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Apple’s Music app gets complete makeover in iOS 8.4

Apple doesn’t wait around. With iOS 8.3 still hot off the press, the first iOS 8.4 beta has just been released to developers and it features an all-new redesigned Music app.

Apple says the complete overhaul of the stock music-playing app has “powerful features and an elegant new look”. The focus seems to be on streamlining the user experience so more can be done in less time.


The revamped Now Playing and My Music screens

Apple has released some pretty wordy developer notes which we’ve distilled into a more easily digestible format. Here’s the key new features:

All-New Design
Apple promises a “beautiful new design” complete with personalized playlists and a streamlined album view.

Recently Added
Play your newest tunes in one tap as all recently added music now sits at the top of the library.

Streamlined iTunes Radio
Discover new music with Featured Stations or a custom station based on your favorite artist.

New MiniPlayer
Finally! The MiniPlayer will allow playback control while browsing the rest of the library.

Improved Now Playing
A new design that puts album artwork to the fore and allows AirPlay streaming from the same view.

Up Next
Play queues should be easier to handle as this feature gives a quick, editable preview of the next few songs.

Global Search
Tap the magnifying glass to search from any screen of the Music app.

Although no single feature takes the spotlight, this series of many smart improvements and design changes will be welcomed – many would say the Music app was overdue for a significant update.

iOS 8.4 will be available for public release within the next few months, although no official release date has been announced.

The update comes amid rumors that a revamp of the recently-purchased Beats Music streaming service could debut at this year’s WWDC in June.

With thanks to @abdophoto for the screenshots.

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