I like rating music as I'm listening to it so I can find my favorite stuff easily later. But I'm now an Apple Music subscriber and listening to a LOT of new music that the service has found for me. Unfortunately those streamed songs, don't appear to allow star ratings! They only allow a "heart" rating.

But here's the weird part. I discovered that you CAN see the star ratings if you right-click an Apple Music song and Get Info on it. BUT, you cannot actually edit the rating, it's disabled.

But here's the weirder part. If you select MULTIPLE files at once (at least two), then you CAN edit the star ratings!

So, is this a bug? An intended feature? Is there some other way to actually star-rate a single Apple Music streamed song?


I've had several people ask for help with Apple Music and this has helped them - hopefully it's what you're looking for.

Stars are tracked in your music library - so if you are playing songs from the cloud - it's a bug if you can input stars for tracks that are not part of your actual library.

One you add a song/album to your library - the stars should be there for you to rate things.

Hearts are tracked in the cloud - so you should always be able to use that control whether you are streaming a radio song that's not even in Apple Music for download, streaming Apple Music or playing a song that's in your library due to purchase, rip, or music addition.

  • Yep, this is exactly what I had surmised... which is why I was shocked to discover that I could actually star-rate items in the cloud, as long as I select more than one. Clearly the capability exists... wish Apple would just enable it as it's extremely useful! So then is there no way to star-rate a single song in the cloud?
    – JVC
    Feb 4 '16 at 15:38
  • @JonathanvanClute Not on any builds of iTunes I have access to. A screen shot of how precisely you managed the operation might help me suss out your specific operation.
    – bmike
    Feb 4 '16 at 15:52
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    A screenshot won't really show the steps, only the end result. But the steps are simple - 1. Go to the 'New' tab in iTunes and select something from Apple Music. 2. Select at least 2 songs 3. Right-click one of them and choose Get Info 4. Edit star ratings.
    – JVC
    Feb 4 '16 at 17:30
  • Aah - you aren't using the column browser but instead the dialog window to edit metadata. I didn't think of that +1
    – bmike
    Feb 4 '16 at 17:48
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    Either that - or you've set up your music library to crash when the code sees stars for tracks that don't exist locally :(
    – bmike
    Feb 4 '16 at 17:57

it seems once you've downloaded the song you can give it a star rating

  • Your answer was already covered previously in the comments on the other answer. The question was about how to star rate Apple Music songs, not local library songs.
    – JVC
    Jul 18 '17 at 23:16

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