Being able to customize my music library at every level is a major reason why I use Apple Music. Everything from the song title, artist, and album, to the equalizer, start/stop point, and volume adjustment are able to be changed at a moment’s notice. But my favorite aspect of this customizability is the ability to change album art. The subreddit r/freshalbumart is an awesome source of artistic remixes for cover art, some of my favorites including Astroworld, DROGAS Wave, Swimming, and this KiDS SEE GHOSTS x Bandana mashup. Unsatisfied with the state of your favorite artist’s album art? No problem at all.
I also like to add production credits to my songs, something that has helped me learn about the backside of the artistic process. Through doing so, I have made some mind-boggling connections, like the fact that Chucky Thompson has production credits on Notorious B.I.G.’s 1994 album “Ready to Die” as well as Busta Rhyme’s mixtape “Return of the Dragon” which came out in 2015.
#2: Album Art Prominence
This goes in hand with the first reason. I love album art because it’s pretty and gives a visual side to the creative process behind the album. And despite the fact that the prettiness of an album cover has approximately no bearing on its quality, I still find myself gravitating towards albums with more aesthetically-pleasing covers like Lonnie Liston Smith’s “Loveland,” Kaytranada’s “99.9%,” and Mac Miller’s “Faces.” Apple Music’s layout shines a spotlight on album art, which I really appreciate over other platforms that display the album as a tiny square of 25 muddled pixels.
#3: Download Ease
If you’re like me, you like having your music all in the same place. There’s no need to switch between DatPiff, Spinrilla, SoundCloud, BandCamp, and YouTube if everything from those platforms can be coagulated on one platform — an easy task with Apple Music! #notanad. (Secretly, if you don’t have a streaming service subscription, Apple Music is fairly compatible with Pirate Bay downloads.) #definitelynotanad.
#4: Underrated Music Sharing
People bash Apple Music because it has a stunted social aspect, but I beg to differ. While the platform may not be engineered primarily with the goal of being social, that’s still doable if you’re looking to swap playlists with friends. And Apple Music’s personally curated playlists are great for discovery; the “Favorites” and “New Music” playlists are updated weekly and often provide a reliable source of casual listening.