Apple Squashes Music App Bugs in New iOS Update

Apple Music on an iPhone
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“Always Be Tinkering" should be Apple's motto. The Cupertino-based company released a new version of iOS (8.4.1) for the iPhone and iPad on Thursday, with the update bringing several fixes to its Apple Music streaming service. According to the release notes, the new version addresses some security issues along with the following items:

  • Resolves issues that could prevent turning on iCloud Music Library
  • Resolves an issue that hides added music because Apple Music was set to show offline music only
  • Provides a way to add songs to a new playlist if there aren't any playlists to choose from
  • Resolves an issue that may show different artwork for an album on other devices
  • Resolves several issues for artists while posting to Connect
  • Fixes an issue where tapping Love doesn't work as expected while listening to Beats 1

Several users are already complaining that at least one of the problems, regarding album artwork on multiple devices, has not worked. "Album covers of the music that I keep native on my iPhone are still messed up!" one user wrote in an official Apple discussion thread. "I thought that the new iOS and iTunes updates were going to fix this… I guess i'm turning off iCloud music again! Really irritated about this." Another user added that 8.4.1 "did not fix all the issues of incorrect artwork or wrong song playing, but it did seem to correct quite a few of them."

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Version 8.4 was launched June 30, ushering in a redesigned Music app to support Apple Music. It is very likely that 8.4.1 is the final update before the release of iOS 9, which is rumored for a September launch.


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