Following the addition of 116 global “Daily Top 100” charts that display the most-streamed songs on Apple Music, the service has now introduced another long-requested update: separating an artist’s main albums from various singles and EPs (via Reddit).
Previously, when you navigated to an artist’s profile on Apple Music, you would find a scrollable list of their entire body of work, combining albums, singles, and EPs all in one place. Now, Apple Music has separated these into multiple sections.
First, there is a new “Essential Album” list that showcases the artist’s most influential albums (some artists don’t have this), and below that is “Albums,” where every studio album can be found by that artist. Below that are areas for music videos and artist playlists, and then you’ll find “Singles & EPs,” “Live Albums,” “Compilations,” and “Appears On.”
As with the “Essential Album” area, the appearance of these sections depends on the artist, so while some have an “Appears On” section, some will not. To check out the new artist profiles, navigate to Apple Music on iOS or macOS, and search for an artist in the search tab.
Although Apple Music will not have a major update as part of iOS 12, Apple has been rolling out a few small quality-of-life updates for the streaming music service over the summer. In the weeks after WWDC, Apple updated Apple Music with a “Coming Soon” section, specific album launch dates, slightly tweaked artist profiles, rolled out Friends Mix to select users, and introduced full-length operas.