In Action: iPad’s New “Music” App In iOS 5 [Nice Big Screenshot Tour]

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In iOS 5, there’s a new “Music” app that combines the functions of the iTunes and iPod apps. Instead of separate apps for shopping and playback, Music is a one-stop shop for tunes. That’s the app’s icon above.

Here’s a screenshot tour showing it in action — including the new ability to download Purchased music from the online iTunes store.


New in iOS 5: controlling music playback from the lock screen. It’s no longer necessary to unlock the iPad to control volume, pause skip or send music to external devices via AirPlay.

The Music App lives in the dock.

Here is the main window showing “Artists” tab. At the top of the screen are the music controls. There’s a restyled music slider for scrubbing through a track. It reminds me of the red plastic frequency indicators on an old transistor radios.

And here’s the “Songs” tab in portrait.

The blue circle to the right of one songs shows the download status. It’s queued up to be downloaded from the iTunes store using the new “Purchased” music feature that Apple quietly added to iTunes a couple of days ago. More on this below…

The Songs tab in portrait.

There are tabs for Genres and Composers.

And the Playslists tab.

Here’s the AirPlay button for sending music wirelessly to AirPlay devices — one of my favorite features of media on iOS devices.

Next Page: Downloading Purchased music