What does the star next to track #2 and #3 indicate in this screenshot?

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Looks like it indicates a song's popularity.

@rjonesy It's an indication of the song's popularity in the iTunes Store.



It means that either Apple has used this song, or, it means it is a popular track.

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    Welcome to Ask Different and thank you for your answer. A single sentence is rarely (if ever) acceptable as an answer. Can you expand on this to back up your answer? For example, is there a source you can link to and summarise in your answer (in case the link breaks)?
    – Monomeeth
    Mar 9, 2017 at 10:09

It's also the star rating that you've given a song/disc. While listening to a song, tap the artwork. From there you can give it 0-5 stars. The stars will show-up next to the song, like in your image.

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    I just tried this out and it doesn't seem to correlate. Maybe you can show a screenshot with more than one star next to a song in the album list view? Apr 13, 2016 at 20:01
  • It won't show more than 1 star next to it. Every song/album I've "star'd" has the star next to it. Maybe I just star popular songs?
    – fsb
    Apr 13, 2016 at 20:51
  • It would be awesome if you could make a short video of rating a song on your device and a star appearing. But I understand if you can't. Apr 13, 2016 at 21:15
  • My free Apple Music subscription expired so I can't access it anymore, sorry.
    – fsb
    Apr 13, 2016 at 21:57
  • i can confirm that this is not what the star means.
    – Inigo
    May 3, 2020 at 21:42

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