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Revamped Apple Music to be unveiled at WWDC in June, to feature black-and-white design, support for lyrics

Apple Music is reportedly getting a much needed design revamp and some new features. Apple is likely to reveal them at WWDC 2016 in June.

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Apple Music hasn’t exactly been what you call revolutionary, and since its launch it has only received mixed reviews. But that could change, as Bloomberg claims that Apple is bringing in a host of changes to its music streaming service, which will be unveiled at WWDC 2016 on June 13. Changes are likely to be made to the look and feel of the app, as well as simplifying the process to discover new music. Also Read - iPhone 12 Mini reaches end of production already, say rumours

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Some of the incoming changes are detailed by 9ToMac, which also confirms that the revamped Apple Music will be showcased at WWDC on June 13. The report says that the app will now boast a black and white design, which will replace the current interface that changes colors based on the album’s cover art. The interface tweaks also include bigger album cover art to make them a bigger part of the app. The idea behind these changes is to make the app look ‘bolder, yet simpler’. Also Read - Beware! This new iOS bug breaks WiFi on iPhones: Here's a quick fix for it

Apple is also believed to be simplifying the ‘For You’ section, and also rename the ‘New’ tab to ‘Browse’ to make it less confusing. It wants the feature to work on the lines of Spotify’s Discover Weekly, which is among the most popular features on the music streaming service.

Another addition is said to be song lyrics, which will be available for every song that plays on your device. These lyrics are likely to be synced with the song as they play, and the end result will be something on the lines of what you get on a karaoke machine.

The idea behind all the changes is to make Apple Music more ‘intuitive to use’ and also improving the integration between the streaming and download businesses. While Beats 1 will be left alone for the time being, reports claim that Apple could introduce more Beats radio stations as well.

While not going into the details of the upcoming changes, the Bloomberg report sticks to the divide Apple Music has seemingly created in the company. It states that Apple employees are not too pleased with the entire execution of the music streaming service, while Beats employees joining Apple post the acquisition are yet to get used to the stringent quality control everything needs to go through.

The conflicts has also seen several key members quit, including Beats Music Chief Executive Ian Rogers, product head Ryan Walsh, chief designer Ryan Goodman, vice president for engineering Bobby Gaza and senior visual designer Jackie Ngo.

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It remains to be seen how these changes will end up improving the whole Apple Music experience. The news comes at a time when Apple has experienced its first dip in revenues in 13 years. Apple Music is currently available on iOS and Android, and Google’s OS has no doubt played a big role in helping push the number of paid customers to over 13 million. But in comparison, chief rival Spotify has over 30 million paid customers, and it is not even available in as many countries as Apple Music.

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  • Published Date: May 5, 2016 1:30 PM IST
  • Updated Date: May 5, 2016 1:35 PM IST



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