Now that you’ve tried Apple Music thanks to Apple’s generous three-month free trial, you may have decided that the service just isn’t cut for you.

Though impossible to get rid of it completely, you can temporarily hide most of Apple Music’s aspects.

Our previous tutorial has taught you how to disconnect from Apple Music’s Connect feature and today’s how-to lays out the steps to hide Apple Music on your iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and Mac and go back to the old way of enjoying music.

How to hide Apple Music on your iOS device

Step 1: Open the Settings app on your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad.

Step 2: Navigate to the Music section.

Step 3: Flip the Show Apple Music switch to the OFF position.

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Don’t worry, disabling Apple Music won’t remove songs you’ve downloaded for offline listening so long as iCloud Music Library is enabled.

How to hide Apple Music on desktop iTunes

Step 1: Open iTunes on your Mac or Windows PC.

Step 2: Choose Preferences in the iTunes menu on your Mac, or choose Edit > Preferences on a PC.

Step 3: Click the General tab and untick the box labeled “Show Apple Music”.

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Keep in mind that hiding Apple Music on your desktop will automatically disable iCloud Music Library, which will remove all Apple Music songs from your computer, including those downloaded for offline listening.

What happens after hiding Apple Music?

As hinted above, removing Apple Music changes your music listening experience and brings back the old way of navigating your music library in the Music app. Here’s precisely what happens after you disable Apple Music on your iPhone, iPod touch, iPad or Mac.

1. Apple Music disappears from search

With Apple Music enabled, the two buttons right below the Music app’s search field let you narrow the search scope to Apple Music and Your Library. Hiding Apple Music will also remove the Apple Music button from search and replace it with Radio.

Tip: In order to search across radio stations when Apple Music is enabled, simply run your search query across Apple Music. Then in your search results, scroll down until you see matches in the Stations subsection.

It’s not very intuitive but gets the job done.

2. For You, and Browse tabs get removed

Some folks will want to turn off Apple Music just to get their old tabs back. With Apple Music enabled, the Music app replaces some of the old tabs with the four new buttons: Library, For You, Browse, Radio, and Search.

To get rid of the For You, and Browse tabs, simply hide Apple Music. If you want to get rid of the Connect tab alone, consult this tutorial.

3. Offline songs remain in your iOS music library

When you hide Apple Music, songs you previously downloaded for offline listening will remain in the music library on your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad. Should you also disable iCloud Music Library, offline tracks and Apple Music songs will get removed from the device, freeing up storage space.

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What is iCloud Music Library?

iCloud Music Library can be switched on and off separately from Apple Music.

iCloud Music Library is similar to iCloud Photo Library: it stores your music and playlists in iCloud so you can access them from any device. Upon enabling the feature, your Mac will compare each song in your music library to iTunes’ vast catalog of thirty million songs, and counting.

Matched songs become immediately available to stream on all your devices with iCloud Music Library enabled. Non-matched songs get uploaded to iCloud first, after which you can stream them to any device.

How to disable iCloud Music Library on iOS

Step 1: Open the Settings app on your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad.

Step 2: Navigate to the Music section.

Step 3: Flip the iCloud Music Library switch to the OFF position.

How to disable iCloud Music Library on OS X

Step 1: Open iTunes on your Mac or Windows PC.

Step 2: Choose Preferences in the iTunes menu on your Mac, or choose Edit > Preferences on a PC.

Step 3: Click the General tab and untick the box labeled “iCloud Music Library”.

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  • Hey iDB, it’s my birthday 😀

  • Blip dude

    Thanks for letting me know about disabling iCloud music library. Don’t need Apple getting their hands on my music.

  • Marcus

    I wish I could disable iCloud Music Library without disabling Apple Music. It’s easier just to transfer the iTunes Library on my Mac to my iPhone without downloading anything.

  • Jake Platt

    Disabled Apple Music last week after numerous issues arose when I tried to simply sync a new album onto my phone from iTunes. It was all just a mess with iCloud interfering with the process so disabled it and have had no issues since.

    • Why sync when it’ll automatically become available?

  • Paul Edmund

    No way Jose. I switched from Spotify. Love me some Apple Music.

    • Pedecia

      I guess you are not using a very good set of headphones. The difference in quality of Spotify streaming compared to Apple is just an abyss. Why would you pay the same for an inferior product if not for the reason u cannot discern the differences in quality between the the two services? Anyway whatever makes u happy is good.

      • Paul Edmund

        What makes the sound quality different?

      • Manor

        Lower bitrate compared to Spotify

      • Paul Edmund

        How much lower?

        I have my phone fooled to think it’s on wifi all the time. So I’m getting the best bitrate available.

        When I was on Spotify I had it on 192 most of the time.

        I don’t listen to music on headphones. I use the the dock connector for a line out signal to my home stereo or home stereo.

        I prefer Apple musics navigation and sound quality. I felt the midrange was a little muddy in my opinion.

        So far it’s working out for me.

      • Manor

        Apple music-256kbps
        Some people will be able to notice the difference especially when listening from a device that is not a phone or a tablet.

      • Pedecia

        Big difference on highs and the voice of singers are all warmer and more clear and crisp. Also instruments high pitches are very real on spotify while in apple music are more muffled. Listening to Unaccompanied Cello Suite No1 its a completely different experience between the two serveces. I have been listening to a lot of different styles of music and they all sound more widely staged and just overall better on spotify and I got both services at the moment and definitely there is a big difference on sound quality. I have a set of headphone Audiotecnica ATH-MSR7 coupled with a Sony Z3 Xperia with Viper4android installed (a fantastic music effect software) and a FiiO E12 amplifier. I just love the way spotify compress their music in 320k but at the same quality as flac. I don’t know how they could obtain that but I can tell I see not difference with their quality of the music and my huge flac collection. Apple is still good if you listen only to it but after you listen to spotify with decent equipment you will hardly go back to apple service. I am keeping both because some artist is present in one and not the other so for now I still haven’t canceled apple music.

      • Blip dude

        Oh please, yes there may be some difference in quality, but really not by much (yes, Got good hearing as well). Besides, some people believe it or not, don’t care about quality (shocker right). I am currently subscribed to Spotify, and honestly, all its bee

  • Cole Mahoney

    Anyone know if I could upgrade my iPhone 6 early to a 6s when it comes out? I’m with sprint two year contract.

    • Why not ask Sprint?

    • Blip dude

      You’re better off asking Sprint that question, ehh??

    • Eric

      Have you thought about asking Sprint?

  • DtownBlogger

    I’m actually really liking apple music.

    • Ethan Monteon

      Is your trial over yet?

      • No one’s trial is over yet.

      • Ethan Monteon

        Mine is

      • It hasn’t even been out for three months. You have problems.

      • Ethan Monteon

        I’m joking. I wouldn’t even waste my time with this. I have Spotify.

      • If you have an iPhone I feels there’s no comparison. Apple music is integrated much better and has more exclusives.

      • Ethan Monteon

        I have an iPhone 6 on iOS. I’m jailbroken and my music app has been dry and hidden for awhile. I love Spotify and I’m gonna stay on it. If I wanted an “exclusive” song I’d download it through a file sharing site or via torrent. And for the meantime or quite possibly forever Apple music lacks in something I think is very important: mullti cross platforming.

      • Ethan Monteon

        Even then it’s just a music app. I think I’d prefer selection and multi cross platforming over integration. They even kept the design is similar to there failed iTunes Radio. Boring…

      • Spotify has multi cross platforming? What exactly is that?

      • Ethan Monteon

        It works on a different number of operating systems like Android, Windows, Linux, etc…

      • Apple is doing that as well. You must missed the reports.

      • Ethan Monteon

        I really doubt they will do anything beyond the mobile category.

      • Their goal is 100 million subscribers. They’re going to do what they can to obtain that.

      • Ethan Monteon

        100 million subscribers huh? Well in sure that will be an easy feet for Apple since the music app is impossible to remove. Eventually they’ll lure in more suckers from they’re own inventory before and if they move onto the masses of Android, Windows, Linux, etc….

  • Mr.Adam

    How come my phone has a toggle that says “genius” where the iCloud music library toggle should be?

  • Nick

    I was on the fence with Spotify & Apple Music but the bugs Apple Music has shown me leads me to stick with Spotify for the mean time. 3 month free trial did save me money on streaming services, pun intended! Thanks for the article, was good use for my needs.

  • M_Hawke

    Nice tutorial. Excellent job, Christian.

  • Dennis Ho

    I hope someone can help me because I can’t determine if I discovered how to use Apple Music for free or if I’m being charged.

    Open Apple Music, Click on the Heart Icon (For you), Ignore the option for “Start 3-month trial or No Thanks”, click on Search icon in the upper right corner, enter your search term, choose “…” for the the desired search result and add to queue.

    I have already checked under “My subscriptions” and none are listed.

    I’m already super confused with Apple Music and I just want to know if this is a feature or a bug.

  • Kidologist

    This flat out does NOT work. Bad instructions. I don’t want every song I ever bought showing up under “Songs” on my iPhone – its annoying! And I have Show Apple Music” turned off. Really hope someone somewhere has the correct answer. Thanks for trying.