If you’re not using Apple Music or listening to the subscription service, with no plans to pay for it after the free trial period, you can choose to hide Apple Music from iTunes on a Mac and from the Music app on an iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Hiding Apple Music is perhaps most useful on the iOS side, where doing so will return the Music app tabs to what existed prior to the release of Apple Music, making it a bit easier for some users to browse existing song libraries.
Obviously by hiding Apple Music you won’t have access to the streaming service at all, so if you are paying for the subscription plan or plan on subscribing after the trial period is over, doing this would not be recommended.
Disabling Apple Music on iPhone, iPad, IPod Touch
- Open the Settings app in iOS and go to “Music”
- Unde the ‘Apple Music’ section, flip the switch for “Show Apple Music” to OFF
- Exit out of Settings and return to Music app to see the change
With Apple Music disabled in iOS, the “New”, “For You”, “Connect”, and “My Music” tabs will be gone in favor of the prior tabs in Music app, including the simple Playlist tab.
Hiding Apple Music in iTunes on Desktop
- Open iTunes if you haven’t done so already, and go to the ‘iTunes’ menu to choose “Preferences”
- Under the “General” tab, look directly under the library name and uncheck the box for “Show Apple Music”
- Exit out of Preferences in iTunes to see the change take effect immediately throughout iTunes
Disabling Apple Music in iTunes basically makes iTunes behave much like it did before the release of the subscription service.
Do note that if you hide Apple Music in iTunes or iOS you can continue to listen to the Beats1 Radio channel by using the iTunes Radio feature to do so.
Heads up to iDownloadblog for pointing this out.