If you read my previous post on this subject where I talked about signing up to the Apple Music for Artists Beta, you’ll know just how excited I was to get my eyes onto this thing. So how good is it? Well, let’s just say it’s early days, even by Apple’s standards.
It’s really hard not to compare the service to Spotify’s own Spotify for Artists as they’re pretty much the biggest competitors in the streaming market. They also share some similarities within their services such as the data they share and, well let’s face it their names sound the same!
Apple Music Beta – The Dashboard
Let’s jump right in. From the dashboard you’ll see all of the artists you’ve got access to as well as be able to request to access more. From here you see a menu of sections to navigate. Let’s go through them.
#1 – Overview
By the looks of it, this section is basically a snapshot of how you’re doing. You can filter by time at the top right of the page, so it might be best to choose ‘Lifetime’ if you don’t have much activity (like me). As well as seeing the number of plays, radio spins, song and albums purchases, you may also see some Insights. I’ve been thinking of these as rewards or milestones.
Scroll down and you’ll get a map showing the top country or region your music is played along with most played tracks.
#2 – Trends
This is where lack of any kind of documentation frustrates me. Just what are Trends in the context of Apple Music? My guess is it’s just showing a breakdown of when your tracks were played over a range of time so you can quickly get an idea of when and where it was popular. There’s also the option to breakdown by gender and age but they’re not working for me at the moment.
#3 – Places
Similar to the map and most played section on the Overview page, this is pretty much a slightly more fleshed out version of that section.
#4 – Your Music
This section gives you a breakdown of all your plays, radio spins and purchases. Note that it also gives you a breakdown of your album sales as as well as single tracks.
#5 – Manage
From the Manage section you can invite other users to your artist’s page as well as turn off request to access. You can also choose to remove yourself from the account.
Apple Music for Artists Beta Conclusion
So how is Apple’s version? Like I said it’s very much early days. We can’t complain too much as this is a beta after all. I’ll be keeping an eye on it as I’m sure we’ll (hopefully) see some Spotify-like customisation options like bio editing, image carousels and social links. I’ll keep you posted.
For now, I still recommend signing up if not just to have access to your artists on the platform. The analytics are still very helpful in understanding your audience.