Apple Music for Android is getting a long overdue makeover

Apple Music for Android is getting a long overdue makeover
It might surprise some of you, but with more than 10 million downloads to date, Apple Music is a hugely popular Android application. Apparently, Apple realized the potential and released a new and improved version that brings a new design and lots of new features.

If you didn't like Apple Music until now, consider this a new beginning. Apple Music 2.0.0 features an all-new design that makes the app clearer and easier to use. First off, the For You section now comes with loads of recommendations.

The music player has been overhauled and now offers quick access to queued songs, as well as lyrics. The new Library section now allows users to navigate their music much easier and see the Downloaded Music they can play while offline.

The Now Playing screen features the ability to read song lyrics and has a card-like interface. Also, just like Google Play Music, Apple's app now offers users the option to listen to playlists filtered by mood or activity.

Of course, you can even tune in to Beats 1 shows or listen to stations for any genre if you're more into the radio stuff. Apple Music 2.0.0 has already been pushed to Google Play Store, so you might want to check it out.



source: Google Play

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26 Comments

1. Unordinary unregistered

Use it on Android at work on our Android tablet to play through the speakers. Love the new design (on Android); now it looks the same cross platform. Apple Music is on fire

2. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I agree. Keep it up Apple.

9. azimesmail

Posts: 264; Member since: Nov 23, 2014

Does it run smoothly? I hated the previous version if the app so much that I pay for both Apple Music and Spotify. When I use my android phones, I use Spotify. When I use my iPhone, Apple Music.

3. kopkiwi

Posts: 102; Member since: May 31, 2013

Does it still collate multi CD albums into one album and play them out of order?

18. azimesmail

Posts: 264; Member since: Nov 23, 2014

The multi-disc albums that are actually on Apple Music are fine, I've never had an issue with them playing out of order unless shuffle is on. The multi-disc albums that I've had to upload to my iCloud Music Library, those need to be tagged properly or else they won't play properly. To tag them properly, you gotta do it through iTunes.

4. LebronJamesFanboy

Posts: 671; Member since: Mar 23, 2013

Dammit, read the title wrong. Got excited Google Play Music might get a makeover. Can anyone suggest a great music App for Android? Google Play Music is giving me some headaches.

5. AronWunarso

Posts: 244; Member since: Feb 21, 2016

Spotify?

6. Unordinary unregistered

Spotify? Apple Music? Google Play Music?

8. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

For streaming and/or downloading music or to play your own music files?

11. mikehunta727 unregistered

Spotify is the s**ttt bro... if you haven't signed up to them, I believe for first 3 months it's 0.99 cents for 3 months of Premium, which is really nice

13. Awalker

Posts: 1982; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

Amazon Music? I had to cancel my Play Music subscription because of the device limit and I've been using Amazon Music ever since.

25. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Weird, since Amazon Music has a 10 device limit as well.https://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html?nodeId=201379910

7. Eclectech

Posts: 355; Member since: May 01, 2013

I refuse to try Apple Music because of the continued monthly 3 dollar tax they levy on the other music services, making for unfair competition as they don't charge themselves that same tax. Further, I haven't forgotten the stunt they pulled with book publishers either. While many companies have a mean and even evil streak about them, I'm going to stick with the underdogs (Spotify, Tidal and Pandora)

12. kiko007

Posts: 7513; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

You realize how absurd you sound, right? You think WalMart is offering Campbell's soup a spot on their shelf for free? And how does one go about "charging themselves"? Besides, the term competitive means that you use any and every legal advantage you have to gain supremacy in a given market. Apple has an App Store. Apple's App Store is strictly their IP. If you want to use said IP, you play ball. If not... there's the door. Spotify tried to call Apple out on "fairness". How'd that turn out? Them doing nothing, because they know without the revenue from Apple's userbase, Spotify would be even further in the red than they already are. When they build their own App Store like Amazon or Google, then they can criticize whoever they'd like . Not gonna happen though, cause they can't get in the black to save their life.

14. Awalker

Posts: 1982; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

I think you're the one who sounds absurd. There's another platform (Android) that Apple can follow.

15. kiko007

Posts: 7513; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Android doesn't belong to anyone. iOS is strictly Apple's IP. They are in no way similar enough to base development policies around. Not to mention the App Store makes almost twice as much revenue as Google Play, making Google's handling irrelevant.

16. Awalker

Posts: 1982; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

The Play Store belongs to Google. It's a separate entity from Android and Android OEMs have to sign an agreement with Google in order to get the Play Store on their device. Google's model is much more friendlier to developers and Apple should adopt it. And Play Store revenue is set to surpass the App Store revenue this year.

17. kiko007

Posts: 7513; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

"The Play Store belongs to Google." You're not understanding something: Google Play is NOT the only app store on Android. There's Baidu, Amazon, Xiaomi, Meizu, etc. Those app stores offer alternative ways to get applications. Not to mention apk downloads. "Google's model is much more friendlier to developers and Apple should adopt it." No it's not. They get paid the same amount (15%) while making less revenue on Google Play. Not to mention Google has strict policies on ad generation. "And Play Store revenue is set to surpass the App Store revenue this year." Again false:https://techcrunch.com/2017/03/29/app-annie-android-to-top-ios-in-app-store-revenue-this-year/ "Apple will lose its lead over Android in terms of revenue generated by mobile apps this year, according to a new report from App Annie, out today. However, the firm’s estimate is based on including third-party Android app stores in its forecast, not just Google Play. When the Apple App Store is pitted against Google Play alone, Apple is expected to maintain its lead through 2021, the report says." The report CLEARLY states that you're wrong. This is ultimately pointless. He can choose to use whatever services he wants for whatever reasons he chooses. My problem lies with the naïveté that Apple is extorting those streaming services, when said services would be DOA without the App Store.

19. Awalker

Posts: 1982; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

I'm not sure what that has to do with "The Play Store belongs to Google" and Google sets policy for the Play Store. Google's model is friendlier to app developers because they allow them to setup their own payment system. There's no need for them to go through Google's payment system. Alright. Android's​ revenue will surpass iOS revenue.

21. kiko007

Posts: 7513; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

"I'm not sure what that has to do with "The Play Store belongs to Google" and Google sets policy for the Play Store." Simple. Apple's App Store is the only LEGAL App Store for iOS. Google Play operates in an entirely different playing field, where apps can be had from a browser if need be. Google doesn't have the leverage Apple does over it's ecosystem. "Google's model is friendlier to app developers because they allow them to setup their own payment system. There's no need for them to go through Google's payment system." I'll concede that point. However, how is said policy of payment system working out for either party? "Alright. Android's​ revenue will surpass iOS revenue." You can't just change the narrative. This is a 1v1 comparison between Apple's implementation of policy and Google's implementation and how their outlooks create differing directions. Changing it to "Android's app stores" puts too broad a spectrum on the topic. Not to mention introduces a new issue: security. I'd advice against making this a discussion about Android as a singular entity.

22. Awalker

Posts: 1982; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

I still don't understand what that has to do with my point. Google has a policy for the Play Store and Apple should adopt it. You're bringing up a non sequitur. I only brought up revenue because you seem to be focused on it. Revenue for the Play Store, App Store, Android, iOS is something I don't really care about and wasn't germane to my point. Spotify is allowed to setup ​their own payment system in app on Android. I think Apple should adopt that approach. That's it.

23. kiko007

Posts: 7513; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

The only reason said policy (Google) is in place is because they have no leverage to tell Spotify they can't enact their own payment system. That's the only reason Google doesn't have a similar policy to Apple. There's nothing inherently "friendly" about Google's strategy... simply necessity. That's what I'm getting at. "I only brought up revenue because you seem to be focused on it." Revenue is an INVALUABLE tool when discussing/comparing two different business models. Apple employs complete control, hence their demanding (slightly suppressive) nature. Google doesn't care about control all too much, at least that's the take away I get from looking at their handling of Android since it's inception. You can see certain aspects of both models in their accumulation of app revenue. "Spotify is allowed to setup ​their own payment system in app on Android. I think Apple should adopt that approach. That's it." Well if Spotify wants their very own payment system, they can make their very own app store. Then they can direct anyone wherever they please. Until then, they do what Apple tells them. There are a number of fables detailing how a young bird took issue with it's mother's strict rules. Said young bird (after a disagreement with the mother bird) fled the nest in search of "freedom" of repressive parenting. At first, the young bird was ecstatic, as he had never felt so unfiltered. However, after only a few days, he returned to the next from which he came, to the surprise of no one. The mother bird (citing the child's return) asked him "So, how was unmitigated freedom, son?" with a look of inquiry. As he responded, tears ran down his face. The words "What freedom? There was only a cruel world to greet me, there's no freedom in that, is there?" while looking despondent. She in turn responded "That's why I am here, to shield you from the cruel reality until you can face it yourself." They embrace. *End of story* Moral of the story: Apple's momma bird and if you wanna stay in the next, you follow some set guidelines.

24. kiko007

Posts: 7513; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

*nest x2

26. Zylam

Posts: 1817; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

@Kiko007, you really kicked some butt and took a whole bunch of names there! LOL nice.

10. ayylmao

Posts: 34; Member since: Mar 10, 2017

does this work like spotify? that requires internet connection?

20. azimesmail

Posts: 264; Member since: Nov 23, 2014

It works exactly like Spotify. There is offline usage, just like spotify as well.

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