“Nearly a year after Apple Music’s debut, Apple is preparing to announce its streaming music service’s first end-to-end overhaul, according to multiple sources familiar with the changes,” Mark Gurman reports for 9to5Mac. “The changes are expected to be shown off at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference in mid-June, and Apple currently plans to launch the updated service across its product lines that currently support Apple Music this fall as part of new operating system versions.”
“The new version of Apple Music, which Apple recently announced has 13 million users so far, focuses on a redesigned user-interface, a few new functions, and reorganization as well as simplification of existing features,” Gurman reports. “The new user-interface ditches the current colorful and translucent look in favor of a simpler design that emphasizes black and white backgrounds and text.”
“While the new interface will eschew color in the user-interface, album artwork will become ‘huge’ and a larger part of the interface in order to avoid a dull black and white look,” Gurman reports. “While the most of the Apple Music service will be redesigned, much of the emphasis is on the ‘For You’ feature, the tab that recommends songs, albums, artists, and music videos. This section will be simplified and better promoted to increase usage of the feature… The new service will also discontinue the ‘New’ tab, which is a jumbled list of top charts, genres, featured music launches, and curated playlists. It will be replaced with a section called “Browse” which better organizes the aforementioned content.”
Read more in the full article here.
MacDailyNews Take: Again, here’s hoping the revamp described by Gurman delivers the intuitiveness that Apple Music currently lacks. We use Apple Music every day, but it’s a freaking mess. To put it bluntly, it’s Microsoftian crap-by-committee in its current form.
If you have to ask yourself “Why is this so difficult? Am I an idiot?” then there is a User Interface problem, not a user problem. This is, after all, what we pay Apple for. Those type of questions are for Windows/Android sufferers, not Mac/iOS users. Who’s responsible for iTunes’ unsettled, rather awful UI, a blind Microsoft reject or nobody at all? – MacDailyNews Take, July 10, 2015
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Apple Music, both on iOS and OS X, is an embarrassing and confusing mess – July 10, 2015
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Fred Mertz” and “Dan K.” for the heads up.]