Can I see how many times I’ve listened to a song on Apple Music?

Apple Music is Apple’s streaming music service that allows users to listen to over 100 million songs on demand. Launched in 2015, Apple Music comes preinstalled on Apple devices and is also available on Android, through the web, and on other platforms. One of the key features of Apple Music is the ability to see play counts – how many times you’ve listened to a particular song in your library.

Play counts can be useful for discovering your most played songs and tracking your listening habits over time. However, play counts aren’t always accurate and can vary across different devices. In this article, we’ll cover how to view your play counts in Apple Music on iPhone, Mac, Apple TV, and Android. We’ll also discuss what affects the accuracy of play counts, how to reset them, the limitations of using play counts, and more.

Viewing Play Counts on iOS

You can view the play count for songs in Apple Music directly on your iPhone or iPad. Here’s how:

First, open the Apple Music app on your iPhone or iPad. Then, navigate to the song you want to check the play count for. Tap the 3 dots in the upper right corner of the screen and select ‘View Apple ID Account’ from the menu.

This will open your Apple ID account page. Scroll down until you see the ‘Play Count’ section. This will show you the number of times you’ve played that particular song through your Apple Music account.

To enable play counts in Apple Music on iOS, you need to turn on listening history. You can do this by going to Settings > Music and toggling on ‘Use Listening History’. Once enabled, your play counts will be tracked and viewable for each song (Source:

Viewing Play Counts on Mac

You can easily view the play count for songs in your Apple Music library using the Music app on your Mac computer:

1. Open the Music app on your Mac.

2. Right click on the song you want to check the play count for.

3. Select ‘Song Info’ from the menu.

4. Look for the ‘Play Count’ field which shows the number of times you’ve played that song.

This provides an easy way to see your listening stats for any song in your library using the Music app on a Mac computer. The play counts are tracked automatically as you listen to songs, so you can always view the updated totals.[1]

Viewing Play Counts on Apple TV

You can view the play count for songs in your Apple Music library on your Apple TV. Here’s how:

  1. Open the Music app on your Apple TV.
  2. Navigate to the song you want to check the play count for.
  3. Press and hold the touch surface on your Siri remote on the song to bring up more options.
  4. Select ‘Show More Info’.
  5. Look for ‘Play Count’ to see how many times you’ve played that song.

The play counts from Apple TV may take some time to sync across devices and services. So you may not see the updated play count immediately after listening to songs on your Apple TV [1].

Viewing Play Counts on Android

Android users can easily view the play count for songs in the Apple Music app. Follow these steps:

  1. Open the Apple Music app
  2. Tap on the 3 dots next to the song
  3. Select ‘View Apple ID Account’
  4. Scroll down to ‘Play Count’

This will show the number of times you’ve listened to that particular song. The play counts sync across devices, so you’ll see the total play count from your iPhone, iPad, Mac, etc. Play counts sync from Apple Music Android – Reddit

One thing to note is that the play count may not update immediately after listening to a song. It can take up to 24 hours for recent plays to register in the play count. But overall it provides a useful way to see your listening stats on Android.

Resetting Play Counts

Play counts in Apple Music cannot be manually reset by users. There is no option within the Apple Music app or software to clear or reset your play counts for songs. This is an intentional design choice by Apple.

Unlike in the iTunes desktop application, where users could select songs and reset play counts, this is not possible within Apple Music. Some users have requested the ability to reset play counts, but this feature has not been added.

Part of the reason play counts cannot be reset is because of how Apple Music uses them behind the scenes. Services like Apple Music’s personalized playlists such as Discover Weekly rely on play counts to understand listener preferences and recommend new music. Resetting play counts could break or distort these recommendation algorithms if done in large amounts.

Overall, while users cannot reset play counts themselves, they also do not need to worry about inaccuracies or old songs cluttering their Apple Music Replay and other personalized playlists. Apple’s systems are designed to continuously update and evolve music recommendations based on recent listening patterns.

Factors Affecting Play Count Accuracy

There are several factors that can affect the accuracy of play counts in Apple Music:

Streaming vs Downloaded Plays: Songs that are streamed tend to have less accurate play count tracking compared to songs that are downloaded for offline playback. This is because the play data needs to be synced from the cloud for streaming, which can cause delays or inconsistencies in reporting.

Multiple Devices: Using the same Apple Music account across multiple devices can also lead to inaccurate play counts. The play data needs to sync across devices, which doesn’t always happen seamlessly.

Songs Played through Other Apps: If you play Apple Music songs through a different app like Spotify, those plays won’t count towards your Apple Music play count. The play counting only works within the Apple Music app.

According to discussions on Reddit (Source), Apple Music can take 24-48 hours to sync play count data across devices and the cloud. So recent plays may not register immediately in the play count.

Using Play Counts

Apple Music users can utilize play counts to discover listening patterns and habits. The play count tracker allows you to identify your favorite or most played songs over various periods of time. You can also see how your musical tastes change over weeks, months, or years.

For example, analyzing your play counts for a certain year could reveal your most streamed song or artist for that time period. Comparing play counts across multiple years can showcase how your preferences shifted as new artists emerged. The play counts act as a snapshot of your listening behavior and musical interest over time.

Beyond retrospectively examining your top tracks, play counts may also influence future listening decisions. Songs or albums with high play counts may signify your preferred music. Seeing these counts could lead you to play those favorites more often or remind you of artists you want to continue following. In this way, play counts provide data to actively shape ongoing listening patterns.


While play counts in Apple Music provide helpful insight into listening habits, there are some limitations to be aware of:

Play counts are not visible on the iTunes desktop app or the Apple Music web player – you can only see them in the iOS, Mac, Apple TV, and Android apps. So if you access your library from multiple places, your play data will be fragmented.

There are no play count totals for playlists or albums – only individual tracks. So you don’t get a bird’s eye view of your most listened to playlists.

If you cancel your Apple Music subscription and later rejoin, your existing play counts will be paused. They don’t continue accumulating where they left off. So gaps in your subscription can skew the data.

Overall, Apple Music play counts give helpful but limited insights. For a fuller picture of your listening habits, you may need to supplement with third-party analytics apps.


To recap, there are a few different ways you can view your Apple Music play counts depending on what device you use. On iOS devices, you can find play counts by going to the Songs section of your Library and tapping the ellipses next to any song. On Mac, go to Music > Songs and you’ll see the play count next to each song. For Apple TV, go to Music > Library > Songs. Android users can view play counts through the iOS app as well. Keep in mind that play counts reset if you delete and re-add a song.

Play counts give you an idea of your listening habits and which songs, albums, and artists you engage with the most on Apple Music. However, they may not always be 100% accurate due to factors like offline listening and songs not properly registering a play. Play counts are useful for getting a general sense of your preferences, but should be considered as estimations rather than definite values.

In the end, Apple Music play counts offer listeners a way to quantify their engagement with songs in their library. While not perfect, they provide an interesting insight into your listening behavior over time. Just be aware of their limitations, and view play counts more as entertaining statistics rather than completely definitive data.