Pixel Envy

Written by Nick Heer.

Personalized Apple Music 2018 Summary Shortcut

Federico Viticci created an impressive Shortcut to allow anyone to create a personalized report of their year of listening on Apple Music:

When Spotify was my music streaming service of choice, one of the features I really liked was its personalized Wrapped report generated at the end of the year. I’ve always been a fan of geeky annual reports and stats about the usage of any given web service – be it Spotify, Pocket, or Toggl. I appreciate a detailed look at 12 months of collected data to gain some insight into my habits and patterns.

I’ve always been annoyed by the lack of a similar feature in Apple Music; I’m surprised that Apple still hasn’t added a native “Year in Review” option – a baffling omission given how the company is already collecting all of the necessary data points in the cloud. Official “Apple Music Wrapped” functionality would bolster the service’s catalog of personalized features, providing users with a “reward” at the end of the year in the form of reports and playlists to help them rediscover what they listened to over the past year.

This is remarkable, and — as Viticci writes near the end of this — pushes the limits of what Shortcuts will allow. It’s basically a non-interactive app and it is extraordinarily sophisticated. If you’re an Apple Music user, you should give it a shot.

Viticci’s Shortcut reveals a few things that need to be refined in Shortcuts and Apple Music. He details memory and functionality limits in both, but one thing I’ve noticed in my copy of Shortcuts is that the library tab quickly becomes overwhelming on the iPhone because of its fixed two-column grid. I would love to see a better way to organize my library. Also, administration headaches aside, I wish users could submit Shortcuts for the gallery.