Apple Music: Crossfade songs and let them merge into one another

After upgrading to iOS 17 When you start the Apple Music app, you will see what new features there are for music playback. In addition to SharePlay for creating playlists together in the car, there is also a new function that allows crossfading between titles. Thanks to this, you can let individual songs merge into one another - with gradually adjustable crossfades from 1 second to 12 seconds. In this guide I'll tell you where to set this and which form of playback it doesn't work with.

One of the new functions of the Apple Music app on the iPhone: crossfade tracks so that songs flow into one another and there is no pause between them.
One of the new functions of the Apple Music app on the iPhone: crossfade tracks so that songs flow into one another and there is no pause between them.

Activate Apple Music title crossfade on the iPhone: Here's how!

You cannot set the transition from one song to another or the length of this mix directly in the Music app. Here the route once again leads via the iOS Settings app. A wide variety of options from different apps are waiting for you there, including those from Apple's music app. To activate the title crossfade on the iPhone, do this:

  1. Opens the Settings on the Apple iPhone
  2. Choose the point in it Music from
  3. Activate under “Audio”. Fade-Counter
  4. Use the slider activated to choose between 1 s and 12 s crossfade
  5. Try out the new function and adjust the time depending on your taste
From iOS 17 onwards you will find the option to (de)activate the crossfade function under Settings -> Music. Also pay attention to the note that the feature cannot be used for AirPlay.
From iOS 17 onwards you will find the option to (de)activate the crossfade function under Settings -> Music. Also pay attention to the note that the feature cannot be used for AirPlay.

Crossfade tracks works in playlists, but not in albums

When trying out the new function, I noticed that it only works in playlists and with automatic music playback (in which the app determines the next tracks using an algorithm). If you play an album, the individual songs don't flow into each other. To be honest, I think that's a good thing, because bands and artists think about something when putting together their albums.

In some music albums, the songs flow into one another or a beat is carried from one song into the next. There are also concept albums or concert recordings in which the sequence and transition of the individual tracks represent a specific chronology. The crossfade would of course be disruptive.

But for songs in a playlist that are not from the same album, this potential disruptive factor does not exist. Personally, I think that the new function works quite well - especially with playlists with songs of the same genre (e.g. pop, rock or Eurodance). For a 90s pop playlist, 5 seconds of fade time came in handy. For other genres and playlists, other times might make more sense.

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