Overhauled Music app with lots of new features coming soon to iPhone

Apple is set to roll out an all-new Music app for iPhone pretty soon. The new software has shown up as part of a preview version of iOS 8.4, sent out to registered developers on Monday for testing.

According to its release notes, the revamped Music app features, for example, an overhauled interface designed to make it easier to explore your library of tracks. You’ll be able to personalize playlists by adding your own descriptions as well as images from your own library, and also see pictures of your favorite bands and singers in the Artists view.

Recently Added music will be moved to the top of your library for easier access, while design improvements have also been made to Now Playing, the Cupertino-based company said. You’ll also see an Up Next feature in Now Playing so you can see which tracks are on their way. This feature also lets you reorder, add, or skip songs at any time.

A new MiniPlayer is also being introduced, which lets you control playback and see what’s playing. You can also minimize the player, enabling you to carry on exploring your library.

The team behind the app is also including an always-showing search icon at the top right of the display so you can more easily track down your favorite artist or song instead of having to tap and swipe through endless lists.

A “streamlined” iTunes Radio is also on its way, which should help to improve music discoverability. “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,” Apple said in iOS 8.4’s notes.

The tech firm informs developers that the new Music app is a relatively early build, resulting in limited functionality, particularly with iTunes Radio.

The comprehensive update for Apple’s mobile Music app should be rolled out in the coming months, prior to the likely unveiling of iOS 9 at its annual WWDC bash, which is expected to take place in June.

Quite how its new Music app and iTunes Radio will fit with Apple’s expected roll out of a new Beats-based music streaming service isn’t clear, but all should be revealed in the next couple of months.

YouTube user Mike Kukielka has posted an overview of the Music app’s new features – check it out at the top of this post.

[Source: Engadget]

Mobile

New gold finish makes Frederique Constant’s hybrid smartwatch flashier than ever

Frederique Constant has found considerable success with its luxury hybrid smartwatch, the Hybrid Manufacture, and has launched several new color schemes to help bring it even more attention.
Music

The best new music this week: Jenny Lewis, American Football, and much more

Looking for the best new music? Each week, we find the most compelling new releases just for you. This week, we have new music from Jenny Lewis, Andrew Bird, American Football, Avey Tare, Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, and more.
Wearables

Fitbit Versa Lite tips and tricks to get started with your new smartwatch

Got your hands on a Fitbit Versa Lite? The smartwatch may be the pared down version of the more expensive Fitbit Versa, but there's still plenty for you to tweak in the settings. Here are our Fitbit Versa Lite tips and tricks.
Home Theater

Pandora now lets you mess with the secret sauce for its music playlists

Pandora introduced a new feature called Modes, allowing subscribers to pick between six different algorithms that determine what the popular music streaming service will decide to play.
Home Theater

SoundCloud hopes to add listeners with 50 percent discount for students

SoundCloud launched a student discount for it's top-tier SoundCloud Go+ membership, dropping the price to just $5 a month. It's a good deal for students, but will it be enough to keep the music platform from going under?
Computing

Don't spend hundreds on Pro Tools or Logic. Try one of these free alternatives

Believe it or not, Pro Tools isn't the only digital audio workstation worth your time. Check out our picks for the best free recording software, whether you're looking for a lightweight app or a full-blown audio workstation.
Home Theater

iPhone owners can finally hear the highest-quality streaming music on Tidal

If you're an iPhone owner who is after the highest possible audio quality from your streaming library, you now have the best option out there: Tidal's Masters Quality Audio (MQA) is now available on iOS.
Home Theater

Get loud with the best outdoor speakers to rock your party in any weather

From rugged, solar-powered backwoods listening companions to floating pool party jam boxes, the best outdoor speakers partner with your lifestyle to let you listen to your favorite tunes wherever you go.
Music

Apple Music offers a few subscription options. We break them down here

Competition for music streaming apps is quickly dwindling with giants like Apple Music and Spotify dominating most of the market? But how much does Apple Music cost and what does a subscription to the music-streaming platform entail?
Home Theater

If you’re a Spotify Premium subscriber, you now get Hulu for free

Spotify Premium subscribers have yet another reason to love the Swedish streaming service, with the company now offering ad-free Hulu accounts to all premium users at no additional cost.
Music

The best free music download sites that are totally legal

Finding music that is both free and legal to download can be difficult. We've handpicked a selection of the best free music download sites for you to legally download your next favorite album.
Music

Apple Music vs. Spotify: Which service is the streaming king?

Apple Music is giving Spotify a run for its money, but which service is best for you? In our Apple Music vs. Spotify showdown, we compare and contrast all we know about the two streaming music services.
Home Theater

Apple Music completes its Amazon migration, is now available on Fire TV

Amazon's popular Fire TV devices are now compatible with the most popular on-demand music streaming service in the United States, thanks to a new integration with Apple Music that has finally hit Fire TV devices.
Emerging Tech

This streaming music service pays artists in Bitcoin, plants trees if you listen

Feedbands is an environmentally friendly subscription streaming music service that pays its artists in Bitcoin, and plants trees in exchange for authenticated listens from customers.