Apple Music gains new playlists for hundreds of moods and activities

Apple Music has launched more than 250 brand new playlists spanning hundreds of moods and activities, making it easier to pick the right music for the moment.


  • Apple Music adds 250+ new playlists for various moods and activities
  • They’re optimized for Siri, making picking the right music for the moment easier
  • The new playlists are also available on the new Apple Music Voice subscription

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More than 250 new Apple Music playlists now available

Apple talked about the new playlists briefly as part of its pre-taped product unveilings, broadcast on October 18, 2021 under the tagline “Unleashed”. Designed for easy voice requests with Siri, the new playlists span hundreds of various moods and activities.

Here are a few examples showing the diversity of the new playlist.

  • “Play an island vibes playlist”
  • “Play a day in Tokyo playlist”
  • “Play a playlist for Creative Focus”
  • “Play the cooking playlist”
  • “Play the family vacation playlist”
  • “Play the bedtime playlist”
  • “Play a warming up playlist”
  • “Play the bedtime playlist”

Apple Music has “tens of thousands of playlists,” according to the company.

To help navigate the new playlists, check out a cool guide put together by MacStories which lists all of the new playlists grouped into categories like Activities, Inspiration and Focus, Self-Care, Get Going and Get Out, Sports and Games, Zodiac and more.

There’s also a workflow for the Shortcuts app to use in your iOS automations.

Apple Music Voice is coming soon

The new Apple Music Voice subscription costs just five bucks per month, half the price of the regular $10/month subscription. As its name indicates, the Apple Music Voice plan lets you request any song, album, artist or playlist from the Apple Music catalog, across any Apple device, but you’ll need to use Siri for that. Apple Music Voice subscribers also have full playback controls including unlimited song-skipping through Siri.

When you’re on this plan, however, the Music app on your devices will restrict Apple Music content to Siri-suggested tunes and your listening history.

Apple clarifies in a press release.

Apple Music Voice Plan subscribers will get a customized in-app experience with suggestions based on the listener’s music preferences and a queue of recently played music through Siri. Within the app there will also be a dedicated section called ‘Just Ask Siri’ where subscribers can learn tips to optimize Siri for Apple Music.

These new playlists are available to every subscriber of any Apple Music plan.
Apple's marketing image showing the Apple Music subscription plans: Voice, Individual and Family

The new Apple Music Voice Plan is coming later in 2021 to 17 countries and regions, including Australia, Austria, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Spain, Taiwan, the United Kingdom and the United States.

If having to specifically ask Siri to play something isn’t how you imagine interacting with a music service, and you need more features, then you should opt for the regular $1§0/monht plan which includes features like spatial audio, lossless audio, offline listening, lyrics, the ability to create your own custom playlists and more.