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New feature on Android version of Apple Music is not available for iOS

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Android version of Apple Music includes a widget that allows you to control the app from your home screen

Android version of Apple Music includes a widget that allows you to control the app from your home screen

Apple's goal with Apple Music is to surpass Spotify and become the leader in music streaming. For Apple to achieve this goal, it must provide the Apple Music service to more than just iOS users. As a result, Apple Music is available to Android users from an app that can be downloaded from the Google Play Store.

Apple updated the Android version of its Music app on Thursday, giving it a feature that you will not find on iOS. And yes, that does seem odd. The update allows Android users to control the Apple Music app through a widget on the home screen. Buttons allow the user to play a track, pause and skip a track. A heart button is present so that the listener can record his or her love for a particular song.

Having such a capable widget on the home screen is just available for Android users at present. Which means that for now, this is a feature of Apple Music that you won't find on an iPhone or iPad. We should point out that the update to the Android app also added the ability to redeem iTunes gift cards. It also gives users the capability to see what is playing on Beats 1 by using the Radio tab, and users can now add songs to a playlist without having to add them to their library. Lastly, those using the app now have the ability to discover the most popular cuts on an album.

The Android version of Apple Music is available by clicking on the sourcelink. There is a free three-month trial period. When that expires, the price is $9.99 per month for an individual, or $14.99 a month for a family with up to six members.

source: AppleMusic (Android) via BGR

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posted on 26 Mar 2016, 04:47

1. gaming64 (Posts: 234; Member since: 22 Mar 2016)


How is this even revolutionary in any way?

posted on 26 Mar 2016, 05:20 14

3. Ahovking (Posts: 679; Member since: 03 Feb 2015)


Where does it say revolutionary?

posted on 26 Mar 2016, 09:24 3

11. lyndon420 (Posts: 3839; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


It will be revolutionary when iOS users get their widget. Are there features in the iOS version that aren't available on Android?

posted on 26 Mar 2016, 09:53 1

12. Unordinary (Posts: 1162; Member since: 04 Nov 2015)


I have had widgets on my iPhone since 2008 (never liked them, except weather). I've had features on my iPhone, and still do, that Android doesn't have, since 2008, and which Android has added over the years. And no, it won't be revolutionary, it will be a nice added feature that people will enjoy. Half the stuff isn't revolutionary, especially some of the stuff that came out on Android years ago. Silly goose.

posted on 26 Mar 2016, 20:05 2

19. Ahovking (Posts: 679; Member since: 03 Feb 2015)


We have widget on IOS.. But no one uses them.. Even when i use to own android.. i rarely used them, My parent (S6/Note 4) rarely use them, my friends rarely use them (HTC/Samsung).. the only people who seem to care/use widget are power users.

Whenever i use android.. I never use widget as it makes the phone seem messy

posted on 26 Mar 2016, 05:03 10

2. Wiencon (Posts: 1762; Member since: 06 Aug 2014)


What is the point of this stupid article? On iOS you can control Apple Music and every other player from control center - so from everywhere and this stupid love button is also present. In every way iOS way is better so I don't think anybody will miss this feature

posted on 26 Mar 2016, 05:41 1

4. vincelongman (Posts: 4102; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


Can't you control Apple Music from the notification shade on Android?
If not that's ridiculously bad oversight from Apple

That being said, I do agree a music widget isn't that useful
Personally, I just use my earphones' in-line controls

posted on 26 Mar 2016, 05:47 1

5. ColinW (Posts: 128; Member since: 04 Jun 2014)


IOS is better than what, certainly not Android. Apple Music is pretty awful and Apple have done little to make it better since all the fanfare at their launch.

posted on 26 Mar 2016, 09:59

13. Unordinary (Posts: 1162; Member since: 04 Nov 2015)


Have you forgot the Spotify mobile launch after it's been on desktop for a while? Not sure if you have since it wasn't on Android for a while, but if you do, it was a disaster. Great service now though :) I use Spotify in the gym and on the track for its running feature - love it!!!

posted on 26 Mar 2016, 06:41 1

6. zeppo (Posts: 52; Member since: 21 Jul 2015)


I signed up for 3 months trial. For some reason, I didn't use it much. So uninstalled it after 2 months.

posted on 26 Mar 2016, 07:31 7

7. joevsyou (Posts: 683; Member since: 28 Feb 2015)


apple music still sucks compared to google play music...

posted on 26 Mar 2016, 20:07

20. Ahovking (Posts: 679; Member since: 03 Feb 2015)


google play music the worst..I would use Spotify over google play music any day.

posted on 27 Mar 2016, 10:50

21. DnB925Art (Posts: 947; Member since: 23 May 2013)


But with a Google Play Music sub, you get YouTube Red and YouTube Music included. Integration with ad-free music videos is a HUGE thing for GPM. If a song isn't on GPM, it will be on YT or YTM and can be played with the screen-off. It's great for finding those rare remixes, live-recorded sets or other user-uploading content on YT or YTM.

For example, if I, say type in one of my favorite artists, EDM duo "Showtek," I not only get their officially released songs on GPM, but it will also give results that include videos from YT and YTM of full live performances and DJ sets you can't get on Spotify since GPM also integrates and shows results from YT and YTM.

posted on 27 Mar 2016, 20:54

23. Ahovking (Posts: 679; Member since: 03 Feb 2015)


YouTube Red xD OMG i can't stop laughing!

posted on 26 Mar 2016, 08:13

8. Planterz (Posts: 2012; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


The Apple Music app on Android has a widget. Who else finds this amusing?

posted on 26 Mar 2016, 08:19 2

9. yoosufmuneer (Posts: 1491; Member since: 14 Feb 2015)


Title is Click Bait.

posted on 26 Mar 2016, 08:38 4

10. oozz009 (Posts: 517; Member since: 22 Jun 2015)


Actually PA, you have this on iPhone as well. Not as widget but you have the exact same functions of this widget in the control Center. Better yet, unlike the widget, control Center is accessible anywhere ;)

posted on 26 Mar 2016, 10:02 3

14. Unordinary (Posts: 1162; Member since: 04 Nov 2015)


While control center might be more useful accessed anywhere in the OS, just like on the drop down menu in Android, a home screen widget is appealing and many like it :) No need to flex lol

posted on 26 Mar 2016, 10:59 2

15. nctx77 (Posts: 1697; Member since: 03 Sep 2013)


The problem is that it's only on your home screen. How long are you spending on your home screen. On iOS, widgets and control center can be accessed anywhere. Also, the lockscreen has music controls when using the app. There is zero point of a music widget on iOS.

posted on 26 Mar 2016, 16:35 1

18. Unordinary (Posts: 1162; Member since: 04 Nov 2015)


Listen, I'm just sayin, it don't hurt.

posted on 26 Mar 2016, 11:30

16. oozz009 (Posts: 517; Member since: 22 Jun 2015)


I was just pointing out that PA pointed out something that was clearly not true. There was no need to comment:D

posted on 27 Mar 2016, 10:55

22. DnB925Art (Posts: 947; Member since: 23 May 2013)


I don't use Apple Music on my Android, but does it have a control functions on the drop down for Android? I know GPM, YouTube, YouTube Music, and even Soundcloud have controls on the drop down.

posted on 26 Mar 2016, 13:11 1

17. Rocky1978 (Posts: 35; Member since: 09 Jul 2014)


No thanks! Google Play Music is all I need.

posted on 29 Mar 2016, 02:07

24. robertdenaro116 (Posts: 55; Member since: 07 Mar 2016)


Love it when people comment on articles they haven’t fully read yet, brilliant…

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