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iOS 8.4 beta hands-on: Trying out Apple’s redesigned Music app

by Brandon Russell | April 16, 2015April 16, 2015 5:00 pm PST

Apple just got done releasing iOS 8.3, but it’s already moving on to the next big update. The company this week introduced the first iOS 8.4 beta, which included the surprising addition of Apple’s new Music app. Apple says the app is cleaner and easier to use overall, so we decided to put those claims to the test. In the video above, Mark will walk you through everything that’s new about the new Music app.

There are a number of key elements to the revamped experience, but it mostly boils down to an all-new design, which the company says makes exploring “easier and more fun.”

“Personalize playlists by adding your own image and description,” Apple explains. “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.”

In addition to a new design, the new Music app also includes a MiniPlayer, a more streamlined iTunes Radio, global search and a recently added page, which now show up at the top of your library. You saw what it all looked like in the screenshots from the announcement post earlier this week, and you can also see them below for reference.

Because this is just a beta, the experience could change by the time the final version of iOS 8.4 is released. To get an idea of what to expect, check out the tour above, and read through the full release note 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.


Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell likes to rollerblade while listening to ACDC.

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