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I love Apple Music, but I’ll admit, at this time each year, I’m jealous seeing everyone’s Spotify Wrapped. Apple Music lets me imagine I have a sophisticated taste with an expertly curated library, while Spotify lets its customers bask in the embarrassment of their actual listening history. I, too, want to be humbled. Thankfully, it looks like Apple Music is delivering us some humble pie this holiday season with its own version of Spotify Wrapped.
Apple Music has had some end-of-year reports available in the past, in a service called Apple Music Replay. You might have seen this feature before in the app, which appears as a playlist of your top 100 songs for the year. But Apple has been expanding the feature in recent years, adding a web app with additional yearly stats. Now, it’s better than ever.
To start, open Apple Music on your device of choice, then go to the Browse tab. Here, you should see a new Replay option. Tap it, and Apple Music will take you to the official Replay website. Sign in with the Apple ID you use for Apple Music, then allow Replay to load. Once it does, you’ll have access to a succinct summary of your year in music.
Scroll through this page, and you’ll see the following stats: How many songs you listened to, including your top 10 of the year and how many times each was played; how many artists you listened to, featuring your top 10 and how many minutes you played each artist for; how many albums you played, which were the top 10, and how many plays you contributed to each; how many playlists you listened to, and how long for each; your top radio stations, and how many minutes you spent with each; and, at the end, your official Apple Music Replay playlist, which lists your top 100 songs of the year.
These stats are fun to scroll through of course, but they’re not all Replay has to offer this year. The best part is the new Highlight Reel, which makes it easy to share Spotify Wrapped-like stats to your socials. The reel offers fun graphics with the stats we just covered above and more, including how many minutes you listened to Apple Music in total; your top song, artist, and album; and your top genres of the year, all the while accompanied by music from your Replay itself. Each slide includes a share button, which lets you easily save the slide to your device for sharing.
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It is a bit odd that Apple Music doesn’t let you use this new Replay feature in the app, though. Right now, it’s only available on the Apple Music web app, when it’d be much more convenient to use in the main app itself. At least Apple points you to Replay’s web app in Apple Music, rather than force you to learn about it elsewhere. You can still access the Apple Music Replay playlists from your Apple Music app, including Replay playlists from each year you subscribed to the platform.