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Tip: Want less Apple in your Music?

Note: This story has not been updated for several years.


If you’re finding Apple Music a little bit too much to take in, and would rather just go back to your habit of listening to your own music, well, there is some recourse, but not a whole lot. (You can’t, however, go back to iOS 8’s previous Music app–but let’s all agree that’s probably a good thing.)

To disable some of Apple Music’s more prominent features, go to Settings > Music and turn the Show Apple Music slider to Off. Next time you launch the Music app you’ll see a simpler set of toolbar options: My Music, Playlists, Radio, and Connect.

So you can’t escape Apple Music entirely, but if you’re looking to restrict your musical experience, it’s a good place to start.

[Dan Moren is the East Coast Bureau Chief of Six Colors. You can find him on Mastodon at or reach him by email at His latest novel, the supernatural detective story All Souls Lost, is now available for pre-order.]

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