Graphic Designer Envisions Apple Music With Simpler UI, Music History Stats, Group Playlists, and More

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    Graphic designer Álvaro Pabesio shared his vision for an updated, enhanced Apple Music on Behance earlier today, and it's an impressively detailed look at UI tweaks and changes that Apple could make to fix a few user gripes with its streaming music app. As you look at Pabesio's designs, remember that this is a concept and in no way indicates or confirms what we'll see with Apple Music in iOS 12 later this year.

    To start off, Pabesio revamped the Library tab, removing the vertical list for Playlists, Artists, Albums, and Songs, and introducing a horizontal tab bar that you can scroll through. With more space afforded from this change, new daily suggestions pop up right in Library for playlists, stations, artists, and personal mixes the app thinks you'll like.

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    Pabesio nixed "For You" completely by introducing features from this tab into other parts of the app, so the second tab is now Browse. Here you can perform the usual artist and album searches, and find the latest songs and new releases, but Pabesio added in a few details to truly expand browsing on Apple Music.

    More information is now displayed on the screen at once, thanks to the reduction of the current app's large image banner carousel and the same horizontal scrolling bar from Pabesio's Library tab. Pabesio highlights a much smaller new album/song carousel at the top of his concept, "Trending now" tracks, and places your personal mixes on this page as well.

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    In the graphic designer's imagining of Apple Music, you can provide even more granular feedback into mood playlists by filling out a prompt, like "I'm [happy] and feeling like [going out]." Pabesio's description says depending on your response Apple Music will take into account the music in your Library, the mood you chose, and find "up to 5 hours of selected music" for you to listen to.

    One of Pabesio's biggest overhauls is a new "Social" tab, taking the rudimentary features Apple added in iOS 11 last September and greatly expanding upon them. When you open the tab you see a similar horizontal tab bar like the one found in Library, and it houses Stats, Friends, Rankings, and more. Apple Music can now show your plays broken down weekly, monthly, yearly, and all time, and even lets you know if you did above or below average in terms of music listening each week.

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    Each user's page now shows their song play counts, following and follower counts, and when you visit someone it'll provide a taste comparison graph, similar to music social network Last.fm. Underneath that, Apple Music profiles now show individually played songs, instead of just displaying the latest albums or playlists the user listened to.

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    These can still be seen too, however, with even more displayed on profiles like playlists, top artists, custom playlists, and more. For Apple's curated playlists, these also show follower counts, as well as up and down arrows to show when songs change position on charted playlists. All of these ideas extend to official artist pages as well.

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    Expanding even further on the social features is a new group playlist ability, so you can create public or private playlists with up to 50 friends. Pabesio also notes tiny fixes like "relevant notifications," a "revamped album view," and the return of double-tapping artwork to love a song.

    Overall, Pabesio's Apple Music concept is an interesting look into ideas that Apple could incorporate into the Music app down the line, and there's much more to check out on his Behance page, including his tweaks to Apple Music on Mac. We should be hearing about any updates coming to Apple Music very soon, with the reveal of iOS 12 and much more at WWDC just two weeks away.

    Article Link: Graphic Designer Envisions Apple Music With Simpler UI, Music History Stats, Group Playlists, and More
     
  2. nortonandreev macrumors 6502

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    Looks nice! (especially the macOS version on behance)
     
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    At first when i read music history, it brought me back to my studies in school and all the baroque to berlioz. That would have been cool, but obviously, they had something else in mind haha
     
  4. ThankYouRob macrumors member

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    Apple Music really needs group/collaborative playlists, as a family membership subscriber, it'd be such a great feature to make road-trip playlists or bbq playlists, or with friends. I would love to see that.
     
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    iTunes used to have a feature like this.
     
  6. TimWillz macrumors regular

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    Looks really good! A lot of these graphic designer mock ups look good to be fair.
     
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    Music app will look ridiculous any way you slice it. There's just too much info required and Apple choose to make everything gigantic.

    There's no real good way to search and select music on a phone interface.
     
  10. haydn! macrumors 6502a

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    I like it. It doesn't feel massively different, but somehow feels better. Guess that just shows Apple didn't quite get the detail right.

    Though... the social bit. Nah, been done before, a few times now and it's failed. Stick to a solid music experience and let the social networks pick up social.
     
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    I'd subscribe to this in a second. Apple Music is missing so many metrics that Spotify has... Play counts, rankings, subscriber counts... A web player!

    The social aspect of this mockup is everything that Apple's missing. Everything in AM is opt-in and it's super limited. Spotify social is freaking great.

    This is perfect.
     
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    Ping! That lasted all 5 minutes and I agree the social aspect is not needed in a Music search app.
     
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    Anyone remember a time when the music app WASN'T this convoluted?
     
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    It would be a welcomed improvement for a new layout interface....

    However first Apple Music still screws up my iTunes playlists...... :mad::mad::mad:
     
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    I like it.

    Can we please get rid of the big bold title fonts?
    That’s all I really want. I don’t know who thought that was a good idea but they’re wrong. That’s my only gripe with iOS’s design in general right now.
     
  18. KazKam macrumors 6502

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    What he fails to account for is that this is the "Music" app, not the "Apple Music" app. More than 90% of iOS users don't subscribe to AM, so the app has to accommodate everyone that wants to play just the music on their phone through this app.

    I fault Apple for this (but this guy still fails to account for it)... Apple hijacked the Music app for AM when AM should have been a separate app. Either that, or disabling AM in the settings should truly give you back the Music app navigation and functionality, pre-AM.

    I can't be alone in not wanting stream my media or show my entire cloud music library on my phone. I chose the music I wanted to sync because that's the music I wanted to listen to, and I don't want to have to wade through all the streaming/curation/recommendation cruft to do that.
     
  19. TheHotdog macrumors newbie

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    Seriously. Must be a slow day for MacRumors to post this trash.

    Never have any of these "artist renditions" ever been used.
     
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    Count me in as a proud member of the Apple sheep army, but Apple’s Music app has been a disaster UI for several years. It’s loaded with hidden menus and clutter.

    I really enjoy Amazon’s Music app. Very simple and clean.
     
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    I see stuff like this and i wonder how apple is so slow and stagnant. I believe that the designers at apple are as good if not better than this guy, just the realities of bureaucracy and business targets and goals mixed with engineering’s own struggles weigh in very heavily on this.
     
  22. Rogifan macrumors P6

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    I’ve never understood why random graphic designers who post stuff on the internet is considered newsworthy. Yet all the rumor sites seem to think so. I remember a few years ago when someone’s awful concept of widgets on the home screen was shared right before WWDC and everyone went nuts over it even though it looked awful. Same with iPhone and Apple Watch concepts that show super thin devices that could never be built and if they were they’d get maybe 2 hours battery life and everyone goes ZOMG! Apple must do this now, fire Tim Cook if they don’t. Of course anybody can mock something up when it just needs to look pretty and they don’t actually have to do any engineering behind it. :rolleyes:
     
  23. Tech198 macrumors G5

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    Great.. more popups... Just want we need...:rolleyes:

    The "status" one is good enough. (top right)

    A suggestion would be to move Apple music out of iTunes altogether and create its own app. None of this, "everything must be bundled in one place to get so cluttered" crap
     
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    Getting rid of that ugly bright pink floating on a whole lot of nothing (white) would be a start to be honest
     
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    I liked when I could tap the album art and see all the songs of the album. Now it takes many actions to do the same thing. That should be the easiest thing to do in a music player.
     

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