iOS 8.4 beta 3 brings more tweaks to Apple’s Music app


Apple has big ambitions for its new music streaming service.
Beats redesign might not show up at WWDC. Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac
Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

Apple continues to improve its redesigned Music app, as evidenced by today’s release of iOS 8.4 beta 3.

The new beta is available now in the iOS Dev Center and includes plenty of bug fixes for the Music app, which was updated with new features like a new MiniPlayer, global search, Up Next, personalized playlists and more in iOS 8.4 beta 1.

Take a GIF tour of iOS 8.4’s new Music app


Apple's Music app is getting a redesign. Photo: Cult of Mac
Apple's Music app is getting a redesign. Photo: Cult of Mac

Rumors of a redesign coming to the iOS Music app have been floating around the rumor mill ever since Apple acquired Beats last year, and today we got our first preview of the future of music.

iOS 8.4 gives developers a look at the redesigned Music app that’s aimed at making it easier, faster, and more fun to listen to music than ever before. Apple has left out the long-rumored streaming-music component of the app, but the redesign is full of other noteworthy features.

Here’s a quick GIF tour of all the new changes:

Scrub Music Tracks Forward And Back At Any Speed With iOS 7 [iOS Tips]


Music App Scrubbing

There you are, listening to your favorite song, when you just want to get to the good part. So you look at the Music app that’s playing that favorite song, and you wonder, “How on earth am I going to scrub through the song to move to where I want to?”

In iOS 7, the visual upgrade gives us a red line in the track being played. You can definitely tap, hold and drag that red line along the track for some high-speed scrubbing, but what if you want to move along the track more slowly, or have a more fine-grained approach?

Here’s how to do just that.

Fall Asleep To Music With Your iPhone’s Hidden Sleep Timer [iOS Tips]



Whether this feature has been in iOS since the beginning or not, this is the first I’ve heard of it, so I’m guessing there are a few of you out there that haven’t found the sleep timer in iOS, either.

If you want to listen to music or audiobooks before you go to sleep, it’s generally a good idea to have a way to turn the music off after you’ve fallen asleep, right?

Well, it turns out that there’s a sleep timer right in iOS itself, but it might not be where you’d expect it to be.

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Jump Right To The Now Playing Song With Control Center In iOS 7 Beta [iOS Tips]


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Every once in a while, I’m listening to a song via the Music app on my iPhone, or (lately) listening to iTunes Radio on my iPad through a bluetooth speaker in the house, when I want to quickly figure out what’s playing, or maybe mess with the controls, skip a song, or something like that.

Typically, I’d double click the Home button to get a basic controller to pause or skip a song, or click into the home screen, find the Music app, launch it, then tap the Now Playing button, and then make any adjustments.

Now, however, with iOS 7 beta’s new Control Center, you can tap right through to the Now Playing song with a swipe and a tap. Here’s how.

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See Full Track Info On Your iPhone [iOS Tips]


Music App Tip

It’s sometimes hard to remember that the ubiquitous iPhone had its genesis as a humble music player, the iPod. Remember those? In fact, the Music app was originally called iPod app, right?

Sometimes, when you have a particularly long song name, like with the podcasts or compilation albums in the images above, the small screen of the iPhone doesn’t quite do the full info name justice, leaving off with a disappointing elipsis. What if you want to see the whole thing? With iOS 5.1, you can.