iOS 14.4 Introduces ‘Auto Playing Similar Music’ in Apple Music

Autoplaying similar music

This wasn’t included in iOS 14.4 release notes but I assume it was added in the most recent release because I’ve never seen it before. I was listening to music the other day and noticed a new infinity icon inside the music queue. It’s a feature called Autoplay.

Apple Music Autoplay

The feature can turn any of your songs or album into its own radio station. As the name suggests, if you have it enabled it will play music similar to what is currently playing. For example, I discovered it because I played an album where I had only saved one song. When it was over, suddenly an unfamiliar song started playing, so I opened up the music queue and boom, new feature.

It shows up in multiple places, whether you’re in an album or run into the end of a playlist. I think it’s a great way to discover new music. In typical Apple fashion this is a feature I didn’t know I wanted, but I appreciate it now that it’s there.

iOS 14.4 autoplaying similar music


Someone pointed out on Twitter that this feature has been around since iOS 14 itself, sharing release notes from Apple. It must not be turned on by default, because I have definitely played albums to their end without having something autoplay. I’m betting that if I didn’t know this, some others don’t either. There are plenty of hidden tricks to Apple’s operating systems.

3 thoughts on “iOS 14.4 Introduces ‘Auto Playing Similar Music’ in Apple Music

  • YAEG Yet another Easter Egg. To Infinity and Beyond, blending Shuffle and Genius by the look of it. It’s confounding as well as amusing that Apple spends time developing great user features but leaves them under layers and undocumented or promoted, leaving it to publication experts to uncover or discover said ‘gems’
    even a little roller info panel would help, but that’s probably too hand-holding PC’ish

  • I find this occurs on my devices every time I play music. This is particularly annoying if I ask my HomePod to play ONE song, after which it launches into an infinite “similar selections” list. So… does anyone know how to turn it off?

    1. I think you can go ahead and look for that icon in the bottom right on an iPhone or iPad, the one with 3 or four horizontal lines.Then look for the infinity icon near the top right and tap to deselect it.

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