Apple’s new Beats inspired music
service is expected to be unveiled in June. Until then, we’ve
shared leaks that point to an emphasis on curation and
exclusives. But now the beta of a new player and shifts in
Apple’s iOS operating system point directly to the changes
Apple has released the first iOS 8.4 beta to developers
and it includes a totally revamped Music app.
The new music app is divided into three
sections: Music, Playlists and Radio. A
revamped mini player adds UpNext and allows access to playback
while also allowing simultaneous search of the music library.
It’s impossible to know how much the Beats team
influenced the redesign, but you can see hints of their work in
easier to create playlists and the overall feel of the
Here are Apple’s developer release notes via 9TO5MAC:
– 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
– 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.
Here’s a video walkthrough from from