It’s almost that time of the year when we take stock of the past months to see how far we’ve come along. These days, we have all these social networks and apps that help take a load off our brains and use the data they already collected on us to help us reminisce. For the first time since it launched, Apple Music is offering a new Replay service to let you reminisce or cringe about your music tastes in the past 11 months and beyond.
These days, many don’t even give a second thought to what they upload on social media, let alone the music they stream from the cloud. Of course, such pieces of data are collected by service providers in the interest of improving or personalizing the service. And, of course, they can also be used to let users remember even the things they hoped to forget.
Apple Music Replay helps subscribers take a walk down memory lane to gather the top songs they played in 2019 into a single playlist. For some, this could a pleasurable and nostalgic experience while others might feel embarrassed showing others what they listened to in the first quarter. Either way, it could reveal how much users have grown this year, both in music tastes as well as music collection.
Such a “replay” feature isn’t exactly novel and, unsurprisingly, Spotify has one for quite a while now. What makes Apple Music’s version different is that it isn’t a seasonal feature on limited to a single year. Replay can let you view your top tracks all the way back to when you first signed up for the service.
That does mean that the lists will grow as you add more music to your collection. And almost coming full circle, you can even add these Replay playlists to your collection so you can listen to them over and over again. Or even share them around if you’re brave enough.