Apple Updates Their Music App as Streaming Service Launch Approaches

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Apple’s new streaming service is very close to launching. The service is expected to launch with iOS 9. The announcement will most likely take place at Apple’s WWDC in June.

The company is already making some changes to their music software to prepare for the upcoming launch. The Music app has been updated in iOS 8.4, which has just gone into beta.

The Music app has received a visual update and a “Recently Added” section has been added to the home screen.

iTunes Radio now has better integration with the rest of the music app.

The search feature includes both “My Music” and “iTunes Radio”. You can easily add an iTunes Radio track to your Wishlist or purchase the track in the iTunes Store.

This video from DetroitBORG has a good rundown of the new features:

 

Nina Ulloa covers breaking news, tech, and more: @nine_u

9 Responses

  1. Anonymous

    “Very close to launching”

    yeah wake me up when they actually complete their licensing deals

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  2. Anonymous

    Looking forward to it.

    I really wish Steve Jobs was still alive though. If he was, Google would already be a smoking crater in the ground.

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  3. FarePlay

    The far more interesting story that has been included with this App announcement is that Apple has had a cadre of both experienced radio DJs and programmers and rock journalists actually dealing with getting the music, liner notes and historical context of the music together.

    This is the way you start rebuilding music as a cultural art form with perceived value as opposed to marketing music like toilet paper at Costco or part of some new gadget to manage your database.

    It’s the same tactic, Nina, that you use when you write posts about the lack of respect for women DJs in EDM. You are building a context about something that you feel is important.

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  4. Edward Jennings

    So “Goliath” shares its Apple Music screen shots. I see a few David’s with slingshots practicing for the battle.

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  5. Musicservices4less

    As much as I hate Apple (Steve Jobs) for devaluing music in one shot by the creation of iTunes with its $0.99 per single, I do like the concept of a walled garden with effective outside policing of corporate pirates and the businesses that enable and support them.

    I think for the music industry today (because who knows what tomorrow will bring) it is our best shot.

    By the way, shout out to Eric Schmidt and Google/Youtube. I am sure they are going to enjoy the revelations of their antitrust behavior about to be heaped on them by the European Union regulators. Whether or not they successfully prosecute the Behemoth is kind of irrelevant. The important thing is to keep them on the front page and reveal all the details of their operations and non-operations.

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    • FarePlay

      No question; opening up the songs on albums for individual purchase was painful, but jobs had no choice. If iTunes stayed with “overpriced” CDs, Apple would never had made it this far. Piracy would have been far bigger.

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