See how Apple's new Music app with Beats streaming will look like come iOS 8.4

See how Apple's new Music app with Beats streaming will look like come iOS 8.4
When the next iOS update is released, Apple's Music app will come with a brand new interface, readied for the revamped Beats Music streaming feature to be added upon its WWDC announcement in June. If you want to see how the new music app, that will serve as a tune portal for hundreds of millions of iPhone users, will look like, look no further than the iOS 8.4 beta, with screenshots provided below.

Apple purchased Beats for $3 billion in May of last year, and speculation has the tech titan offering a $9.99 a month streaming music service for individuals and a $14.99 plan for families. Looking to compete against such popular music streamers as Spotify, Apple is hoping to sign up certain musicians to exclusivity deals.

Apple is hoping that consumers will be willing to shell out the monthly fee for Beats Music to hear certain tunes that won't be streamed anywhere else. Besides facing competition from Spotify, YouTube and others, Jay Z's new Tidal is also looking to take advantage of exclusivity deals with popular artists. The streaming music service has a big advantage over Apple since its co-owners include Rihanna and Beyonce. Both stars are promoting exclusive tunes for Tidal subscribers. The streamer charges $9.99 a month for a standard subscription, with a special high-fidelity stream offered for $19.99 a month. Singer Alicia Keys is also a part owner in Tidal which she says, "puts the power back in the artists’ hands."

By next year, streaming revenue should exceed music downloads, which has been in a steady decline. Check out the new Music app interface below, here is Apple's changelog of new features added to the Music mix:


source: 9to5Mac

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12 Comments

1. Neros

Posts: 1016; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

Another update? They just released 8.3. Damn, ios seems to be still buggy.

5. bucky

Posts: 3790; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

The updates aren't really to fix things. The last two have been to add new features.

11. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

There's literally a full article in front of him of what iOS 8.4 brings and somehow he's still confused... Let's hope he's just playing stupid

2. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Good that musicians I listen to doesn't have that tendency to sell their asses to everyone (of course except recording companies). Hmm, when I think more of it more than 70% of my favourite artists doesn't compose anymore :D ... ;_;

3. ama3654

Posts: 295; Member since: Nov 27, 2012

This is just a blatant copy of Google Play Music app, wait till its released and the sh33ps will claim google copied from Apple.

6. bucky

Posts: 3790; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Do you honestly think Google was first for music streaming? Correct me if I'm wrong but didn't they buy other companies out too?

7. buccob

Posts: 2974; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Actually feature wise it is a ripoff of Walkman app found on Xperia devices. - The Recent content is very similar to Walkman's Home. - The mini player is also present - Global search looks exactly the same - Side swiping gestures to such sections - The 3 dots action for each song is EXACTLY like what you find in Walkman app with the same options for queueing and so on... Sony should be flattered... But we all know that Apple will make iOS users believe that they were first implementing this

8. illusionmist

Posts: 157; Member since: Jan 29, 2013

- Recent is also present on iTunes and not exactly an idea that needs much thinking to put in such an app. - Yeah the stock Music app might be late to the party of the “mini player”, but it’s present in a bunch of third party music players and has become almost an established practice already. - How else would you do global search? Talking about global search, do you even Spotlight? - Such behavior can be found on all three mobile OS’s. - You mean the three dots that’s also in iTunes? Or what’s used to denote “more” in iOS since day one? Oh yeah definitely copying Sony! You’re confused if you think iOS users care about this being first or not...

9. buccob

Posts: 2974; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

- The way it is presented is very similar to what walkman had for years. It doesn't need much thinking but putted side by side looks like it. - Yes the mini player has been around in many other players before, I am just pointing out that they are not the first. - Global search can also be presented differently but they show results extremely similar to walkman. Spotlight wasn't the first either. - Yes side swiping is also something not limited to walkman, Samsung has had it for years in their music player, but still Apple will fool you into thinking they were first. - I do not mean the dots per se, I am talking about the inherent function of the dots to the right of each song that takes you to additional actions... it is the same implementation in Walkman (with a little corner arrow instead of dots)... And I forgot to add the "Up Next" is also a copy of "Play Queue" shown in many players, including Walkman were you can see the following songs and rearrange them. Anyway every company copies previous work nowadays, I am not against that when there is no law in between, BUT my problem is when Apple fools its users into thinking they were first for everything... it is a very misleading and shameful marketing In my opinion Walkman still looks better, and it seems to have tons of more features such as: - extensions - id3tag editing - folder view - full equalizer - you can create Artist, Albums and Playlist shortcuts for your homescreen - and it even let you SHARE your songs via Bluetooth (or other services) directly from the app. What it lacks is the radio that apple offers, but there are a ton of apps for that already.

10. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

Now that you're done whining about the Walkman, do you have anything to say about Beats Music integration or Tidal?

12. gaming64 unregistered

Nobody effing cares about most of those features. I can still implement those on 3rd party apps if I dont like the Music app of Apple. Go suck Sony if thats what you want. You are no diff. from other fanboys.

4. thomas5723

Posts: 3; Member since: Apr 07, 2015

Anyone else hate white space?

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