Apple Music is getting even better with iOS 12

iOS 12 is on it’s way and it’s bringing with it a bunch of new features for Apple’s streaming service making it the best music experience they’ve offered yet.

Now with roughly 50 million songs available for streaming and over 50 million subscribers choosing Apple for their music pleasure the service is becoming a real contender for Spotify’s top spot. Apple are releasing the next generation of it’s mobile operating software and the 12th iteration will see enhancements to Apple Music and will go live on September 17th.

Lyric Search

A pretty massive feature that’s going to save a lot of people trying to find music is Lyric Search, which let’s you search for music using song lyrics. For example, as Verge say after having their hands on the new version for a few weeks, searching for ‘mom’s spaghetti’ will bring up Lose Yourself by Eminem.

Artist Pages

Artist pages are getting an update to push artists even more with larger artwork so that their albums stand out, front and centre. In addition artist discography has been split up into sections so that you can easily explore their releases by Albums, Singles and EPs, live albums, and compilations.

In addition there is now an Essential Albums section showcasing an artist’s top albums, though that may be a point of contention. The play button on artist pages now plays a customised stream of that artist’s tracks rather than just playing all of their songs in order of popularity.

Charts and Playlists

Apple are adding top 100 charts to their music streaming service so that listeners around the world can see what’s hot in the 115 different countries where Apple Music is available. As well they will have a global chart showing the most popular songs on Apple Music everywhere.

A new playlist called Friends Mix presents up a selection of what your friends on Apple Music have been listening to into a personalised playlist. It’s a fun feature that will allow you to dive into the tastes of your friends and hopefully discover something new.

Head of Social Media and Marketing, RouteNote

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