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Apple releases first iOS 8.4 beta, details revamped music app

by Brandon Russell | April 13, 2015April 13, 2015 3:29 pm PDT

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Apple on Monday released the first beta for iOS 8.4, and it includes our first big glimpse of Apple’s revamped music app. There have been varying rumors throughout the year about Apple working on a new experience to accommodate its purchase of Beats, though this update doesn’t really indicate one way or the other if a new streaming service is indeed inbound. For what it’s worth, today’s beta includes a more “streamlined iTunes Radio.”

In Apple’s release notes, Apple describes the new music app as something that’s powerful and more elegant than ever before. What’s in the beta is merely a preview, but Apple felt it was high-time to show off its new play thing.

Some screenshots are already filtering through, and they show off a new app that’s easier on the eyes, while retaining many of Apple’s big design cues (transparency, white spaces, minimalistic, etc.).

“Enjoy stunning pictures of your favorite artists in the Artists view,” Apple says. “Start playing an album right from the album list. The music you love is never more than a tap away.”

Additionally, Apple has made changes to its recently added, global search and MiniPlayer. You can see all of the major changes Apple is making to its new music app in the release notes below.

The iOS 8.4 Beta includes an early preview of the the all-new Music app. With powerful features and an elegant new look, enjoying your music is easier than ever. This preview provides a sneak peek into what we’ve been working on, and what’s to come — the music is just getting started.

All-New Design. Music app has a beautiful new design that makes exploring your music collection easier and more fun. Personalize playlists by adding your own image and description. Enjoy stunning pictures of your favorite artists in the Artists view. Start playing an album right from the album list. The music you love is never more than a tap away.

Recently Added. Albums and playlists you’ve recently added are now at the top of your library, making it effortless to find something new to play. Simply tap play on the artwork to listen.

Streamlined iTunes Radio. Discovering music with iTunes Radio is easier than ever. You can now quickly return to your favorite stations in Recently Played. Choose from a selection of hand-curated stations in Featured Stations, or start a new one from your favorite artist or song.

New MiniPlayer. With the new MiniPlayer, you can see what’s playing and control playback while browsing your music collection. To open Now Playing, just tap on the MiniPlayer.

Improved Now Playing. Now Playing has a stunning new design that showcases your album artwork the way it was meant to be. In addition, you can begin wirelessly streaming your music using AirPlay without leaving Now Playing.

Up Next. It’s now simple to find out which songs from your library will play next — just tap the Up Next icon in Now Playing. You can even reorder, add, or skip songs whenever you like.

Global Search. You can now search from anywhere in the Music app — just tap the magnifying glass. Search results are conveniently organized to help you quickly find that perfect song. You can even start an iTunes Radio station right from Search.

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Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...

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