Apple Seeds Second iOS 8.4 Beta With Revamped Music App to Developers and Public Beta Testers

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Apple today seeded the second beta of iOS 8.4 to registered developers for testing purposes, two weeks after seeding the first iOS 8.4 beta and nearly three weeks after releasing iOS 8.3 to the public. Today's beta is also the first iOS 8.4 beta to be made available to public beta testers.

The beta, build 12H4086d, is available as an over-the-air download and through the iOS Developer Center.


iOS 8.4 introduces an all-new Music app, which has a revamped design that shows pictures of artists in the Artists view and offers personalized playlists. It includes a new MiniPlayer, a redesigned look for "Now Playing," global search capabilities that make it easier to search within the Music app, and a streamlined design for iTunes Radio to bolster music discovery.


The first iOS 8.4 beta had a long list of bugs associated with the new Music app, and it's likely that today's update fixes several of those issues to make the app more stable.

iOS 8.4's redesigned music app comes ahead of the rumored debut of a revamped streaming music service that could make an appearance at the Worldwide Developers Conference in June. The upcoming streaming music service is said to be similar to Apple's existing Beats music service, but with a rebranding, a redesign, deeper integration into iTunes, and a focus on exclusive content.

What's new in iOS 8.4 beta 2:

Missing music bug - Several users are reporting that installing iOS 8.4 beta 2 caused them to lose all of their music installed on their devices. Those who have lost music are not able to reinstall it by syncing via iTunes, but going to Preference --> Music --> and turning on "Show All Music" has solved the problem for some users with missing music.

Trending Search - When searching for a song on iTunes Radio using the new global search feature, a list of trending searches is displayed.



Fixes - According to the release notes, Apple has addressed a number of issues from the first beta, including resolving a crashing Music app when used with CarPlay, adding search back to the iPad version of the App Store, and fixing problems with MFi GPS accessory support. The company has, however, yet to address most of the many Music apps bugs documented in the first beta, as they remain listed in the release notes for the new beta.

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ttss6

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Does iOS 8.4 remove the album art grid while in landscape on the iPhone? I hope they change it on the 6 Plus to better utilize the larger display
 

D-Dave

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Could someone check if Audiobook chapters are back...?
(That would be soooooooooo awesome!!!)
 

NMBob

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At least it looks like everything will be jammed together with no border between the items to make it easier to make sense of. Apple's interfaces have arrived at the crap level.
 

thekeyring

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Have any developers delved into the code and found hidden code that points to the subscription service?

I remember when the Photo Booth and FaceTime icons were found in iOS code, confirming some features for iPad 2. And when split-screen multitasking was found buried in iOS 8 code. It would be cool to have that sort of discovery again.
 

BittenApple

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On Beta 1 and it won't show up on Software Update. Restarting my first gen iPad Mini and hoping it will let me upgrade OTA.

edit: upon restart the update was available.
 
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JAQ

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  • iOS gets an updated "Photos" app.
  • "iPhoto" gets replaced with a similar-looking "Photos" app.
  • iOS gets an updated "Music" app.
I wonder what's going to happen next on OS X....
 

fabian9

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Can't wait for "Up Next" - long overdue. Hopefully this also removes cover flow from landscape, or at least gives an option to disable this.
 

jmh600cbr

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Have any developers delved into the code and found hidden code that points to the subscription service?

I remember when the Photo Booth and FaceTime icons were found in iOS code, confirming some features for iPad 2. And when split-screen multitasking was found buried in iOS 8 code. It would be cool to have that sort of discovery again.
i forgot about this, are we still expecting split-screen MT in iOS 9?
 

jmh600cbr

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  • iOS gets an updated "Photos" app.
  • "iPhoto" gets replaced with a similar-looking "Photos" app.
  • iOS gets an updated "Music" app.
I wonder what's going to happen next on OS X....
iTunes already kind of looks like this, and has "recently added" and "up next" i think for this case, it went the opposite direction....which i consider unfortunate because iTunes is wayyyyyyyyyyyy too heavy.
 

dberezin

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The public beta shows up as Beta 1. Is the Public Beta 1 the same as the developer beta 2?
 
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