[Update: Feb. 19] Apple Music on iOS 14.5 beta 2 supports swipe gestures, new menu controls, sharing lyrics, downloading songs, more
New updates are being added at the bottom of this story…….
Original story (published on February 17, 2021) follows:
Not many may be aware of the fact that Apple Music only gained major success following Apple’s acquisition of Beats Music.
The move was an extremely smart one as it helped eliminate a competitor whilst giving Apple a great opportunity to improve their own music streaming service dramatically at the same time.
If not for this deal, Apple would’ve fallen way behind against other newer rival services like YouTube Music and Spotify. However, constant updates and improvements have established otherwise.
That said, Apple recently added a bunch of cool new features to Apple Music with the latest iOS 14.5 Beta 2 update aimed at making its usage far more convenient and intuitive than ever before.
Firstly, there’s the addition of new swipe gestures for moving songs to the top or bottom of your queue. To do this, just swipe to the right and you’ll see the options in blue and orange, as shown in the below screenshot.
It is worth mentioning here that the Spotify app on iOS has already had a similar feature for ages. But it’s still great to see Apple picking and incorporating some of the best aspects from its competitors.
Secondly, there’s also a fresh option to share lyrics directly to Instagram in a beautiful pictorial format, as shown below.
Additionally, Apple Music now allows users to search up record labels from the search bar which wasn’t possible previously. You can also tap on the record label text to open up a dedicated page for it.
So the search functionality was limited to curators but now you can search for actual record labels and it shows you recent releases from the label! So if you follow certain artists, you can discover some similar artists curated by the label rather than music magazines or blogs.
And lastly, there are some UI tweaks related to the menu which make it look way cleaner than before as you can see below. Also, downloaded songs now show a tiny icon indicating that they’ve been downloaded.
Now, of course, these new goodies are only available for the beta testers on the latest, bleeding-edge version of iOS. Regular users will have to wait a while to avail them.
But if the usual patterns are to go by, the features should roll out for other Apple Music users as well within a month with the upcoming iOS 14.5 stable.
Nonetheless, if you are interested and want to delve into the other features and bug fixes brought about by iOS 14.5 update, then you would like to check out the official iOS & iPadOS 14.5 Beta 2 Release Notes.
Update (February 19)
Apple Music users on Reddit can confirm that iOS 14.5 beta 2 adds yet another nifty feature. Going forward, disliked tracks in personalized radio will now be automatically skipped.
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