Infuriating Apple Music ads keep popping up? Here’s how to stop them!

And pleasantly play downloaded music

Apple Music ads

Apple Music ads annoying you? Here’s how you can stop them from popping up in the music app.

Apple users that don’t have a subscription to Apple Music have been complaining that the Music app on iPhones and iPads intermittently show popup ads pushing them to join Apple’s Music subscription service.

That might only have been a minor inconvenience if the ads didn’t impede currently playing music.

But they outright pause a playlist’s flow forcing users to manually change music every time the ad appears.

How the music app works is that it’s a regular music player with the added ability to host Apple Music.

Not the other way around.

In fact, before the launch of Apple Music, people could only use the Music app to play songs that they bought from iTunes or downloaded and transferred to their iPhones from the internet.

You can still do that now, by the by.

Users facing abrupt Apple Music ads in the Music app

However, after receiving a comment from Alex on The 8-Bit regarding ads that hinder playback of downloaded music in the Music app, I looked out if anyone else had a similar problem.

I found a number of Apple support queries and a Reddit thread in the “r/AssholeDesign” community addressing this problem.

You know it’s serious if an Apple-related issue is posted in any community on Reddit other than one of Apple’s own.

Here’s a user explaining his problem in one of Apple’s support threads:

“This just started. On my brand new iPad Pro, when I choose a song within an iTunes playlist I get a pop up ad for Apple Music. I do NOT want Apple Music and I do NOT want to have this Ad preventing me from playing a song in the middle of a playlist. I am a fitness instructor and occasionally want to skip around in a playlist. This is very annoying and unacceptable. How can I disable this?”

Having said that, here is a really simple way you can stop Apple Music ads from popping up in the Music app on your iPhones and iPads.

How to stop Apple Music ads popping up in the Music app on iPhone and iPad

It’s easy.

  • Head over to Settings
  • Scroll down a bit and tap on the Music tab
  • Toggle Show Apple Music off

This should do it for you.

If Apple Music still pops up, you can try Logging out of your Apple ID and logging back in.

Apple Music currently has around 70 million subscribers which is much less than Spotify’s 125 million subscribers.

To cope up with the competition, Apple sometimes adopts aggressive measures such as pop-up ads in the Music app on iPhones and iPads.

But often, it costs users unprecedented trouble.

Moreover, Apple offers people a choice to opt-out of ads in iTunes, App Store, and the Apple News app. If only Apple Music had this option…

Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

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Malia Vanaman
Malia Vanaman
1 year ago

I have toggled Apple Music off in Settings, but the damn ad keeps popping up and I have to X out to keep my playlist going. I’ve also noticed that some albums/songs in my playlist won’t play, as if they aren’t downloaded or accessible. I own the CD’s and uploaded them to iTunes on my computer and synced my phone with my computer. But for some reason there are songs that I can play if I go to the album- but not if the song is in a playlist. Help!

Michele Tomasetti
Michele Tomasetti
7 months ago

Your instructions are not proving helpful. Ads still popping up!

14 days ago

What you propose doesn’t work.
Ads still pop ip.