Apple Music and Mandopop and Cantopop

I never really managed to get a hang on Spotify and its Mandarin and Cantonese music. I always think that iTunes has a better selection of Mandarin pop and Cantonese pop and was looking forward to the launch of Apple Music.

Apple Music

So tonight, an update to iOS 8.4 brings the new Apple Music. I am in love with it after a few mins.

Find the new Apple Music icon:
Apple Music and Mandopop and Cantopop

The new app launches:
Apple Music and Mandopop and Cantopop

Apple Music and Mandopop and Cantopop

There are five icons on the iPhone (and 7 on the iPad) and choosing the last one gives you your CURRENT music library (the music that you have loaded into your iPhone):
Apple Music and Mandopop and Cantopop

Then comes the part which allows you to tailor the music to your taste. I read somewhere that you can actually ask Apple to scan your existing music library to get a good sense of your music. I don’t see that happening though on my iPhone so I am not sure what happened. Anyway look at the steps and you should be happy. You can see things like Mandopop, Cantopop, J-Pop, K-Pop etc. Look how “Asian” this feels ! I feel that it is important as it shows that the music is going to care about the listener, even though he is an Asian user… I don’t get that feeling in Spotify (seemed to feel a more “Western” application).

Apple Music and Mandopop and Cantopop

Tap two times to choose the GENRES you love most and once that you like. Hold and release after a few seconds to remove those y ou don’t like.

LOOK AT HOW MUCH I LIKE MANDOPOP and CANTOPOP 🙂

Apple Music and Mandopop and Cantopop

Apple Music and Mandopop and Cantopop

This is already making me so happy that the app cares about my taste. Then the next screen makes me happier…. what are some examples of the artists you like ?

See how much I LOVE JAY CHOU 🙂
Apple Music and Mandopop and Cantopop

And do I like SHE or do I LOVE SHE. ha ha.. finally, I LOVE SHE 🙂

Apple Music and Mandopop and Cantopop
Apple Music and Mandopop and Cantopop

And A Mei, of course 🙂

Apple Music and Mandopop and Cantopop

And ta ta, the Apple Music, tailored to your taste. Click on the first icon, “FOR YOU” to get your individualised music:

Apple Music and Mandopop and Cantopop

Apple Music and Mandopop and Cantopop

And even nicer on iPad version:
Apple Music and Mandopop and Cantopop

Apple Music and Mandopop and Cantopop

Looking at the featured artist, Jam Hsiao. Now remember that Jam was not available for me to choose from my favourite artists, but I guess the connection of SHE, Jay Chou and A Mei gave Apple some ideas on what I might like:
Apple Music and Mandopop and Cantopop

And Fish Leong:
Apple Music and Mandopop and Cantopop

You can then start a STATION based on Fish Leong and her music…..
Apple Music and Mandopop and Cantopop

Much later, you can still choose more artists to “teach” Apple Music your taste. This is mine after adding more artists 🙂
Apple Music and Mandopop and Cantopop

Or what’s new which again has a decidedly Mandarin/Canto feel:
Apple Music and Mandopop and Cantopop

The true test of such a service is the RADIO service (a radio attempts to play music of the genre of your choice and it is how you usually discover new music).
Yes, like Spotify, it has Mandopop and Cantopop radio.

Apple Music and Cantopop Radio Channel
Apple Music and Mandopop and Cantopop

The first song it ran was a Jolin song 🙂
Apple Music and Mandopop and Cantopop

Once you played a station, it appears at the top to make it easier for you:
Apple Music and Mandopop and Cantopop

The 2nd song from the Mandopop radio made me confused. Is this a song from the radio or my own iTunes library:
Apple Music and Mandopop and Cantopop

Of course, it is from Apple Music radio as the English words are used for the title and singer 🙂 Oh come on, dear Apple 🙂 U can do better than that.

And the next song, same feeling. Another familiar song.
Apple Music and Mandopop and Cantopop

On a more serious note, the feeling of “was this from my iTunes library or from Apple Music” happens too often. The songs from the radio are many familiar ones. Either Apple Music know my taste too well (but then it sort of spoiled the “discovery” mood for new music) or i know too many popular Mandopop that make me feel that way. Anyway, as I listened more, more and more unfamiliar music appears that I am starting to discover new music ….

You can also see what is the next song coming up in the Apple Radio.
Apple Music and Mandopop and Cantopop

Also, I am not sure if it is me not able to use Spotify properly but my Mandarin radio and Cantopop radio in Spotify always repeat the songs after a while. So far, for Apple Music, it is okay… no repeats so far… but we shall see….

Now I went back to the NEW icon and got many pleasant surprise.

Apple Music and Mandopop and Cantopop
Here, tell me where you find a Mandopop Workout Playlist !!!!!!!! FINALLY you can run to Chinese music !!! HAHAHHAHAHAHAHHA !!

The first song, of course, Mr can-dance-cannot-sing, Show Luo:
Apple Music and Mandopop and Cantopop

And later I found Cantopop Workout playlist too 🙂
Apple Music and Mandopop and Cantopop

Under “NEW” icon, there are the famous Curators section (which has NO asian choices, not surprisingly) but if you look at the Apple Music Editions, you can find Mandopop and Cantopop stuff..

Nice banners.. love the Cantopop one with Hong Kong Skyline:
Apple Music and Mandopop and CantopopApple Music and Mandopop and Cantopop

Nice in iPad too:
Apple Music and Mandopop and Cantopop

And love the write up on Cantopop:
Apple Music and Mandopop and Cantopop

In them, you can see some music that the Apple Music Editors have chosen….
Apple Music and Mandopop and Cantopop

Leslie… Leslie.. Gor Gor !
Apple Music and Mandopop and Cantopop

Apple Music and Mandopop and Cantopop

A write up on Leslie
Apple Music and Mandopop and Cantopop

Also this is not just about audio music. There are music MTVs for you too. Here’s one from Jacky Cheung, my favourite !
Apple Music and Mandopop and Cantopop
Looks like Apple is trying hard to be a COMPLETE entertainment platform for music.

And one last word….. the album art covers are complete… so far, I have not seen a single song without album art covers or (like Spotify) poor old album covers. The album art covers are nice and accurate. And oh, I hope Apple can introduce scrobbling to last.fm soon !! And also to improve its Mandopop and Cantopop singers and titles of the songs from ENGLISH (i.e. a translated English singer name/song title) to the actual Chinese words. And finally, of course, I would love to have LYRICS !! LYRICS !!

This is a keeper. 5 stars so far from Chinese Album Art so far….

Remember you have 3 months to try this service out…… so enjoy the 3 months first here:

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  1. Ray

    Its annoying me all along that I live in Canada and am not able to have access to the full chinese music catalog. the Canadian iTunes just doesnt have the full chinese selection and seems that apple is unable to fix this cross border problem. I only listen to Chinese music. …. so it sucks for me!

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