IOS 14 brings big new features like home screen updates, widgets, new privacy controls and updates to features like Siri and HomeKit. But Apple has also taken the time to work on improving several major features for its core apps.
One of them is music application. Apple continues to compete aggressively against Spotify in the streaming music race, and iOS 14 has taken it one step further. Here’s what’s new in music for iOS 14.
IOS 14: New key to Apple Music
First, Apple Music supports the new widget features of iOS 14 The Music app provides recently played widgets that feature recently played albums and playlists. You can tap the widget to launch the music app and start playing the displayed music.
A very common non-play widget on Android is the Play / Pause and Next Track buttons on your home screen. This type of widget is not supported by the iOS 14 API although widgets need to launch their parent application when tapped. Developers cannot add independent buttons. It is possible that Apple has added a special Nao Playing System widget, similar to what is available in the Control Center, but it is not present in the current beta.
The music app is compatible with new enhancements to airpods with automatic switching and headphones, which can tune the sound frequency to a person’s hearing.
Here are the changes to the music app itself:
Apple has upgraded the tab for you to iOS 14 and now it has come up with a new name: Listen Now.
A common criticism of Apple Music by Spotify users is that playlists and discovery features aren’t as good. Listen Nao is apparently trying to address that angle with more focus on the personal. The tab features your heavy rotation and top picks of curated playlists for your mood, then Station for You focuses on the artists you’re following and blends custom Apple Music like Friends Mix and New Music Mix.
Listen now to some sections like Top Picks – use this new featured poster art style. It adds some great visual variations for iOS 13 for you to make the iteration of square-shaped albums longer than
Apple believes that Apple will be the most popular destination for music users. As a result, the Listen tab is now in the first position of the bar, the Library tab has moved to the fourth slot.
This is of course a spotty catch feature, but all are equally welcome. The music app now has a new 6 buttons on the row screen. If enabled, the Apple Music app will delete any of the songs, albums, and playlists you select, and then continue playing. Music is meant to be just like what you hear. It’s like a shortcut to creating a station based on the latest song in your playlist.
However manually setting up a station is a bit tedious and it is not very easy to find. In contrast, autoplay mode is enabled in the Apple Music UI and enabled by center and default. You can discover a new artist just by running the Music app for it.
Overhauled iPad design
The iPad version of the music app has received some serious love this year. The iPad Music app has finally stopped being a smaller version of the iPhone’s layout.
On the iPadS14, the Music app will acquire a new sidebar that speeds up navigation. From anywhere in the Music app, you can now quickly jump to different parts of your playlists, radio stations, and your personal music library. The sections in the sidebar are connectable, and you can edit which sections are visible in the Library group.
The Nao Play experience has also been modified with a new design that fills the screen of the iPad. Album art, playback control, and volume take up the left side of the screen, and you can toggle between time-synced lyrics or playing next row for the right-hand pane. In both the iPhone and iPad, the fuzzy gradient background of Nao Play always reflects the colors found in album art, smooth transitions with song changes, which makes the whole thing feel very dynamic.
New search experience
IOS 14 Music also has a new design search tab. You are looking for inspiration, even before typing something popular and timely music sections are published. Autocomplete results are richer and have a new look for the search results screen. A search based on relevance starts with a “top result” that combines songs, artists, playlists, and many more into a single list. You can easily filter using the jump bar at the bottom of the search field.
Apple has made it easier to search your library. In any tab inside the library, you can now swipe to reveal the relevant search field. Allows you to quickly filter the basis of your current context to find the artist or album you were looking for.
These new features are now available in iOS 14 developer beta Apple Apple will release a public beta of iOS 14 in July, a public release will be released for fall (probably September).
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