A weird bug is causing Apple’s Music app to install itself in people’s iPhone docks

Is Apple’s Music app overtaking another app’s position in your iPhone’s dock, even setting itself as the default music service for Siri requests? If so, you’re not alone!

  • A weird Apple Music bug is apparently causing the stock Music app to install itself directly in the iPhone’s dock after being downloaded from the App Store.
  • In some cases, the app installs itself as the default music player for Siri music requests without seeking user permission or showing a confirmation prompt.
  • The issue affects different versions of iOS 15 and different iPhone models. Apple hasn’t acknowledged this obvious bug nor has it provided any comment so far.

Apple’s Music app is perplexing some iPhone owners

iOS developer Kevin Archer reported the odd behavior of the Music app in a Twitter video showing the app installing itself directly into his iPhone’s dock, replacing the Spotify app. This apparent bug isn’t reportedly targeting Spotify or any other specific third-party music app. Instead, it will replace simply whatever app is in a Dock position on your device. The scope of the issue is unclear though the bug only manifests itself when the Music app is downloaded from the App Store.

Sarah Perez, TechCrunch:

According to various reports, the Apple Music iOS app is installing itself directly to the iPhone’s dock when downloaded, instead of to the phone’s homescreen. It’s also kicking out other apps users had set up in their dock and taking their spot, which is not something apps would normally do.

Definitely not something you’d expect apps to do! As a matter of fact, this could be the first time we’ve heard of such a weird bug. There’s more weirdness though.

We found the Apple Music app replaced all sorts of apps that were in users’ docks, including first-party apps like the built-in Camera app, as well as other third-party apps, like Twitter. Another developer, replying in the Twitter thread, noted Apple Music bumped out Apple’s Safari app from their iPhone dock, as well.

Even poor ol’ Siri isn’t safe from it!

Some iPhone owners also found the bug was causing Apple Music to establish itself as the default music service for Siri requests, even if another service had previously been configured for this, like Spotify.

It would seem that this completely baffling issue affects all versions of Apple’s iOS 15 software as well as different models of the iPhone. It doesn’t appear to be rooted in the latest iOS update. Note that because users have reported various manifestations of this problem, this bug clearly isn’t impacting all users in the same way. Read: How to transfer your liked songs and playlists from Spotify to Apple Music

Predictably, Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney took to Twitter to allude that Apple is self-preferencing and saying the company has “rigged” iOS to pull this off.

Have you been impacted by this issue? What happens if you redownload the Music app from the App Store? Does it go straight to your home screen where it normally should or does it install itself directly in your dock? Sound off in the comments!