Apple Begins Revamping Music App Ahead of Streaming Service Launch, Rumored for Just-Announced WWDC

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Apple Inc. sign displayed at the Yerba Buena Center before the start of the the company's Spring Forward event on March 9, 2015 in San Francisco, California.

Five days after Apple launched iOS 8.3 to the masses, the company has released a beta version of its iOS 8.4 to developers that slips in a very big change. Inside the update is an overhauled version of the flagship Music app that could offer an early look at what Apple's soon-to-launch music streaming service could look like.

Apple is expected to launch its premium-only streaming music service this year at the company's 26th-annual WWDC event, scheduled for June 8-12 in San Francisco, at the Moscone West. The conference will also host the Apple Design Awards, as well as a 350 STEM-related scholarships available.

According to Apple's release notes (via 9to5mac), the new version includes an all-new design that lets you personalize playlists with your own images, a revamped search, a new emphasis on your Recently Added music (now at the top of your library), a streamlined iTunes Radio and a new MiniPlayer. The version also lets you hit play on any music by simply tapping an artist/album cover photo. "The music you love is never more than a tap away," the notes say.

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In addition there's a "Global Search" that lets you search for music from anywhere in the music app, along with improvements to how the Now Playing portion works, the niftiest being that you'll be able to transition to streaming your music via AirPlay without interruption.

 

Watch a demo of iOS 8.4 via AppleInsider: