Just a week after making iOS 8.3 final available for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices, Apple has today seeded the first beta of iOS 8.4. Download links are embedded below the post. More details on what iOS 8.4 arrives with can be grabbed after this jump.
iOS 8.4 beta 4 includes an all-new Music app – due for fall unveil at WWDC and would serve as a replacement for dedicated Beats Music App and services etc. Although Apple has acquired Beats Electronics last year, but also rumored to be working on its very own music streaming service since then. The new Apple’s music service was actually thought would be announced at the company’s WWDC 2015, has already made an appearance in iOS 8.4.
The latest beta release for registered developers ships with a revamped Music app that comes with a plethora of new options, such as features like an all-new design, an overhauled section, streamlined iTunes Radio, new MiniPlayer, improved Now Playing screen, Up Next and a new global search feature.
The new beta version of iOS 8.4 build 12H4074d comes with an all-new Music app that combines a fresh new look with powerful features. Music’s redesign let users personalize playlists by adding custom images and descriptions, while new functionality allows for direct playback from the app’s album list. A Recent Added section surfaces tracks and albums that were recently imported or purchased to the top of the user’s library.
MiniPlayer allows playback controls while browsing Music’s library, streamlined iTunes Radio navigation, a new Up Next icon to see what song is coming up and tweaks to the Now Playing pane. New Global Search integration pulls in results from anywhere in the Music App and allows for iTunes Radio station creation directly fromn the Search Bar.
The complete list of changes for Music app are as follows:
The iOS 8.4 Beta includes an early preview of the the all-new Music app. With powerful features and an elegant new look, enjoying your music is easier than ever. This preview provides a sneak peek into what we’ve been working on, and what’s to come — the music is just getting started.
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 favorite 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.
Notably, the newly released beta does not – in its current form though, feature music streaming capabilities, bu all the signs have set the stage for what is going to be an amazing experience. Surprise here is that Apple didn’t wait until June to unveil the app. The accompanied streaming service though will be announced at WWDC in June.
According to the release notes, there are still quite few known issues with the new Music app in the iOS 8.4 beta. Users should be aware of the possible bugs before downloading it.
“using Siri to control iTunes Radio does not work, nor does AirPlay streaming. Station sharing for iTunes Radio is not available, it’s not possible to start a station from a song in Now Playing, and the Music app may quit unexpectedly when deleting a playlist or rotating the device to landscape orientation, among other issues.
Finally, Apple’s upcoming streaming music service, said to be similar to its existing Beats music service with a rename and a focus on exclusive content, may be integrated into this new Music app. iOS 8.4 and the new Music app arrived ahead of Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference in June.
Currently, the beta is available to download via the iOS Dev Center for all Apple mobile devices, which includes the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. From this link here, you can download iOS 8.4 beta.