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How to Use Apple Music’s New Listen Now Feature, Improved Search in macOS Big Sur

Apple Music app on macOS 11 Big Sur

Apple Music in macOS Big Sur adds a Listen Now tab that Apple says is designed for playing and discovering your favorite music, artists, interviews, and mixes all in one place. 

It starts with a summary of your Top Picks across your music interests. As you play, Apple Music “learns” what you like and offers suggestions.

Click the Listen Now item near the top left side of the Apple Music screen. You’ll see Top Picks, Recently Played, and more based on your history with Apple’s music streaming service.

Listen Now in Apple Music
Listen Now in Apple Music

Apple Music in macOS Big Sur also has an improved search that showcases the best music for the genres and activities you prefer. Search incorporates different genres and music based on categories like Summertime Sounds, Country, Oldies, etc., to make it easier to find something new to listen to that appeals to your tastes.

Browse Categories in Apple Music
Browse Categories in Apple Music

Dennis Sellers
the authorDennis Sellers
Contributing Author
Dennis has over 40 years of journalism experience and has written hundreds of articles. For the past 20-plus years, he's been an online journalist, covering mainly Apple Inc. He's written for MacCentral, MacWorld, MacMinute, Macsimum News, Apple Daily Report, and is now contributing editor at Apple World Today.

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