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How to hide the Apple Music subscription service & get back Playlists parent menu in iOS 8.4

Though heavily hyped, Apple Music subscriptions may not be for everyone. Those who want to remove the streaming service from their iOS 8.4 Music app, and gain back easy access to custom playlists in the process, can easily do so— here's how.




After updating to iOS 8.4, users can simply open the native Settings app and scroll down to Music. Within that menu a new section for Apple Music includes a switch labeled Show Apple Music.

If this switch is on, the layout of the iOS Music app is geared toward catering to Apple Music subscribers, and also promoting the monthly subscription service to those who have not yet signed up.




Flipping this switch off, however, removes the "For You" and "New" parent menus in the iOS 8.4 Music app, and replaces them with the legacy "Playlists" option at the bottom of the screen.

Turning off Apple Music support within the iOS 8.4 Music app might be an ideal solution for users who prefer to own their music rather than pay an ongoing subscription fee. It also makes the app more usable for those who prefer creating their own native playlists within their library.




Playlists still exist within the Music app for those who are subscribed to Apple Music, but it takes one more step to access: Tap on the "My Music" parent menu at the bottom of the screen, and then switch from "Library" to "Playlists" at the top of that view.

The Playlists view appears the same in the iOS 8.4 Music app for both Apple Music users and non-Apple Music users alike.

Disabling Apple Music on an iPhone or iPad leaves the "Radio" and "Connect" parent menus at the bottom of the app. Both of these features —including the new 24/7 streaming Beats 1 station— remain available to those who are not subscribed to Apple Music.