Apple seeds iOS 8.4 to developers, brings new design and features to its Music app

Following the release of iOS 8.3 last week, Apple has started to roll out iOS 8.4 to registered developers via its Apple Developer Centre.

This update brings with it several improvements to the iOS Music app, which has a redesigned interface and the added ability to stream music from AirPlay via the “Now Playing” screen. In addition, the new Music app also brings with it a revamped mini player, and recently added songs and albums now appear at the top of one’s music library.

Apple purchased Beats last year and it’s rumoured that the company will launch a streaming music service in the coming months, likely at Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) this summer. This new Music app could go live with the official launch of iOS 9 and it’s likely the Apple’s streaming service will be integrated into it.

According to 9to5Mac, here is the complete change for the Music app:

All-New Design. Music app has a beautiful new design that makes exploring your music collection easier and more fun. Personalize playlists by adding your own image and description. Enjoy stunning pictures of your favorite artists in the Artists view. Start playing an album right from the album list. The music you love is never more than a tap away.

Recently Added. Albums and playlists you’ve recently added are now at the top of your library, making it effortless to find something new to play. Simply tap play on the artwork to listen.

Streamlined iTunes Radio. Discovering music with iTunes Radio is easier than ever. You can now quickly return to your favorite stations in Recently Played. Choose from a selection of hand-curated stations in Featured Stations, or start a new one from your favourite artist or song.

New MiniPlayer. With the new MiniPlayer, you can see what’s playing and control playback while browsing your music collection. To open Now Playing, just tap on the MiniPlayer.

Improved Now Playing. Now Playing has a stunning new design that showcases your album artwork the way it was meant to be. In addition, you can begin wirelessly streaming your music using AirPlay without leaving Now Playing.

Up Next. It’s now simple to find out which songs from your library will play next — just tap the Up Next icon in Now Playing. You can even reorder, add, or skip songs whenever you like.

Global Search. You can now search from anywhere in the Music app — just tap the magnifying glass. Search results are conveniently organized to help you quickly find that perfect song. You can even start an iTunes Radio station right from Search.