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Apple has become synonymous with listening to music in the form of a digital file when one is out and about for the day. While there are many other streaming choices for music these days, iTunes is one of the major outlets that started much of this after technology started to move away from tape or CD players and toward MP3 files.
While Apple Music and iTunes remain great and convenient choices for listening to music, some users report that they sometimes get random songs appearing on their playlists from time to time.
This can prove problematic if the music isn’t to your taste, so we’ll go through why that may happen and what you can do about it in our article below.
If you’re a frequent listener of Apple Music or iTunes, you may notice that some songs you’re not familiar with or are not particularly interested in could pop up right in the middle of your favorite playlists.
There are a couple of reasons this might happen, so we’ll go through each of them.
You could be signed into another device that you don’t recognize. If you want to be able to listen to your playlists from multiple devices, it can be handy to have several of them remember your Apple ID at once.
This can make it easier to transition to a new device without any kind of prompts or pairing, and it allows you to keep your files with you via cloud access through multiple devices. However, the same feature that makes this so convenient could be causing some issues for you.
If your Apple ID is paired with any unrecognized devices, or if you’ve allowed someone else’s device to access your library, certain additions or changes could be messing up your usual roster of music.
This is one way in which songs you don’t recognize or wouldn’t play yourself could be getting onto your Apple Music or iTunes.
While there are features that can create mixes for you that might include music you could listen to, we assume here that you’re getting recommendations for songs that aren’t even within the typical genres or tastes that are to your liking.
To check which devices are associated with your apple ID, you can:
1. Go to the ‘Settings’ area of whichever Apple device you like.
2. From there, click on your name or Apple ID.
3. Once you’re in the new menu, scroll down to see a list of which devices are connected to your account currently.
4. If you’re on your Mac, you can go to the Apple Menu icon that is shaped like the fruit itself, and click on ‘System Preferences’ to get information about signed-in devices.
5. Check each device to make sure you recognize it, and disconnect any that you do not.
It is important to remember that it may not be a problem that you find one or two unrecognized devices in your lists.
It is possible that there are some older devices there that you don’t use, or perhaps you paired up the device of someone else temporarily, and that is now causing problems with random songs getting added to your account.
There are two other ways that Apple Music or iTunes might be causing issues with different songs on your account. They are somewhat related in how they function, so we’ll talk about both of them in detail in this section. Shazam can create personal mixes for you to listen to.
These will usually be under very broad headings that may include the names of various genres, or they will be centered around themes. For example, you may see mixes for chilling or workout, just to give you an idea of what you might find there.
With mixes, the programs from Apple Music or Shazam might create playlists that are centered around these themes. Some of the songs might be to your taste, but it is possible that many of them fit the theme or genre but won’t really have the musical sounds that you typically like to hear.
Personal mixes can also be set manually, such as a favorites list of songs you listen to a lot or new music you’ve decided to try. However, these sorts of mixes are separate from your actual playlists in most cases.
What might be happening here is that Shazam is set to add some of these playlists or songs to your music library automatically. There are ways to turn this feature off and try to eliminate the problem, though.
We will discuss how to get Apple to stop adding them, and how to stop random songs from playing once a playlist ends, in the following sections.
If Apple Music is adding random songs you don’t listen to or don’t care for to your playlists, it could be because you are a Shazam user. Using Shazam in conjunction with Apple Music can be great, but some of its settings may make things harder for you at first.
For one, Shazam has a feature that allows it to do an auto-add of certain songs by itself. Go into the ‘Settings’ for Shazam and look for an option about ‘Auto-adding Shazams to Apple Music’. If this option is checked, it could be what is causing this issue for you. Uncheck it to see if the problem persists.
There could be a syncing issue that is adding songs to your music library unnecessarily. While Shazam or a particular option within your app’s settings could also be to blame, we’ll list one other thing that could be putting your songs out of sorts.
1. From whatever preferred device you are on, go to the ‘Settings’ section.
2. Once there, find the ‘Music’ pane and click on it.
3. In this section, check to see if the ‘Sync Music’ option is selected. If so, unselect it to see if there might have been a problem with some unrecognized device syncing up music that you don’t like to listen to or want in your library.
The final problem you might be encountering occurs when Apple Music just keeps playing even after your preferred playlists end. In these cases, the app might be making random songs play when you’d prefer the music to stop.
It is likely that Apple is trying to play random music that is similar to what you were listening to previously.
1. To check for this, click on a song that playing, or go to one from your playlist.
2. Look for three lines that resemble a ‘Menu’. Click on this icon.
3. From there, check to see if an infinity loop symbol is selected. If it is, the program is trying to play random songs for you.
4. Uncheck this option to get the problem to stop.
There is no doubt that Apple Music and iTunes have set the stage for music streaming in a big way. Most of the newer apps that you’ll find use features that are similar to what Apple began with many years ago.
Additionally, the app has continued to grow and innovate as needed. With these changes can come a few unwanted features or difficulties. While it is nice to have the option, there are a few ways we can prevent unwanted songs from showing up in your library or playing.