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

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



1. gaming64

Posts: 234; Member since: Mar 22, 2016

How is this even revolutionary in any way?

3. Ahovking

Posts: 711; Member since: Feb 03, 2015

Where does it say revolutionary?

2. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 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

4. vincelongman

Posts: 5692; Member since: Feb 10, 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

5. ColinW

Posts: 412; Member since: Jun 04, 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.

13. Unordinary unregistered

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!!!

6. zeppo

Posts: 200; Member since: Jul 21, 2015

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

7. joevsyou

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

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

20. Ahovking

Posts: 711; Member since: Feb 03, 2015

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

21. DnB925Art

Posts: 1168; Member since: May 23, 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.

23. Ahovking

Posts: 711; Member since: Feb 03, 2015

YouTube Red xD OMG i can't stop laughing!

8. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

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

9. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

Title is Click Bait.

10. oozz009

Posts: 520; Member since: Jun 22, 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 ;)

14. Unordinary unregistered

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

15. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 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.

18. Unordinary unregistered

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

16. oozz009

Posts: 520; Member since: Jun 22, 2015

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

22. DnB925Art

Posts: 1168; Member since: May 23, 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.

17. Rocky1978

Posts: 41; Member since: Jul 09, 2014

No thanks! Google Play Music is all I need.

24. robertdenaro116

Posts: 64; Member since: Mar 07, 2016

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

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