Meet Apple Music Discovery Station: A new algorithmic radio

Kerem Gülen
Aug 8, 2023

Apple Music is enhancing the personalized listening experience with the introduction of a novel feature: the Discovery Station. Unlike previous offerings, this station delves into your recent listening habits to curate a playlist of tracks you might enjoy but haven't yet explored or added to your library. The news was first reported by Apple Insider and 9to5Mac.

Although Apple has made no formal announcement regarding the Discovery Station, it is already accessible to most users across Apple Music’s mobile, desktop, and web platforms.

To tap into this innovative feature, simply navigate to the Listen Now section and find the Discovery Station under the "Stations for You" category. This addition complements the existing [Your name’s] Station, which compiles a selection of songs already present in your library, offering an even richer and more tailored music experience.

Apple Music's introduction of the Discovery Station presents an intriguing new approach to curated listening. Unlike traditional playlists that may contain songs a user has already experienced, the Discovery Station is focused entirely on the unknown, algorithmically generating recommendations outside of one's current library.

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While the Discovery Station's existence has been known for some time, its global availability marks a significant moment. It seeks to provide endless musical exploration, potentially unlocking a virtual library of 100 million songs that may otherwise remain undiscovered. This contrasts with other Apple Music features like the New Music Mix, limited to a weekly update of 25 songs.

Access to Apple Music's new Discovery Station has been granted to some journalists at The Verge, leading to observations on its effectiveness in introducing likable, unfamiliar tunes. Jay Peters specifically identified the recommendations as aligning with his personal taste, stating they were Similarly, Wes Davis's assessment was positive, affirming that the station “actually seems pretty good.”

In the broader context of music streaming platforms, this development by Apple may be seen as a response to Spotify's algorithm-driven Discover Weekly playlist, a feature that has set a standard for personalized music recommendations.

MacRumors has identified a direct link to the Discovery Station. It remains to be seen how effective this Discovery Station is in suggesting music we'd want to include in our collection. While Apple might not make an official announcement about this new feature, it could be referenced in the update notes of an upcoming iOS version.

The question now looms: Will Apple's Discovery Station be able to not only meet but potentially surpass the established success of Spotify's personalized offerings? Only time and user engagement will tell.


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  1. Laina Betts-Dunn said on September 1, 2023 at 6:36 pm

    Most people are finding it is related to the newest Pokémon Go! update. If you check control center, Pokémon Go! has accessed location just prior to the vibrations.

    1. Lillian said on September 4, 2023 at 9:17 am

      You are the best I didn’t even think about that being the problem even tho I said to my friend it’s vibrating randomly like Pokémon go does when new Pokémon pop up

  2. John said on September 3, 2023 at 6:33 pm

    It’s happening on beta release isn’t this to be expected? Any beta release is going to have bugs.

  3. Anonymous said on September 17, 2023 at 7:11 pm

    “You can browse the internet privately on your iPhone too”

    No, you can’t. See below.

    “This means that no one will be able to see what you’ve been browsing unless you tell them.”

    No-one you would allow to use your devices. It’s important to remind that online trackers still get almost as much as before in this mode, tracking you for the duration of the session at least. In fact a quick search on whether cookies (and local storage, indexedDB, and so on) are even cleared at exit or not in Apple’s private browsing gives contradictory answers (maybe this has to do with Apple’s habit of conveniently avoiding to get technical with users, even when that means more opportunities to fool them) and your article doesn’t say more, so it’s not even clear to me that there is any protection against online trackers.

    About the other Apple privacy tools you mention, I wouldn’t trust them. They killed the actual privacy tools like ublock origin on Safari that hide the IP address from trackers, to then provide their own fake replacement, like Google and their Mozilla pet company are slowly doing too with their own browsers. From the mouth of such companies, even “blocking cookies” may actually mean something weaker, like having an undisclosed tracker whitelist for bullshit reasons that ublock origin doesn’t seem to need (Mozilla does that for instance), not actually blocking them but just isolating them while still writing they’re blocked (Mozilla did that through inaccurate UI wording for third-party cookies), or keeping in place for years privacy bugs that they are aware of and that don’t remove storage when it’s supposed to be (Mozilla again, and they’re not worse than the others). And it’s only a few examples.

    Is there also need to remind that Safari like all the other big browsers is infested with Apple’s own spyware antifeatures (including for advertisers, unlike what they pretend in their ads) ?

  4. You're welcome said on September 18, 2023 at 6:27 pm

    Sneak PEEK.

  5. Seeprime said on September 20, 2023 at 12:29 am

    It has been weeks where the comments sections are littered with old unrelated comments. Maybe it’s time to say goodbye to ghacks.

  6. Fritz said on September 22, 2023 at 8:05 am

    With all due respect, a rather lame article with very little useful information. “Update”, “Reset”, “Restart” and “Contact Support” are not exactly mind-boggling solutions… I would have expected a bit more from a sophisticated tech blog…

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