Why is Apple Music so slow? How to speed it up

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Apple Music’s app is one of the biggest weaknesses of its app-based streaming service, which doesn’t seem ideal. Whether you’re on your iPhone or Mac, the app has never been known to be particularly fast; Reddit users in particular to like to complain on this subject. If you found the Apple Music app extremely slow, there are a few tricks to speed things up.

Disable Apple Music Social Features

Apple Music includes a few social features that are supposed to help you discover new music shared by other users. Turning them off should reduce how often you have to suffer from the app loading animation.

To do this on iPhone, open the Music app listen now and select your profile icon. Disable Contacts on Apple Music and Allow search by Apple ID. Then press Notice and disable Friend activity and Artists and Shows.

You can also disable these settings from the Music app on your Mac, where they’re located under the Account menu in the Music application.

These tweaks should dramatically speed up the time it takes for Apple Music to load search results, recommendations, and other pages.

Completely Delete Your Apple Music Social Profile

If disabling social features doesn’t speed up the app, consider deleting your Apple Music social profile altogether. You will lose access to the Friends Mix playlist and other music recommendations generated based on what your friends are listening to, and your publicly shared playlists may also stop working as intended, but the speed trade-off may to be worthwhile.

Again, open the Music app listen now and tap the profile icon in the corner. Select See profilepress the Edit button, scroll down and select Delete profile.

To do the same on the Music app for your Mac, click the listen now in the sidebar and click on your profile icon. Click on Edit and select Delete profile.

In my experience, deleting my social profile has definitely improved my performance. Apple Music’s loading bar appears less often, and even with a VPN enabled, songs don’t take long to start playing.

Find another Apple Music app

There are many great alternatives that will make Apple Music much faster than stock apps.

On your iPhone or iPad, you can try apps like Marvis Pro ($7.99) or Sister ($6.99), which let you use almost all of Apple Music’s best features, minus the bloat.

On your Mac or PC, Apple Music’s web player can also give you a smoother experience, especially if you’re using an older device. Open music.apple.com in your browser, log in and you’re ready to go.

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