Apple Music Connect with fans

If you choose to hide Apple Music on an iPhone, iPod touch or iPad, the Music app gains a new Connect tab.

Described by Apple as a place where “musicians give their fans a closer look at their work, their inspirations, and their world,”Apple Music Connect permits music lovers to view and follow an artist’s stream, like and comment on their posts and more.

Apple Music Connect is basically Ping 2.0. The feature is a tad crude in appearance and feels rough around the edges so little wonder that some folks don’t view Connect as valuable enough for it to deserve its own tab.

Wouldn’t it be great if you could get rid of the Connect tab? Thankfully, there is.

You’d be forgiven for thinking that the Connect feature couldn’t be disabled: Apple has made sure to burry and hide it in an obscure place. In this post, I’m going to explain precisely how you can disconnect from Connect in Apple Music on iPhone, iPod touch, iPad or Mac.

Should you want, you can disable Apple Music Connect and remove its dedicated Connect tab within the Music app.

Important: There’s no getting rid of Apple Music Connect on iOS: Apple has inexplicably removed the switch to disable the Connect feature from the latest iOS version. It’s unclear whether the switch will be making its way back in future software versions.

How to disable Apple Music Connect in Music

To disable the Connect tab, you’ll need to make a quick trip to your iPhone or iPad’s Restrictions settings.

Step 1: Open the Settings app on your iPhone.

Step 2: Navigate to General → Restrictions.

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You will be asked to type in your Restrictions passcode.

Tip: If the passcode prompts doesn’t appear and all of the options in Settings → General → Restrictions are greyed out, you must first tap Enable Restrictions at the top.

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You will be asked to choose a 4-digit passcode.

You will enter this passcode whenever any of the Restrictions options need adjusting. Note that the Restrictions passcode is different from your device passcode.

Step 3: Now set Apple Music Connect to OFF in Settings → General → Restrictions.

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And that’s all there’s to it!

Seen below: Apple’s Music app on iOS 8.4 with Apple Music Connect enabled, at left, and with Apple Music Connect disabled and replaced with Playlists functionality, at right.

Now that you’ve gotten rid of the Connect tab on your iOS device, it’s time to pull the same trick in iTunes for Mac and Windows!

How to disable Apple Music Connect in iTunes for Mac and Windows

Like on the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad, disabling Apple Music Connect in desktop iTunes removes the Connect tab from the interface.

Step 1: Open iTunes or higher on your Mac or Windows PC.

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Step 2: Bring up the settings interface.

  • On OS X, choose Preferences under the iTunes menu.
  • On Windows, choose Edit > Preferences.

Step 3: In iTunes’ Preferences window, click on the Parental tab.

Step 4: Now tick the box next to Apple Music Connect under the Disable section.

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Step 5: Click OK to confirm the changes.

As you can see for yourself, iTunes now longer provides a dedicated Connect tab.

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To re-enable Apple Music Connect, just un-tick the aforesaid box in iTunes Preferences.

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  • Bugs Bunnay

    Might solve that battery drain issue.

  • Onaje Perry

    Anybody notice once you repeat a song, it only plays that song. You can no longer have repeat on and still switch song bc of the up next feature.

    • Ethan Humphrey

      Thank you sooooooo much! My music kept repeating the same song over and OVER AND OVER AGAIN! This fixed that finally! I just thought it was a bug with iOS 9…

  • Mattoligy

    So how do you disable on iPad? As I’m seeing no option to disable connect in settings > restrictions!

    • iByron

      Probably intentional as Playlists already has its own tab in the larger interface.

  • Isaac

    A lot of gimmicky features in Apple Music. Wish I could block everything out and just stream music.

  • Brandon

    omg good riddance.

  • Romeo Thái Tử

    Settings -> Music -> Turn Off Show Apple Music

    • Kyle

      No.

    • Zack Whitfield

      Dude, amazing,

  • Alejandro Delgado

    Well this was useful. Cheers, people.

  • japplemusik

    I am using the iOS 9 public beta 1 and there is no option for “Apple Music Connect” anywhere in my restrictions.

    • Jakob Se.

      Same, hope Apple adds the option again

  • Rob Bricknell

    thanks, make music player a lot easier now, What I do miss is music player changing in landscape mode!

  • askep3

    I’m getting a bunch of weird lag that gradually gets worse and worse until I restart the music app. It lags whenever I unlock my device straight to the music app. Is there any fix to this?

    • Jakob Se.

      I only have extreme lag on the homescreen switching between pages, the animation is very very slow, it only rarely occurs, I think one condition is that I use the music app in the background

      • askep3

        YES, that’s happened to me too!!!

        I think it’s a bug, also, sometimes when I add music to playlists it doesn’t work 🙁

  • Chris Tangler

    is there any way to save stations other than in “recents” like there was in 8.3 and earlier?

  • phillip

    I disables it in iOS 8.4, and now that I’ve updated to iOS 9 Beta, there isn’t an option to enable it back!! Not sure if I’m lucky or not!

  • MCTDynamic

    Cool thank you. I have been complaining about it.

  • Daviziu

    Can someone explain to me why I cannot choose a custom artwork for my playlists on my iPhone?
    There is no camera icon while editing the playlist, even though there should be.

  • jabohn

    I’m running the iOS 9 beta and I’m not signed up for Apple music. I have a separate tab at the bottom for playlists and connect. Is it once you enable Apple music that the tab at the bottom is gone?

  • Sagan Clark

    This does not help at all. Even when disabling apple music it still pesters me to sign up. It’s even preventing me from using radio, every time. The tab is not the problem.

  • Raggedhand

    Thanks! I would be walking along and my song would suddenly stop and the Apple music app would pop on. The entire Apple Music thing was so annoying!