The streaming service gets a new look on its one-year anniversary.
Apple Music has been given a makeover, with a cleaner black and white interface, song lyrics and larger album artwork among the changes.
The streaming service overhaul was announced at the keynote for Apple’s annual WWDC developer conference by Apple Music executive Eddy Cue, where the company also announced the service has now racked up 15 million paid subscribers.
As well as a much cleaner and less cluttered interface, Apple announced new personalised features, including a recently played section, a weekly playlist called “Discovery Mix” and daily curated playlists tailored to individual users.
Apple has also removed the widely criticised “Connect” tab from the app, which was touted as a way for artists to reach their fans more effectively with a feed for updates, videos and exclusive tracks. Rather than remove the ability for artists to create updates entirely, Apple has moved the feature to the “For You” tab artist profile pages.
The improvements will come to MacOS, tvOS and the iOS versions of Apple Music and iTunes, and will arrive with iOS 10 later this year.
Response to Apple’s streaming service has been mixed since launching in June 2015. While it’s picked up an impressive 15 million paid subscribers in just under a year, the interface has been a point of contention for many users.
Despite having exclusive albums from high-profile artists such as Drake and Radiohead that haven’t been on Spotify from release day, Apple Music is still behind its rival, which has 30 million paid subscribers.