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It’s no secret Apple Music has some way to go before achieving feature parity between iOS and OS X.

Some crucial aspects of Apple Music on iOS have yet to make their way into iTunes for Mac and Windows PCs, and now Apple’s $9.99 per month service was discovered to have been avoiding adding streamed songs to a Recently Played playlist.

As Kirk McElhearn noted, it’s a huge, unexpected oversight on Apple’s part because you should in fact be permitted to access a full history of what you have listened to, regardless of whether it’s locally stored music or Apple Music files streamed to your computer or mobile device.

McElhearn is right.

Here’s a look at my Recently Played playlist.

It list all the songs I listened to via Apple Music, except that these are not streamed songs but ones I previously saved for offline listening. I also listened to a bunch of songs on Apple Music via streaming, but they’re nowhere to be found in the Recently Played smart playlist.

iOS 8.4 Music Recently Played Playlist

I’m surprised Apple didn’t implement full access to your listening history.

I wouldn’t file this one under the “teething issues” category because this feature is basic and should have proved trivial to implement. Be that as it may, I sincerely hope this isn’t by design and that Apple will address this issue as soon as humanly possible because why else would they want to prevent us from finding streamed songs we listened to in the Recently Played playlist.

No matter how you look at it, the inability of Apple Music to display your full listening history is arguably its biggest mistake and a major point of user confusion, one that widens rather than bridges the divide between Mac and iOS.

And as McElhearn remarked, there should be a dedicated smart playlist for liked tracks, just like Photos for iOS and OS X automatically adds any liked photo into a dedicated Favorites album,

Liking a song, album or artist by hitting a heart icon helps influence Apple Music’s For You recommendations. It’s therefore something of a surprise that Apple Music won’t let us revisit streamed songs we have liked, unless it’s music in your own personal iTunes library.

Source: Kirk McElhearn

  • dudeimmexican

    Apple music is $hit.

  • Eikast

    I’m really pissed off. Last night I added 12-15 songs to a new playlist and this morning on my way to work I was listening to the first song with shuffle enabled. The next random song started to play and then all of a sudden Apple Music crashes. I open Apple Music and the first song is the ONLY song remaining in the playlist. I tried to check recently played music and none of those songs were there -_-. Even the recently added playlist didn’t have them. What’s the point of adding Apple Music songs to “My Music” if it doesn’t count as “Recently Added”. Clearly no one thought the whole thing out.

  • Kevin Fleming

    Click on the song currently playing, click on the up next button to the right of “next track” >>, and it shows up what’s up next… if you pull down from the middle it will show you your history of listened to songs, streamed, on beats1 radio, in your library, everything basically! It’s a different way to see recently played but accomplishes the task you are looking for!

    • Chris Wagers

      Nice. Thanks!

  • PA Nard

    I was surprised to see the iOS 8.4 updated with such a “huge” new product (Apple Music) 2-3 months before iOS 9… This made me think it was made for early adopters and in some ways we’ll be guinea pig for Apple Music and the ones to set its future! They’ll monitor critics and hopefully jailbreak tweaks that will stand out of the crowd so future updates will grant our wishes… hopefully?
    food for thought

  • Liking a song, album or artist by hitting a heart icon helps influence Apple Music’s For You recommendations. It’s therefore something of a surprise that Apple Music won’t let us revisit streamed songs we have liked, unless it’s music in your own personal iTunes library.

    I’m in the middle of sorting out my iTunes library because iTunes has made an absolute mess of everything and have found that you can easily create a a smart playlist with the criteria “Loved”:”is true”. You can also limit it to recently played songs or just let it include every song you have ever liked.

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