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Turning off Connect makes Apple Music better

Susie Ochs | July 2, 2015
Connect is the part of Apple Music where you'll supposedly enjoy a close, personal relationship with the artists and bands you care about. But just artists, not your friends--unlike Spotify and Rdio, you can't build a list of your friends, see what they're listening to and enjoying, subscribe to each other's handmade playlists, or collaborate on a shared playlist, say, for an upcoming road trip or party.

Plus, you won't be missing much. Connect just isn't that good, at least not yet. Apple Music automatically adds to Connect every artist in your My Music library, whether they're actually actively using Connect or not. And guess what--a lot of them aren't. On the first day, I was auto-following a few dozen artists and bands, but only eight of them currently have content in my Connect feed, and what's here so far is very underwhelming. For example, Snoop Dogg wants me to listen to his new album, so he linked to his album. Wow, thanks, Snoop.

Pearl Jam shared the trailer for their Pearl Jam: Twenty documentary--which came out in 2011. They don't mention where I can see it, if I haven't already. (Pro tip: It used to stream on Netflix, but now it's DVD only, although you can see a bunch of clips on Hulu, and the whole thing on YouTube at least for now.) There isn't even a link to buy it on iTunes.

Maybe it'll get better if and when artists start sharing demos and remixes straight from GarageBand. I'll keep Connect around for a little bit to see if it improves--and please do let me know if you see artists who are actually doing a good job with it, because I'd like to follow them! Of course, writing about this stuff is my job, but for you it's totally optional! If you don't want to be a guinea pig in Apple's grand experiment to...uh, re-create parts of Tumblr, Twitter, and Soundcloud inside the Music app, well, you don't have to.


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