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Apple on Monday seeded iOS 8.4 beta 2, which includes a redesigned Music app experience from the previous beta, to its registered iPhone, iPod touch and iPad developers.

The software carries a build number of 12H4086d and can be applied over-the-air through the Software Update mechanism available in Settings > General, for those who are running the first beta. A standalone installer is available through Apple’s portal for developers.

Release notes accompanying the download mention claim “this beta version of iOS contains bug fixes and improvements”. At least one new feature was spotted in this release: trending searches. Now when you’re searching for a song on iTunes Radio via the Music app in iOS 8.4 beta 2, it will automatically suggest a list of trending searches.

The official release notes accompanying the update mention a handful of bug fixes in iOS 8.4 beta 2, including adding search back to the App Store on iPads, fixing Music app crashes when CarPlay is active, resolving issues with ‘Made for iPhone’ GPS accessory support and more.

This beta of iOS 8.4 is also live for members of Apple’s public beta program. Along with the new beta of iOS 8.4, Apple today posted Xcode 6.4 beta 2, build 6E14, which bundles both the iOS 8.4 beta 2 SDK and OS X v10.10 SDK.

Moreover, a second beta of OS X 10.10.4 is available to developers. Finally, alongside the new OS X Yosemite 10.10.4 beta 2, Apple also launched the first public beta version of OS X 10.10.4.

Here’s a quick recap of the comprehensive Music app redesign which debuted in the first beta of iOS 8.4, that landed into the hands of registered iOS developers on April 13.

The new Music app is much nicer looking than the current stock Music app and contains a wealth of improvements and new features. From a design standpoint, playlist personalization is now possible through adding your own image and description.

Up Next from desktop iTunes is now part of the new Music experience in iOS 8.4. A quick tap on the Up Next icon in Now Playing produces a list of songs from your library that will play next, allowing you to reorder, add or skip songs to your liking.

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A new MiniPlayer lets you see what’s playing and control playback while browsing your music collection. Moreover, MiniPlayer acts as a shortcut to the revamped Now Playing screen.

In addition to the aforementioned perks, the new Music app brings out a number of usability improvements. For instance, simply tapping the play icon on the album artwork starts playing the album instantly.

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It’s now possible to start playing an album right from the album list as well. In iTunes Radio, you can quickly return to your favorite stations in Recently Played and can even start an iTunes Radio station right from the new global search feature.

Our own Jeff Benjamin has posted a thorough video walkthrough of the new Music experience in iOS 8.4 so watch it now, if you haven’t already.

We’ll be keeping a close eye on any possible changes and update the article as soon as we encounter them. If you spot an interesting enhancements, give us a heads-up down in the comments and we’ll update the post, if needed.

  • Jonathan

    Hm, not public beta build of this?

    • Josh


      • Chinch07

        Check again, I got it.

    • Chinch07

      No, I got the update. Check again.

    • Byron C Mayes

      Remember that the “Publc Beta” numbers are not the same as the “Beta” numbers. From 9to5Mac:

      “Apple has also released the iOS 8.4 Public Beta 1, which corresponds to this second developer seed, and Xcode 6.4 beta 2.”

      • Jonathan

        Ah, forgot. Thanks.

  • Jake Dai

    This is a small pack… Seemly no too much functional changes.

    • James G

      Probably bug fixes. Which are much needed after any Beta 1.

      • Jake Dai

        Yes, pretty much.

  • Shakur Ali

    We need a jailbreak

    • James G

      Think you’ll have to wait for iOS 8.4 now…that’ll be sometime this Summer most likely.

  • Linton Findlay

    Could someone add me to their dev account? 😛

    • Mr.Coolfreak

      i don’t think you need dev account for this

    • As someone said, don’t get fooled by people selling UDID registrations. Just download any beta for your model (Google it), and restore your device in iTunes while holding shift on Windows and command (not sure here) in OS X. Your device will be restored to downloaded beta and it will activate properly. I can confirm that it works as for 27.04.2015, but maybe Apple will do something with it in the future. Cheers 🙂

      • Ryan

        VERY BAD IDEA unless udid registered (eventually) apple will lock u out of ur device. happened to me so i now pay the 99$

      • Never heard of this before. And how Apple could lock you out of your device, huh? :> It’s even better for them that more people test their beta software. It may not activate, yes, but then you know that you need to use non-beta version, but when your beta is activated, Apple can’t do anything with it since you never need to re-activate your iOS version.

  • Preben Faarkrog Hansen

    really miss my jailbreak, said goodbye to it 2 month ago .-(

  • Preben Faarkrog Hansen

    Want my 7.1.2 jailbreak…. so smoooooth

  • Austin Dean

    Those interested in the iOS public beta profile contact me. I can give it out.

    • Shingo

      do u need my UDID?

      • Austin Dean


    • Omar Feliciano

      I’m interested

    • blobmasterer

      im interested, how exactly would you get us into it though?

  • iPodDroid

    Soo….. Can I download the beta and install it on my phone? Or do I need to register my UDID?

  • All my music library is gone from Music app on my iPhone 6 iOS 8.4 beta 2. I tried to sync with iTunes and nothing changes. Any fix please?

    • Steve Croce

      Yes, stay off Betas!

    • Abdiel

      Same thing happened to me. i went into settings then music and switched “show all music” to on and they all came back

      • thank you so much!! that’s the only fix

      • Mustang5Oh

        You’re a savior! lol 🙂

  • daniel rivera

    iOS 8.4 beta 1 is now available to download OTA
    I just checked in software update (I’m subscribed to public beta)

  • Mustang5Oh

    Music only works if you go to Settings – Music – Show All Music and if you go into airplane mode the music is gone. Kind of sucks but oh well that’s why it’s a beta.

    • Cameron Nelms

      Is your music in itunes match?

      • Mustang5Oh

        I have iTunes Match but don’t use it. Once you go to airplane mode the music app can’t see any music. I’ve downgraded back to iOS 8.3. I’ll just wait till 8.4 is out for real.

    • Omar Sharif

      oh look, a Juventini !

  • Didn’t think I’d like the new music app. It’s starting to grow on me. Just wish recently added wasn’t always at the top.

    • Rodney Coleman

      Same here