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Latest Apple Music feature might leave you searching for new friends

Apple Music is reportedly giving some users a weekly peek at what their pals are listening to with a new Friends Mix playlist.

Reddit users who’ve spotted the feature say the 25-song playlist updates every Monday and sits alongside other algorithmically-generated playlists like the Favourites Mix, New Music Mix and the Chill Mix.

The feature, which doesn’t appear to exclusive to the iOS 12 betas currently in existence, hasn’t rolled out to all users yet (via 9to5Mac). However, it looks like it’ll build upon the social features added to Apple Music with iOS 11. Last year the company added the ability to follow friends. Listening histories are automatically shared, while there’s also a ‘friends are listening to’ section within Apple Music.

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Adding a dedicated playlist for friends takes away the effort for Apple Music subscribers, who can now just wait until Monday for a dose of their friends’ top jams. The Friends Mix is also integrated with Siri, so Apple Music users can summon it with a voice command as they make their daily commute. Or, depending on their friends, ignore the playlist completely.

The Monday refresh suggests Apple is looking to bring music-lovers a new playlist on every day of the week. The Favourites Mix drops on Tuesdays, New Music arrives with that week’s releases on Fridays, while the Chill Mix encourages users to do just that on Sundays.

Spotify users have a Discover Weekly playlist on a Monday, while Release Radar drops on Fridays. In the meantime Premium subscribers get daily mixes based on a number of different genres, but no algothrimically-generated playlists based on friends’ listening habits.

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Apple is yet to comment on when the feature will roll out to all Apple Music subscribers, but it may officially arrive when iOS 12 debuts next month.

This only leaves Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays for Apple to fill with auto-generated playlists. Send your suggestions to @TrustedReviews on Twitter.

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