Make Collaborative Playlist on Apple Music and Share with Friends

By James Blair Updated on 2021-07-14 / Update for Apple Music Tips

It's a necessary skill to create a collaborative playlist for enjoying exclusive music playlist and sharing your music taste to friends and family easily. Good news is that almost all streaming music services offer a straightforward route to make collaborative playlists and share them directly, such as Apple Music, Spotify, etc.

As a matter of fact, a few days ago, we have introduced a detailed tutorial on how to make and share Spotify collaborative playlist. So today, we will focus on how to create and share a collaborative playlist on Apple Music with its over 50 million songs.

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Part 1. How to Create Apple Music Collaborative Playlist

With over 50 million ad-free songs, Apple Music allows users to discover exclusive digital media content, download and stream favorite music and playlists, and play them offline. It is available in iTunes on computer, and for iOS and Android devices, such as iPhone, Samsung, etc. To make your collaborative playlists, you need to make a new playlist and then add wanted tracks to this playlist. Just refer to the corresponding steps according to your different devices.

How to Make a Playlist on Apple Music

On an iOS Device

1. Launch your Music app on your iOS device and login your Apple ID and password.

2. Navigate to the 'Library' section and hit on the 'New Playlist' from the top menu to create a playlist on Apple Music for iOS.

3. Now, you can customize the name of new playlist and detailed description and then click the 'Done' to confirm it.

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On a Computer

1. Open your iTunes app on your Mac or Windows Computer and authorize your Apple ID.

2. Click the 'File' from Apple's top menu bar on Mac or 'File' from iTunes's top-left corner on PC and then choose 'New' > 'Playlist' to generate a Apple Music playlist.

3. It will pop up a new window, in which you can add the playlist name and other information and then click 'Enter' to confirm it.

How to Add Songs to Collaborative Playlist

On a Mobile Device

Way 1: Just click the 'Library' tab to choose 'Playlist' and tap the 'Edit' button to select 'Add Music' option. Now you can start to add favorite songs to the new playlist you created before from your iTunes library.

Way 2. When you play Apple Music streams, there is a three-dot icon on the 'Now Playing' screen, please hit on it and choose 'Add to Playlist' > 'Playlist Name' to add them.

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On a Mac/Windows Computer

Way 1. You can directly drag the Apple Music song or album and drop it to the new playlist under the left-hand sidebar

Way 2. On the 'Now Playing' interface, please right click on the track and then it will show lots of options. Please choose 'Add to Playlist' > 'Playlist Name' that you can decide it.

Tips: If you have made a playlist already, you can skip the first step of creating a playlist on Apple Music and directly add Apple Music streams to your playlist by following second step.

Part 2. How to Share Apple Music Collaborative Playlist with Others

After you have created the collaborative playlist on Apple Music, you can listen to them on your Apple-authorized devices when you are taking a bus, doing housework. Besides, if you'd like to play collaborative playlist on portable devices, like iPod Shuffle, Nano, etc. the first thing you should do is to convert Apple Music to MP3 that can be recognized by MP3 players.

There is no doubt that it's also a happy thing to share a playlist with a good friend, family member and so on. So, how to do this? Just make sure that you have turn the 'Show on My Profile and in Search' on and follow below steps to do so on both smartphone and computer!

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Step 1. Just navigate to the generated collaborative playlist that you'd like to share and click the 3-dot icon to open a new window.

Step 2. There are four options you can choose, respectively 'Download', 'Delete from Library', 'Add to a Playlist..' as well as 'Share Playlist'. Just click the 'Share Playlist' button to choose sharing method.

Step 3. You can choose to share your Apple Music playlist to others by Message, Mail Slack, Twitter as well as Facebook, etc.

Part 3. How to Share and Keep Apple Music Collaborative Playlist Forever

The above way to share Apple Music playlist is available for people who also subscribe to Apple Music subscription. If they don't subscribe, they even don't have the opportunity to access to Apple Music's 50-million song library. That's because there is no free plan provided by Apple and Apple Music are protected by DRM technology. When your subscription expired, you also can't listen to your collaborative playlist, too.

As a consequence, here, we will introduce another way to share created Apple Music playlist to others who don't have Apple Music paid plan without limitation and keep a collaborative playlist on Apple Music forever even without subscription anymore. To figure out this issue, you just need AudFree Apple Music Converter to remove DRM from Apple Music. What's more, you can convert DRM Apple Music to common audio files, which won't disappear when your subscription is over. And then you can upload converted local Apple Music files to cloud drive and share them via links to your friends.

AudFree Apple Music Converter

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  • Completely bypass DRM from Apple Music collaborative playlist
  • Convert Apple Music M4P playlist to MP3, WAV, FLAC, M4A, etc
  • Keep all ID3 tags and metadata info as well as music quality
  • Keep Apple Music collaborative playlist forever and share with others

Step 1. You can drag and drop Apple Music collaborative playlist to the main interface of AudFree or click the first 'Add Files' button to select them from iTunes library directly after you launch AudFree Apple Music Converter.

Step 2. In this step, you can click the 'audio' icon to open setting window and then adjust output format as MP3, FLAC, WAV, AAC, etc. and personalize other audio parameters, like bit rate, sample rate, audio codec, channel, etc.

Step 3. Just simply hit on the 'Convert' button at the bottom-right corner and then added Apple Music collaborative playlists will be converted to unprotected files and saved on your local computer.

Step 4. Click the 'file' icon to navigate to the destination folder to locate DRM-free Apple Music playlists and then you can send collaborative playlist to the one you'd like to share.

James Blair

James Blair

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James Blair is an experienced writer and music lover. Reviews and tips on using popular music, like Apple Music, can be found in his articles.

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