Apple releases iOS 8.4 with Apple Music, Beats 1, and all-new Music app

As promised, Apple has just released the iOS 8.4 software update featuring an all-new Music app for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch to the public after testing with developers since mid-April. While it includes smaller changes throughout, the update primarily delivers an overhauled Music app with Apple Music (notice the new icon), its brand new subscription music streaming service, and Beats 1, its 24/7 live radio station that launches today.

Other changes include audiobook playback moving to the built-in iBooks app with support for CarPlay while textbooks created using iBooks Author will now be available on the iPhone.

In addition to the Apple Music service, non-subscribers will still notice a redesigned Music app an Up Next feature for managing current music playback and access to Apple’s Beats 1 streaming radio station. With Apple Music, iOS 8.4 includes artist activity and access to a streaming music catalog built-in to the Music app.

Beats Music subscribers can migrate their music libraries to Apple Music using the latest software version on iOS while Spotify and Rdio subscribers can try this unofficial workaround to migrate playlists.

Apple Music is available for free for three months in over 100 countries. United States pricing starts at $9.99/month for individual users then goes to $14.99/month for group plans through Family Sharing that include up to six users.

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The update also includes a fix for the infamous ‘effective power’ iMessage bug discovered last month.

The iOS 8.4 release is available as an OTA software update within the Settings app on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, or through iTunes for devices with limited storage availability.

iOS 8.4

This update introduces Apple Music—a revolutionary music service, 24/7 global radio, and a way for fans to connect with their favorite artists—all included in the redesigned Music app. iOS 8.4 also includes improvements for iBooks and bug fixes.

Apple Music

  • Become an Apple Music member to play from millions of songs in the Apple Music catalog, or keep them offline for playback later
  • For You: Members can see playlist and album recommendations, handpicked by music experts
  • New: Members can find the latest, greatest new music available – direct from our editors
  • Radio: Tune in to music, interviews, and exclusive radio shows on Beats 1, play radio stations created by our editors or create your own from any artist or song
  • Connect: See shared thoughts, photos, music, and videos from artists you follow, then join the conversation
  • My Music: Play from all of your iTunes purchases, songs from Apple Music, and playlists in one place
  • Completely redesigned music player that includes new features such as Recently Added, MiniPlayer, Up Next, and more
  • iTunes Store: Still the best place to buy your favorite music—one song or album at a time.
  • Availability and features may vary by country

iBooks improvements and fixes

  • Browse, listen and download audiobooks from inside iBooks
  • Enjoy the all-new Now Playing feature, designed specifically for audiobooks
  • Books that are Made for iBooks now work on iPhone in addition to iPad
  • Find and pre-order books in a series right from your library
  • Improves accessibility of widgets, glossary and navigation in books made with iBooks Author
  • New default Chinese font
  • New setting to turn off Auto-Night theme in your library
  • Resolves an issue that may have prevented Hide Purchases from working
  • Resolves an issue that may have prevented downloading books from iCloud

Other improvements and bug fixes

  • Fixes an issue where receiving a specific series of Unicode characters causes device to reboot
  • Fixes an issue that prevented GPS accessories from providing location data
  • Fixes an issue where deleted Apple Watch apps could re-install

For information on the security content of this update, please visit this website:

http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1222

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Comments

  1. Michael Weisberg - 8 years ago

    Huh??? The 8.4 beta is still available on the dev portal. If this official?

  2. Cory © (@Nardes) - 8 years ago

    218mb on my iPhone 6… let’s do this!

  3. Dan Paliotta - 8 years ago

    any idea if they’ll be updating iOS 9 betas with Apple Music today?

    • Jordan Krahn (@jkrahn) - 8 years ago

      It seems like Beats 1 is suddenly working on iOS 9 beta 2 – so not sure if they won’t need a new beta for it to work? Wasn’t working until about an hour ago for me.

      • stickyicky97 - 8 years ago

        Beats 1 is on iOS 9 beta 2 and active, but Apple Music and the new iTunes icon aren’t.

      • Patrick (@PatrickPoech) - 8 years ago

        Is Beats 1 only available in specific countries? Cause here in Austria (running iOS9 Beta 2) it does not work.

  4. truth42 - 8 years ago

    It’s here in the UK.

  5. Jonny - 8 years ago

    Wasn’t seeing it but after force-quitting Settings.app and re-checked the Software Update… it was there! Updating now.

  6. James Alexander - 8 years ago

    I hope they update the IOS 9 beta today.

  7. Christian Roy - 8 years ago

    I don’t see anything in Canada and Apple Developper

  8. tekenology - 8 years ago

    222MB for me. About done

  9. AeronPeryton - 8 years ago

    203MB download already available on my Japanese 5S.

  10. Nathan Roth - 8 years ago

    Downloading 8.4 now! Will their be an update to iTunes for  Music as well?

  11. davidt4n - 8 years ago

    Any major annoying bugs?

    • tekenology - 8 years ago

      Phone updating, will keep you posted

    • tekenology - 8 years ago

      My 6 Plus is rocking Apple Music

    • Noah Allen - 8 years ago

      A LOT of people are having problems connecting to the iCloud music library, including me. It says “iCloud Music Library can’t be enabled.” Several people say that it has taken several tries to get it to remain on.

      • Tony Lee - 8 years ago

        Rebooting (iPhone), fixed that issue for me.

    • PhilBoogie - 8 years ago

      Beats me¡

    • AJ R (@ajthemacboy) - 8 years ago

      The only bug I’ve found is that when reduce motion is turned on, going back to the homescreen (with home button or multitouch gesture) icons don’t show up immediately.

      However, the new Music app has major lag.

  12. GadgetBen - 8 years ago

    Lets hope this update flicks the switch for Apple Pay UK

  13. Jiří P. (@rewolwer) - 8 years ago

    Is the fix for the security vulnerability reported also here: http://bit.ly/1IOUxlj included in this update?

  14. GadgetBen - 8 years ago

    My App store is showing an update too but won’t download

  15. Isn’t it coming a new version of iTunes on the mac today? along with this new music feature.

  16. Updating on iOS 8.4 right now via OTA update. God bless Steve

  17. Graham Ferguson - 8 years ago

    Hope the itunes update is available soon

  18. jordane500 - 8 years ago

    Yosemite 10.10.4 has also been released.

  19. OS X 10.10.4 has just been released too

  20. Leo Chan - 8 years ago

    The download speed is so slow. :(

  21. TechSHIZZLE.com - 8 years ago

    As much as I’m looking forward to Apple Music, I’m not giving up my Split View, Slide Over, and updated Notes app in iOS 9. Hope to see an update very soon for iOS 9.

  22. Eduardo Freitas - 8 years ago

    The OS X 10.10.4 has been released as well lol

  23. Tim Wells (@timwells15) - 8 years ago

    Listening to Beats 1 right now, did anyone else tuned in hear Zane talking with someone in a control room?

  24. kjl3000 - 8 years ago

    Stuck on “requesting Update” on iPad Air 2 with latest 8.4 public beta … iPhone (8.3) updating fine though …

    • GadgetBen - 8 years ago

      I too have the same issue on Public Beta 8.4 iPhone 6 Plus

      • GadgetBen - 8 years ago

        Been 45 minutes, have hard restarted my phone but still nothing

      • mariobros27772 - 8 years ago

        I got it. Instead of restarting my phone, I shut it off for a bit. Then when I turned on and tried again, the download started.

      • GadgetBen - 8 years ago

        Tried that still stuck in update requested

      • GadgetBen - 8 years ago

        2 hours later and update still is stuck, tried turning phone off and leaving, its 100% charged on charger, reset. Nothing. Current software Public Beta 8.4

    • mariobros27772 - 8 years ago

      Same here. My iPhone 6 is stuck on this. Closed out the app and restarted my phone with no luck. I was on the 8.4 beta as well.

      • GadgetBen - 8 years ago

        Can someone report this to 9to5 to see if this is a bug?

    • kjl3000 - 8 years ago

      A Restart didn’t help, stuck for almost 45 min now. Itunes Update showed “This Version (8.4) is the current one”… :)

    • kjl3000 - 8 years ago

      Ok, got it… Delete profile,restart and update! Thanx AppleDavid over at Macrumors! :)

      • Kevin Noah - 8 years ago

        Thx for that tip. I was waiting now for 3 1/2h.

    • Delete your Apple Developer Profile Under Settings->General->Profiles then reboot your phone and go back into Software Update. Worked for me.

  25. Justin G (@JuiceInVA) - 8 years ago

    If you are on iOS 9 beta, are you unable to get the new music app?

    • stickyicky97 - 8 years ago

      I’m in the same boat. I have Beats 1, but no Apple Music. I assume they will push out a new beta today to address this. At least they better.

  26. Graham Ferguson - 8 years ago

    Updated everywhere apart from iTunes on Windows which still doesn’t seem to be available

  27. Jesse Cook-Huffman - 8 years ago

    The over the air update for my iPhone 6 running the latest 8.4 beta was 1.2GB in size. Was everyone else’s really only around 250mb??

  28. Mitch Lui - 8 years ago

    Downloading, finishing after 25 mins

  29. Chase Hayes - 8 years ago

    iTunes 12.2 now available to download on apple.com.

  30. What about iTunes on Macs? I own an iPhone 4 so no iOS 8.4 for me :(

  31. AlexFirth - 8 years ago

    Come on Apple, give iOS 9 some love!

  32. Molly Shaker Badr - 8 years ago

    I cannot see the update yet. Is it only certain areas that have received it?

  33. baf2099 - 8 years ago

    Updated my iPhone 6 OTA, attempted to set up Apple Music but getting this error “iCloud Music Library Can’t be enabled. You can enable it later from Music in Settings. Until then, your music won’t be available on your other devices.” Anyone else with this issue?? How to Fix???

  34. it will support to 4s ?

  35. Downloaded 8.4 and Apple Music is downloading all my Songs from iTunes Match for offline listening. Any way to stop this?

  36. Igor Rusinov (@rusinov_) - 8 years ago

    How to turn on explicit lyrics in Apple Music in iOS 8.4?

  37. AirDJ31 - 8 years ago

    Welp. Yet another update where it didn’t fix the bug in my music app where songs where showing improper song tagging and missing album covers. However, some people in this thread who’ve had the same problem said the update fixed it for them (https://discussions.apple.com/thread/6877056?start=0&tstart=0). I have no clue how this could be fixed now.

  38. anthonyharris7 - 8 years ago

    Anybody know if the new music app prevents “infinite scroll” in the artist album view? Scrolling through every song of every album is annoying especially when said artist has many albums. Thanks

  39. jupuddles - 8 years ago

    The new music app won’t show music that is stored locally on my iPhone. I have pressed the button for offline play too, but still it will not show up. Now if I connect it to iTunes it just says that all of the information is other

  40. Gabriel Policena - 8 years ago

    Do I have to pay for using Radio Beats?

  41. jdropp - 8 years ago

    Why is it so difficult to shuffle ‘My Music’ now?

  42. Pedro Pontes - 8 years ago

    I have a relatively large music library on itunes, that i’ve been using for about 8 years on my windows pcs. a lot of my music is in apple lossless, so i can play them on my iphone. i had about 18gb of lossless songs on it (it’s a 32gb 5s). until today, when i installed 8.4 and activated apple music. first of all, to enable the “save for offline” feature to the service, i had to activate the “icloud music library” on settings, which, as some people said here, was resulting in an error. but then i finally was able to activate it, merging my songs instead of replacing them (i wouldn’t want my alac files to be switched to 256kbps aac, right?). so i started downloading some songs from an indie band i like and can’t find their albums on cd-quality files anywhere, i only had one of their cds, which was on my iphone. so, adding the other albums to “my music” and then making them available offline is when it started to get really weird. first, some songs would download and others wouldn’t. then, those downloaded songs would just disappear and some others would appear. then, the songs from the album that i previously had, which had different versions in one of the other albums, with different arrengements etc, would simply not download at all because aparently, since i already had them, i wouldn’t need another copy, even if the song was actually different. and then, out of the blue, a lot of my local music started appearing with messed up artwork, from other albums from the same artist or even from different artist, and let me tell you something, i always have my album arts right, and they all were completely ok 2 hours ago when i still was on 8.3. so ok, i connected the phone to my pc to delete those songs with f*cked up artwork and transfer them again. except itunes wouldn’t let me. so i disabled the “manually manage songs” option and waited for all the songs to be deleted. and they weren’t. so i tried to transfer some new songs, just for some peace of mind. and then the cherry on top appeared. i couldn’t transfer my songs to my phone because “itunes match is activated”. yeah, i’d have to turn off the icloud music library on my phone, which lasted ages for me to even be able to activate, to transfer my lossless longs to it, then losing the ability to download the songs from the streaming service for offline listening. so, yeah, i’m pretty mad at apple right now.

  43. Duncan Calder - 8 years ago

    you can have an option of “Shuffle all songs” anymore!! I don’t like that, but i like the up next thing even though i can’t figure it out

    • bungobaggins - 8 years ago

      I don’t care much about Apple Music, but I was waiting for them to add Up Next. I have been using Up Next ever since it came out in iTunes 11.

      As for Shuffle All Songs, you now need to tap on any song to begin, given that you are in the Songs view and Shuffle is turned on.

  44. Andrew Hoyt - 8 years ago

    Bugs: 1) Took ~20 tries to get iCloud enabled. It did finally work.
    2) Adding music to My Music (for offline listening) has only worked once (about 20 tries). Usually get the “Done” message, but the music does not show up in My Music

  45. Well I just downloaded the software update and have lost all my music that I had on Beats….needless to say I’m pissed

  46. ruslev (@ruslev) - 8 years ago

    my iphone 4s beats app doesnt recoginize newly installed ios 8.4 and will not allow migration to apple music

  47. Norm Fan - 8 years ago

    Uh, where’d the “shared” button so I can connect to my iTunes library at home…?

  48. Is there a limit of time to when we start using the 3 month trial? For example, imagine I start the trial in September, will I get Apple Music for free until December?

  49. Graham Ferguson - 8 years ago

    So where is the new music piece in OSX and Windows. Running 10.10.4 in OSX and don’t see anything in iTunes and running iTunes 12.1.2 in Windows (latest version)?

    • Graham Ferguson - 8 years ago

      OK ignore the OSX piece (computer hadn’t restarted correctly) but can’t seem to update Windows to get the new functionality

  50. Graham Ferguson - 8 years ago

    Can anyone get Apple Music in iTunes in either OSX or Windows. Won’t work for me on either but fine on my iphone and ipad…really frustrating

  51. Jake Becker - 8 years ago

    I like, but I’m a little dumbfounded that there is no available “shuffle all” button in Music. Sure, Siri will do it, but they couldn’t have thrown that in…? Or is it hidden somewhere…

  52. Adding a song to a playlists works 50% of the time.
    The UI is confusing: For example there’s inconsistent indications as to whether I have a song downloaded or not.
    I’m following hundreds of people I have no care for.
    Avril Lavigne won’t leave me alone.
    How do I modify my favourite genres/artists after the initial ‘For You’ setup?
    “x song cannot be downloaded as it was not purchased with this Apple ID” I’m subscribed to Apple Music, I thought the point was that I don’t need to buy it?
    I can add a playlist to itself? Why? Why would I or anyone ever want to do this? Doing so accidentally results in duplicate songs in a playlist which have to be individually removed. Surely it should automatically merge out duplicates?
    So you can minimise the ‘player’ portion of the app when a song is playing and you can browse the rest of the app. But you cannot remove the bar along the bottom entirely if you’re not listening any more.
    There are STILL problems when playback is interrupted by other apps – YouTube for example. Listen to a song, then load YouTube and start a video. The song stops playing but is also removed from the Control Centre so you can’t restart it quickly; you have to restart the music app and play it from there.

  53. Ella Moore - 8 years ago

    my ipo 5 generation just told me i could update it and the last time i updated it i got ibooks and podcast just like a iphone i also got the real siri!ipod 5 gens are better than a iphone they also have a slightly bigger screen and they are cheeper!:)

  54. chiefresident - 8 years ago

    hey folks – loren kramar is awesome! you remember the song from the keynote?

  55. Jeffrey V Nase - 8 years ago

    My music and videos were all on my iPad (via iTunes sync) prior to updating to iOS 8.4 today. Now they are gone except for those that were purchased through iTunes.. Did the update delete my music and videos?

    • Rhonda Smith - 8 years ago

      I’m having the exact same problem. I found if I turn off iCloud music library they are all back. Only issue with it off you can’t store any songs from Apple music locally. Hoping for a fix soon

  56. kacperro97 - 8 years ago

    I can’t pull this menu with flashlight toggle and changing songs. Am I the only one?

  57. Jamie Lunn - 8 years ago

    Has anyone else had the issue where once you sign in to use Apple Music it completely takes over your locally synced music and changes artwork etc. This is a massive deal breaker for me as it doesn’t even get the artwork right half the time if you have a rare album or a album it doesn’t know. Particularly bad for compilations!

    • Jamie Lunn - 8 years ago

      Also, as a few people have posted. If you use offline music there is quite a bit if lag there… Unusable actually.

    • Rhonda Smith - 8 years ago

      I’m having the exact same problem. I found if I turn off iCloud music library they are all back. Only issue with it off you can’t store any songs from Apple music locally

    • Miłosz Michałowski - 8 years ago

      Unfortunately it happened to me. At first, some of the album cover went missing. Then every album is coverless… So annoying and not the first time that iOS messes that up.

  58. Don Carroll - 8 years ago

    apple music on my iphone6plus has no “artist” tab at the bottom…just “mymusic” in the bottom right corner. If you are searching down the “songs” list, you must scroll all the way back up to the top, to change the sorting to “Artist”…really?? Also, it doesn’t find any artist that I bought in a compilation album…I bought 2 Scorpions songs form the iTunes Millennium Masters Album….Apple music won’t list
    The Scorpions as an artist anymore…I have to physically type the words Scorpions in the search box and it comes up from somewhere..? This is the worst update known to mankind…

  59. Aung Thu Ya - 8 years ago

    why my ipad air 2 show the note ios 8.3 your software is up to date until has released ios 8.4

  60. lidadorte - 8 years ago

    I lost some of my music I purchased even I go to iTunes Store I any even click it – eg John legend etc what’s is with ios8.4 ??? last time I recall they said I purchased U2 albums which I did not , crap –

  61. Ranjith R Ravindran - 8 years ago

    full of bugs!

  62. Nina Khmielnitzky - 8 years ago

    Stupid Music service doesn’t work. I can’t play any of my music on my iPhone. Thanks Apple for making me switch to Samsung. I hate you!

  63. cathygamboa23 - 8 years ago

    It’s not letting me update. Ugh! Keeps on saying error!

  64. Eric (@illstr8r) - 8 years ago

    My issues since I’ve upgraded to 8.4?
    • Battery drain on my 6+ is the worst I’ve seen since my 4S. Typically can get through a day and never dip below 65%… the day isn’t over and I am sitting on 35% and haven’t used my phone for anything but checking twitter and mail today.
    • Siri isn’t working at all
    • Voice dictation is also not working (toed to Siri problem?)

    Not too thrilled with this update at the moment.

  65. Tobias Horbrügger - 8 years ago

    all my playlists are gone and i can’t figure out how to synch my playlists from itunes to my iphone. Anyone else struggling with this bug?

    • markyslash - 8 years ago

      I had same issue. Tried logging out and in again but didn’t fix it. Turned out that Apple Music had automatically logged me in with my Apple ID rather than my iTunes ID, so logged in again with iTunes ID and it fixed it (after a few minutes). Whole thing is still a PITA though – so needlessly complex, buggy and confusing. And bizarrely, it seems you can’t actually directly buy a song that you hear on Beats – how crap is that? Bet the artists are loving that ‘feature’!

  66. I updated I5c but its restarting again amd again…. any solution for this

  67. Coswald - 8 years ago

    Bugs so far:
    -iTunes dropping songs from my playlists
    -can’t edit a playlist. When I try it either doesn’t take it it rearranges songs in a random order
    randomly -turns on Shuffle and 1-Song Repeat

  68. Rene Hart (@mystic4pt6) - 8 years ago

    I am NOT HAPPY with the iOS 8.4 updates. Is there a way to revert back to the previous version? Why can I not shuffle my library with one click? Can’t wait to see what other treasures there are to discover. This is going to suck.

  69. Irene Turner - 8 years ago

    So, cool looking new icon etc…but my music keeps repeating the same song over and over, even when pressing shuffle on my playlist. What’s with that? I tried syncing again to my computer. Still, when I go to a favorite playlist and hit shuffle one song plays over and over and I don’t know where to go to change it? Any ideas? It’s annoying

  70. Arnas Ignas Strumila - 8 years ago

    Hey! i update to 8.4, and now I have no sound problems.. Plz help!!

  71. maxpower144 - 8 years ago

    Why did they take the shuffle off songs?

  72. Umair Ahmed - 8 years ago

    ever since i updtaed to this my ipod 5 keeps endlessy restarting itslef, and its not jailbroken. does anyone know how to fix it

  73. Paul Fishman (@fi5hm4n) - 8 years ago

    This SUCKS! I liked the old free iTunes radio, I wish I could go back.

  74. I cannot dowload music from my computer to my iphone, everytime i add to device it says it goes through but it is not on my iphone?

  75. Melinda Dean Reed - 8 years ago

    Some of my music will no longer play after I updated. On my playlists it plays the same song over and over and will no longer shuffle unless I hit the shuffle icon after each song, am I doing something wrong? I am totally frustrated.

    • Pamela Adler - 8 years ago

      agreed….what happened to my ability to shuffle all my songs! I am not liking this change at all! Please advise how to shuffle all?

    • Cami Ivers - 8 years ago

      When you want to shuffle your music you need to go to any song hit play then its at the bottom of the screen there are symbols for shuffle and repeat. Press the symbol on the left and it will shuffle the songs on your play list

      • Cami Ivers - 8 years ago

        When the song plays on the bottom of the screen you need to press the song playing to open it up to make it fit the screen, then hit the bottom left shuffle icon. Sorry I forgot to put that on my first reply

  76. John M. Haynes - 8 years ago

    this is an insanely idiotic update. Yes, the apple music features are great – if you want streaming music. I bought a 64gb iphone just to carry MY music… and not have to waste my limited data to play it. Whisky Tango Foxtrot, Apple.

    Navigating playlists became a pain in the a$$. If I start a song and want to re-start it or move to a different part… nope, can’t do that anymore. Not even from the lock screen. This is ALMOST enough to make me want to go back to android. one of the big reasons I switched was because the music player and iTunes combo were so easy to use and intuitive. this is crap, Apple. More proof that without Jobs, you are lost and clueless.

  77. Jenn Soto - 8 years ago

    I seriously hate the new update! Made it that much more difficult to add or delete music from my phone!

  78. Catherine Marie Finne - 8 years ago

    I hate the way this layout looks. Apple music should at least be one section of your music instead of taking over the whole thing. I liked how easy it was to click artists or songs or genres. Now it’s hard to see and I can’t edit the way it looks. Im never going to use the “for you”, “new”, “radio”, or “connect”, so why can’t I edit it to where I don’t have to see it and only see artists, songs, and playlists. Very disappointed. Wish I never updated my phone.

  79. adelesamantha2015 - 8 years ago

    Thanks for the article! Netflix app, Hulu, or BBC is great on iPhone. If live outside USA, you can use tools like UnoTelly to get Netflix app, Hulu, or BBC on your iPhone.

  80. Aleah (@awiiakid320) - 8 years ago

    This new update sucks. i like the old beats and music apps. the new apple music layout is cool and everything but i don’t like the way it runs. and why the heck wont it let me make another beats account on my laptop like it did before.it says registration not availible

  81. Aleah (@awiiakid320) - 8 years ago

    I ALSO HATE HOW YOU NEED TO START PLAYING A SONG BEFORE YOU CAN SHUFFLE. THIS NEW UPDATE IS AWFUL!!!!!!!!!!

  82. Sydney Gibson - 8 years ago

    Can’t find your music watch my video https://youtu.be/kFMGUZkPMo4

  83. Shane Heron - 8 years ago

    How do i access the music i already have on my device ? after i updated i cant find it

  84. Cherry Bringas - 8 years ago

    Absolutely HATE 8.4

  85. Jake Ohlde - 8 years ago

    Not a fan of the new update. How the heck do you delete songs? I have a handful that I need to just get rid of so I have a little extra space, but how do I go about doing that?

  86. Debbi Duffy (@daduffy) - 8 years ago

    This is crazy. Have no idea how to repeat my playlist. Shuffling playlists is confusing and not sure if its really on or off. You need to fix this!

  87. Michael Pov - 8 years ago

    The new music app is absolutely terrible.

    First, off they try to force you into paying for their music services. Not only is this type of brute force marketing annoying but it’s an assault on the consumer.

    Second, they’ve removed a lot of the basic features that we’ve come to expect from our music. For instance it’s virtually impossible to shuffle all music. Also you can no longer view your music in a simple list, but rather everything is organized by artist and album as if I only want to listen to a single album. The only way around this is to manually add things to the up next, but even then it seems you can’t shuffle it beyond that.

    Third, they’ve trying to stream line the controls and options. At first that might not sound like a big deal, but it means that as a user you are faced with limited options and no ability to locate features short of a fucking tutorial. Options, people need options…

  88. Paul Renzetti - 8 years ago

    This new music player blows. I can’t figure it out. Too difficult to find albums.

  89. saifahmed777 - 8 years ago

    I liked the older version of the Music app. Simpler, has all of your content only and is easy to use.

  90. Irene Clark - 8 years ago

    I too don’t like this new upgrade. I used to be able to repeat the playlist or if I just wanted to repeat a song, I was able to do that. Now I can’t find where to go to repeat my playlist or song. I went to the apple store to see if they could help me. the young man that helped he didn’t know what to do or where to go. that was not a good look that they didn’t even know what to do. I wish they would put those two features back and I am totally frustrated and very upset about these changes. What does add to up next mean and why would I want to add to a playlist when I already have a playlist. They seriously need to made re-evaluate this upgrade and fix it.

  91. Janice Lee Willis - 8 years ago

    The fast forward or back buttons in my music does not work!
    Alsqo I don’t like having to make another list a list to go down the music title in my purchased playlist. Before you just played or did shuffle . Now I’m having to make more list just to play in the order I purchased. Have not checked the other playlist fast forward or back buttons. Please correct that!!!

  92. Janice Lee Willis - 8 years ago

    I want my continuous flow of music in the playlist that I developed in the sequence I want. Now it only plays one song continuously. Even in the same album!! This sucks if all you want is for us to buy more music, NOT FROM APPLE!! FIX MY MUSIC. NOW I CANT DRIVE AND LISTEN TO MY PLAYLIST WITHOUT HAVING TO ADD A SONG ALREADY IN MY PLAYLIST TO YOUR NEXT PLAYLIST !!! STUPID, STUPID, AND STUPID,!

  93. Janice Lee Willis - 8 years ago

    It sucks! I will not do any more update, don’t trust you apple any more! And definitely will not buy any more of your products!

  94. Gene Surber - 8 years ago

    As far as I can tell, the bug that deletes your ibooks in iTunes remains. I have over 1500 books in iBooks. iTunes CONSTANTLY changes the setting on its own from “sync all books” to “sync selected books.” Then it deletes books from the device only to recopy them again (after you have to change the setting back). When you unplug the device and replug it to sync, then iTunes goes through the whole sordid process again. This is a longstanding bug that Apple is outright ignoring.

  95. Kesh (@Kesh707) - 8 years ago

    8.4 update is a cluster-fudge! Navigation, shuffle, view, file location etc it’s another indication that Apple are losing touch with their core customer requirements and are happy to send out these inbred updates that only they love.. major nail in apples coffin but it’s been on the horizon for awhile as they can’t help themselves.. I just like things to work and this doesn’t. Time to look at the alternatives – New Samsung Galaxy 6??

  96. Dennis Russell - 8 years ago

    These idiots continue to ruin good products just to sell you something else. First this U2 album gets forced into my library so I have to listen to that crap when I shuffle. The old music player was fine. Now when you shuffle it is only an album, not all your music for the band. Why would I shuffle a single album instead of just listen to it in order? This player is practically unusable. Apple music now officially sucks. I think it’s time to scrap Apple.

  97. Dennis Russell - 8 years ago

    I just needed a place to vent and did not even see the other comments. Now that I have, it is clear that nobody is happy with these changes. I do not want to be forced to look at their add-ins the the music app when I will never use them. I only want to see my music. This should be my choice. Like many others, I cannot figure out how to work this thing in a realistic, usable manner. Every update that is supposed to be an improvement, continues to build towards ruining a good product.
    Get your head out out your rear Apple. By trying to force products on people to try to increase profits you are going to loose your core. I was an Apple convert from PC after debating with friends for years about paying the premium. Once I did I was very happy. Your current practices are really making me question my choice. I do not know if it is greed or stupidity, but you better wake up Apple.

  98. Kathleen Pereira - 8 years ago

    I’m a freaking designer and I can’t even navigate this shit. I loathe this update. It’s stupid.

  99. Barbara Lange - 8 years ago

    I also hate the new update! It was so easy to to hot shuffle and repeat on the old. In response to the answer about just hit the song and you will find shuffle and repeat. It doesn’t work. I get: play next, start a station, create genius playlist etc. SO WHERE DO I FIND SHUFFLE AND REPEAT?

  100. Rick Paul - 8 years ago

    Totally agree this new update totally sucks. Where was the usability study on this one Apple!! Must have been either a clueless design team or management stating how it should look. Guess I will move completely to Spotify and make those playlists offline and remove all local music. Love the phone but hate how Apple forces crap down our throats!!

  101. Sheila Johnson - 8 years ago

    Completely HATE the new music update!! cant play my music when I am on trips cause I have to keep playing with the app to tell it what to do. It only plays 4-5 songs then quits half way through the song and starts playing my playlist from the first song and ends the shuffle mode. Wish they would go back to the last version of music. I don’t live in an area where streaming is available all the time. anyway I have Spotify when I want to stream music I want!

  102. Neil Reinecker - 8 years ago

    Yup…. it’s frustrating, annoying, and a pain in the neck

  103. Neil Reinecker - 8 years ago

    Not to mention it erased my playlists…..and the repeat problem “FIX” didn’t work

  104. Allan Shuford - 7 years ago

    The new music app is absolutely awful. Instead of just checking and unchecking the songs I want and don’t want, it uploads every single song. Not happy with the direction that the music app OR the iTunes software is taking.

  105. James Kolar - 7 years ago

    My audiobook player now sucks really bad! First reason is whenever I want to re-start my audiobook it takes about a minute on my iPhone 5 to do so!. I listen to audiobooks when I go for walks or drives and that extra minute is extremely annoying! Second reason is that when you want to skip a chapter or go back a chapter you have to open up the chapter menu and select the new chapter instead of just pressing one button on the main screen like you would on the old music/audiobook player. Third reason is to fast forward through a certain chapter you have to select a little tiny line which at first I couldn’t even see. It’s not like it’s a video so you have to save a ton of the screen for the picture. just use the screen you have to add the additional and necessary controls.

  106. theanimaster - 7 years ago

    Apple had a great product and they turned it into a useless piece of shit. All that screen real estate and they can’t give you the control you need over your music. HOW F___ING HARD IS IT APPLE, TO MAKE PLAY/PAUSE/SHUFFLE BUTTONS THE PROPER SIZE???

    Quit listening to those losers at BEATS and go back to the old adage: If it ain’t broke, don’t try to F___ING fix it.

  107. Michael Gibbs - 7 years ago

    This is so bad, it makes me angry, I can’t play my albums one after another all albums I created to play my favourite songs and I have about 100 of them. Now what I play one song then need to go find another song from the album? What the hell? has anyone ever seen a worse laid out and more unintuitive music player?

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