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Apple Music redesign makes it easier to find tunes you want

Engadget Engadget 13/06/2016 Billy Steele
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Back in early May, rumors circulated that Apple was planning on a big redesign for its music streaming service at WWDC. Well, those reports were correct. During today's keynote, SVP Eddy Cue showed off a much more streamlined interface that should make using the service a bit less of a headache, "redesigned from the ground up." The rumored black and white design is indeed here for the most part, placing the focus on the album artwork.

When you first launch the app now, your Library is what you'll see first and there's a special section for any music you've purchased and a "Recently Added" summary for all the new stuff. From there, launching a song taps into the new music-focused UI, where a mostly black and white color scheme (there's some color) helps the album artwork pop on that screen. Library is also the first tab across the bottom menu, followed by "For You," "Browse," "Radio" and "Search" from left to right.

That "For You" section sill offers a curated selection of music based on your listening habits. It also has a "Recently Added" menu as well, so you'll know what's been added since the last time you looked. The "Browse" tab is where you'll find those useful charts, a list of new releases and more if you're just perusing what's available. It also replaces the "New" tab users are likely familiar with. As you might expect "Radio" is direct access to the Beats1 internet stream alongside a listing of featured and upcoming shows. As we mentioned during our liveblog, this info about Beats1 seems to be geared towards folks who may not have given the radio option a chance.

While Apple Music on the desktop only got a brief mention, Apple showed off the new interface on a Mac. Music was discussed during the iOS portion of the event, after all. This means that the new look will make its way to the app there as well, where it's tucked inside iTunes. We'll reserve any final judgement until we can spend some quality time with the updated version, but on the surface, the refreshed interface and re-organizing should make the service less of a chore to use.

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