All new with Apple Music on iOS 16

One of the reasons to be excited about a WWDC is to preview what’s coming to Apple Music. With iOS 16, unfortunately, Apple didn’t announce a ton of new features for its music streaming service – unlike any other years. That said, there are still a few features and tweaks that users will love when using Apple Music with iOS 16, especially now that its first public beta has been released.

Apple Music on iOS 16 allows users sort playlists. Traditionally, all Music app playlists have been sorted by the order in which songs were added to the playlist: earliest added songs at the top and most recently added songs at the bottom.

With this new feature of Apple Music on iOS 16, you can sort your playlist by title, artist, album, etc. Also, when you open a singer/band profile, there is a new Favorite toggle that you can “keep track of the artists you care about most with new music notifications and improved recommendations”.

Apple Music on iOS 16 also introduces:

  • Volume HUD has adjustment on Apple Music app. It looks like the bar that indicates the length of the song;
  • When looking for albums, playlists, singles, etc., you’ll notice that the covers are more rounded;
  • The Apple Music widget in the iOS 16 lock screen is now different. It also shows the devices you’re listening to (a HomePod, AirPods, Beats headphones, and even wired headphones);
  • When using SharePlay via Messages, it now synced activities such as movies, music, workouts, games, etc. with friends while chatting in Messages;
  • You can drag and drop songs to add to the queue next (thank you, hide);
  • You can move music from one HomePod to another without it streaming to the other HomePod (thank you george).

Apple Music users will greatly benefit from a new feature called Custom spatial audio. Available to AirPods 3, AirPods Pro, and AirPods Max users on iOS 16, this feature uses your iPhone’s TrueDepth sensor to create a 3D map of your face and ears while using an AirPods device.

Custom Spatial Audio dramatically improves the sound quality of Dolby Atmos with Spatial Audio, and it’s definitely worth a try once it’s available to all users later this fall.

Finally, in iOS 16 beta 3, Apple added a new music and podcast preview to the lock screen. While it also works with third-party apps, it’s nice to see how it looks on Apple’s own Music app.

iOS 16 Beta Music Lock Screen

These are the characteristics could find on Apple Music with iOS 16 for now. Did you discover anything different? Share your thoughts on our social networks.

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