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iOS 8.4 Beta Now Available, Features All-New Redesigned Music App

It was not too long ago when Apple rolled out a big firmware release in the form of iOS 8.3 that includes a big list of performance enhancements, bug fixes and even new features. But it seems that Apple is not about to take it easy as the company just released the first beta for its upcoming major firmware update, iOS 8.4. How do we know that it’s another major firmware update similar to iOS 8.3? For starters, reports suggest that the Music app will get a makeover.

iOS 8.4 Beta New Music App
The new iOS 8.4 beta can now be downloaded from the iOS Developer Portal. Just to be clear, iOS 8.4 is only available to registered iOS developers. There were times when Apple released a firmware beta to the public but it seems that this is not the case this time. iOS 8.4 is compatible with the following devices:

  • iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5, iPhone 5c
  • iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, iPad 2, iPad (3rd-gen), iPad (4th-gen), iPad Air, iPad mini, iPad mini with Retina display
  • iPod touch 5G

According to release notes, iOS 8.4 will feature an early preview of the “all-new” Music app which gives credence to the ongoing rumors that Apple will launch its own music streaming service. Here’s the complete change log for iOS 8.4:

The iOS 8.4 Beta includes an early preview of 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.

iOS 8.4 New Music App
According to the rumor mill, Apple will reveal the new music streaming service at the Worldwide Developers Conference this upcoming June. This certainly falls in line with the preview of the new Music app but this could just mean that Apple acknowledges that there are existing problems with the app. Here’s video of the new Music app in action courtesy of MacRumors:

What do you think of the revamped Music app? [via 9to5Mac]

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