iOS 17.3 beta brings back collaborative Apple Music playlists feature

The latest iOS 17.3 beta, released December 12, 2023, reintroduces the highly anticipated collaborative Apple Music playlists feature. This long-awaited functionality allows you to create and share playlists with friends and family, adding a whole new dimension to your listening experience.

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The music experience is more collaborative with the collaborative playlists in the iOS 17.3 beta

The demand for collaborative playlists in Apple Music has been growing for years. Users have been requesting the feature through various channels, including Apple’s feedback forum. Apple first announced plans to add collaborative playlists back in June 2023 at WWDC.

However, the feature was unexpectedly removed from the iOS 17.2 beta in November 2023, citing concerns about abuse and spam. This disappointed many users who were eagerly awaiting its arrival.

But now, with the iOS 17.3 beta, collaborative playlists are back and better than ever. Apple has implemented new safeguards to prevent abuse, including limits on how many pending requests a playlist owner can have.

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You and your friends can now build playlists together, adding, removing, and rearranging songs to create the ultimate musical experience. No more fighting over who gets to choose the next song – let everyone contribute their unique flavor!

How does it work?

Creating a collaborative playlist is easy. Just open the Apple Music app, create a new playlist, and tap the little person icon. From there, you can invite your friends via messages, AirDrop, or a shareable link. Once they join, they’ll have full control to add, remove, and even rearrange songs, making it a truly collaborative effort.

The benefits are endless:

  • Party Planning Just Got Easier: Create the perfect playlist for any occasion, whether it’s a chill get-together or a wild dance party, with everyone contributing their favorite tunes.
  • Discover New Music: Explore your friends’ musical tastes and discover hidden gems you may have never heard before.
  • Build a Shared Library: Create a playlist that reflects the musical preferences of everyone involved, becoming a soundtrack for your shared memories.
  • Bond Over Music: Enjoy a more social listening experience and connect with your loved ones through the universal language of music.

The collaborative playlists feature is now available in the iOS 17.3 beta, which was released on December 12, 2023. If you would like to be one of the first to try out iOS 17.3, you can sign up for the public beta test.

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