Apple Music just got one of Spotify’s best features — here’s how to turn it on

Apple Music logo and Spotify logo on phones
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If, like me, you've been familiar with both Apple Music and Spotify for some time — whether you've switched from one to the other or have flitted between the two — you'll know that there are some ways in which Apple's music streaming app has lagged behind.

While Apple Music has tended to target audiophiles and champion quality with features like lossless playback, the app has tended to have less general-user features. Party tricks, so to speak. Spotify was the first to implement karaoke mode, for example, and has long since had a crossfade feature to allow the person in charge of the tunes to act like they're a DJ. 

Apple Music released their answer to Spotify's karaoke mode in late 2022 with Apple Music Sing, and have now launched an automated crossfade feature with the release of iOS 17, to square things there too.

The thing is, if you didn't read the release notes or know where to look, you'd never have realized, as Apple hasn't really made a big song and dance (get it?) about the feature. It's buried in the Settings menu and isn't turned on by default.

We're here to fix that. Read on to find out how to enable the new Apple Music crossfader.

How to enable the Apple Music crossfader

You'll need to be running iOS 17 in order to use this feature. We can show you how to update your iPhone if you need help.

1. Go to Settings > Music

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Open the Settings app and tap Music.

2. Toggle on Crossfade

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Scroll down and toggle on Crossfade.

3. Adjust crossfade timer

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Adjust the timer slider to control when the crossfade starts to happen at the end of a song. For example, in the image above, the crossfader will start fading the first song out and the new song in seven seconds before the first one ends.

4. Hear it in action

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Now simply open Apple Music and play a song. Cue a second song and listen as the crossfader kicks in (you'll see the song name change before the first song ends).

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Peter Wolinski
Reviews Editor

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