Apple Music has revolutionized the way we listen to and discover music, providing a vast library of songs, albums, and playlists at our fingertips. As Apple Music subscribers, you may have come across a peculiar symbol next to some songs – a star. Have you ever wondered what this star means?
In this blog post, we’ll delve into the fascinating world of Apple Music’s star ratings and unravel their significance. So, let’s embark on this musical journey together!
Mysterious Star Popularity Defined by Ratings
You’ve probably noticed a gray star next to certain songs in your Apple Music library, but what does it signify? Well, this star is not just a random decoration; it carries a valuable message. According to Apple, the star represents one thing – the song’s popularity within an album or playlist. In other words, it’s an indicator of how many fellow music enthusiasts have appreciated the track.
Now, you might be wondering how a song earns its star. Unlike an automated process, Apple Music relies on user ratings to determine a song’s popularity. Users like you and me contribute to this system by rating songs based on our preferences and opinions. The more ratings a song accumulates, the brighter its star shines.
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How to Rate a Song?
If you’re curious about a song’s star rating and want to share your own musical judgment, here’s how you can do it:
- While playing a song on the Apple Music app, tap the ellipsis button (those three little dots) to open the action menu.
- Select “Rate Song” from the menu.
- Assign a star rating ranging from one to five stars, reflecting your personal appreciation for the track.
- Tap “Done” to save your rating.
But here’s the beauty of it – your star rating doesn’t have to be set in stone. Feel free to change your rating whenever you wish by repeating the same process. Apple Music respects your evolving musical tastes!
Turning Off Star Ratings
Now, we understand that not everyone is a fan of star ratings. If you prefer to trust your own judgment and enjoy music without being influenced by ratings, Apple Music allows you to turn off this feature:
- Open your iOS device’s Settings.
- Scroll down to ‘Music’ under the Library section.
- Toggle off the option next to ‘Show Star Ratings.’
This simple step will remove star ratings from your Apple Music app, giving you the freedom to explore music without any external influences.
The Elusive Number of Plays
You might be curious about how many plays it takes for a song to earn that coveted star. Unfortunately, Apple doesn’t disclose a specific play count that guarantees a star. The star is a reflection of a song’s popularity, and it varies from song to song.
For artists who are curious about their songs’ performance, Apple Music for Artists provides valuable insights. This tool can help you understand how many times your songs have been viewed, giving you an idea of the level of engagement required to earn that star.
It’s important to note that the exact number of plays required can differ based on Apple’s analytics and may vary for each user or song. It’s all about the song’s reception and how much listeners appreciate it.
Apple Music Classical: A Note on Expansion
In March 2023, Apple expanded its musical offerings with the introduction of Apple Music Classical. This dedicated app, included in existing Apple Music subscriptions, boasts the largest catalog of classical music globally. It’s tailored for classical music enthusiasts, offering enhanced music discovery features to help users find their favorite compositions.
On Apple Music, the star next to a song is more than just an aesthetic aspect; it indicates user ratings and popularity. While there’s no magic number of plays to guarantee a star, it’s all about how much the song resonates with listeners. So, as you explore the vast world of music on Apple Music, don’t be surprised to come across these stars guiding you to the most cherished tunes in your library. Enjoy the journey of discovering and rating your favorite songs!