16 April 2015

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Download iOS 8.4 now! This beta is for musicophiles, i guess!

Apple released iOS 8.4 beta 1 [I just assumed it's beta one because I believe there are more succeeding beta builds that will follow] for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. The new beta brings in enhancements and other bug fixes but the most noticeable interface iteration present in iOS 8.4 is the revamped music app. 

Registered developers can now download the ipsw file via Apple Developer Center website.

Here are the release notes published by Apple about the new Music app in iOS 8.4:
– 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.

This beta build is apparently all about the Music app. Although there are some added features like the migration of audiobooks to the iBooks app, it is still all about sounds. Expect Beats music streaming services too! Beats music services for iOS is expected to  be announced in WWDC 2015 for this coming June!

Image Source: 9to5mac.com