Overhauled Apple Music to integrate lyrics, offer a new Browse section and more

By , May 4, 2016

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9to5Mac’s Mark Gurman has added some color to Bloomberg’s report this morning which described an upcoming overhaul of Apple Music in broad strokes. According to Gurman’s sources, the new-look Apple Music section within the stock Music app will be part of the overall iOS 10 refresh and include, among other things, lyrics integration.

The end-to-end overhaul includes ditching the colorful look in favor of a simpler, black and white design which emphasizes text. For example, the appearance of the albums view will no longer change based on the color of a particular album’s art.

Also, album artwork will become “huge,” said sources who have seen the updated Apple Music service. More important than that, the redesigned service will incorporate additional 3D Touch shortcut previews on the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus.

It will “better promote the ability to share songs” and make better use of Apple’s in-house San Francisco font. The Connect tab and the Beats 1 Radio service are going to remain mostly unchanged, however.

“A source said that the greater emphasis on album artwork makes the new service look ‘bolder, yet simpler’”, reads the report. The For You tab should be “simplified” and “better promoted” while the New tab will get replaced with a new Browse section.

“The Apple Music updates will also expand to the Mac via a minor iTunes update (a larger revamp of iTunes on the Mac is expected by next year) and via a new Apple TV app for models running tvOS,” said Gurman.

The Cupertino firm is expected to show off these Apple Music improvements at its Worldwide Developers Conference next month. The new-look service will launch for public consumption alongside iOS 10 this fall. Both public and developer betas will be available this summer.

Source: 9to5Mac

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  • Troy

    I thought the new iTunes update for Mac was coming this year

    • Anonymous

      Perhaps it will! I do agree with you, an desktop itunes refreash is needed more than the music app refreash.

  • More huge album cover?

    • Ángel Javier Esquivel

      Imagine an interactive album cover

      • nouseforaname

        would be amazing. back to the days of the grid when you turned your phone to landscape mode! for music lovers, that’d be awesome.

  • Jason B

    About time they catch up, I’ve been disappointed in the updating of Apple Music. Considering they update iOS like every 2 months now…

    It is also frustrating to follow artists in AM, and get nothing out of it. On Spotify, you get an e-mail that a new album has dropped…

    I’ve also found inconsistent operations when trying to add music to playlists. Sometimes I try and add an entire album to a playlist, and later I check or play the playlist, only to find one song made it over. I’d also like to see a way to arrange playlists, if there is on an iOS device, I sure haven’t figured out how to do it.

  • Anyone else having issues with Apple Music on Apple TV? It doesn’t have all m music on there, this includes Apple Music music as well. It also doesn’t play well when I AirPlay my music from my phones.

  • Jamessmooth

    When Apple Music came out I was really excited about it. I just ended my subscription over the weekend. As much as I wanted to use it, I just kept going back to Spotify. Maybe because I was more familiar with it.

  • Micke på taket

    Apple music is a joke IF u compare to Spotify

    • Ángel Javier Esquivel

      But I wont. So it’s fine for me.

  • nouseforaname

    “… the appearance of the albums view will no longer change based on the color of a particular album’s art.” / suucks, i love finding out what color an album’s song layout is gonna be. it’s the little things.

  • Chris Lo

    How about when I want to see what offline Playlists I have downloaded it shows me only those and not still every single playlist I have ever created. Same deal for albums. In Playlists there is no Alphabet shortcut to quick jump to the T section for example. Why does Apple Music show every album from the songs I have saved from an Apple Music playlist too? I don’t actually have those albums, just that one single song. What I love about Spotify is being able to tap that ‘filter’ Downloads button and ONLY seeing the music and Playlists I have actually downloaded to my device. What does Apple Music still not have this?