Tips and Tricks: Apple Music Now Playing Navigation

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One bit of frustration I have had with the Apple Music app on my iPhone is navigation. While the basics of finding music actually work fine for me, it is the process of backtracking later on where I run into problems. If I search for music, I often find myself back at the Library screen and having to perform the same search again to get back to my results.

Once this happens, I am limited to whatever is cued up in the Now Playing window.

If I scroll down, I at least have access to either the rest of whatever I searched. In this case, the reset of the album tracks are listed.

If it is a Playlist, you will have the rest of the tracks in that list. If it is a Radio Station, you get the next track. Again, this at least give you a little bit of a connection to what you started searching for and listening to.

One thing I forgot about until a recent accidental press on the screen is that you can also go back to the current artist or album. This is done by tapping on the Artist and Album scroll.

This brings up links back to either the current artist’s page or the current album. Both are very handy For instance, if you are halfway through listening to an album, only the remaining tracks appear at the bottom of the Now Playing window. If you want to get back to a previous track, this link is the fastest way to get there.

While I would love to see a link to the last Search result added, this hidden navigation element does make getting around Apple Music a little faster and easier.

James Rogers

I am a Christian husband and father of 3 living in the Southeastern US. I have worked as a programmer and project manager in the Commercial and Industrial Automation industry for over 19 years, so I am hands on with technology almost every day. However, my passion in technology is for mobile devices, specifically Apple's iOS and iPadOS hardware and software. My favorite is still the iPad.

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