Apple Music App iOS 8.4
Apple has launched a new Music app as part of iOS 8.4 which is seen as the first step in a wider revamp of its music offering to include a Beats-powered streaming service Getty

Apple is expected to unveil its revamp of the way it sells and streams music to its customers at its Worldwide Developers Conference in June 2015, but ahead of that launch it has revealed a new Music app as part of its iOS 8.4 software update.

Apple has released the unfinished mobile software to developers ahead of a public launch in the coming months and the biggest new feature is the inclusion of the new Music app.

Apple is in the process of building a new music streaming service following its acquisition of Beats, which it purchased for $3bn (£1.9bn) in 2014, and the new Music app is likely the first step in a radical overhaul of its entire music offering on iPhone, iPad and iPod.

Apple Music App iOS 8.4
Apple's revamped Music app has been launched with the first beta version of iOS 8.4 released to developers Apple

The new app looks much more like iTunes on the Mac, making it instantly recognisable for those who use Apple's desktop music management software.


The new interface is split into three main sections - My Music, Playlists and Radio - accessible from tabs at the bottom of the screen. Within each section you will find a Recently Added area which will show you the three latest additions - though there is currently no way of seeing more than the last three options.

Apple has also finally added the ability to add a song to your queue or play it next, a feature which has been available on services like Spotify for some time but never before on Apple's iOS devices.

Here are Apple's release notes highlighting some of the main points of the new Music app:

The new app will likely be tweaked several times in the coming weeks and months ahead of iOS 8.4's public release, with Apple typically seeding numerous beta versions of its mobile software updates ahead of final release.

Chance Millar at 9to5Mac has had a look at the beta version of the Music app and while he says there are still some features that need to be tweaked, overall the new software is "promising".

Developers can download iOS 8.4 beta through the Apple Developer Center website.