022. In iOS 16, you can now choose to sort a playlist by song title, artist name, albums, and release dates. Don’t worry – it still remembers your original playlist layout, so choosing the “Playlist Order” option will return you to the original sorting. You can find the new playlist sorting options by navigating to a playlist in the Music app and pressing the three dots in the top right corner.

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