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Apple Music Rolling Out Update With 'Coming Soon' Section, Album Launch Dates, and New Artist Profiles

Apple appears to be rolling out a series of updates for Apple Music today, including a small but useful new section called "Coming Soon," which allows subscribers to check out new albums about to be released over the next few weeks. On iOS and macOS, the hub is located in the Browse tab > New Music > scroll down to find Coming Soon > tap "See All." Music Videos were previously the last thing to see here, but now Apple has introduced Coming Soon as well.


The hub lists artists from a variety of different genres, with impending albums from Panic! At The Disco ("Pray For the Wicked", June 22), Florence + The Machine ("High As Hope", June 29), Interpol ("Marauder", August 24), and more. With only about 10 albums listed, Coming Soon isn't an entirely definitive source of every upcoming album on Apple Music, but albums have been added to the section throughout the morning so it appears Apple will be continuously expanding this area.

On macOS, there is a drop down menu for sorting options, but it only has a "Recent Bestsellers" option at this point. Apple could update this to make it even easier to sort upcoming albums by release dates, genres, and more. On iOS, however, there is no sorting option at this time.

Coming Soon on macOS

In another addition, Apple is now making it possible to easily see album launch dates on their respective pages on iOS and macOS. In the Editors' Notes section, following the traditional encouragement to add the pre-release album to your library, there's a new line that begins "Album expected..." followed by the album's specific release date. Some albums not listed in Coming Soon still have a release date specified on their pages, so this update appears to be a bit more wide-ranging.

Lastly, another rollout appears to be happening today in regards to artist profiles, showing up as of now only in iTunes on macOS. These profiles have a slightly tweaked layout with artist portraits in circular bubbles, and a "Featured Release" that includes release dates.


There's also a "Play" button next to the artist's name, which was first noticed by iOS 12 beta testers and appears to be launching now for all Apple Music users, although as of writing MacRumors has only seen profile updates on a computer running macOS 10.13.4 and not on iOS. This button shuffles all of an artist's music at once.

The Coming Soon tab and release dates have appeared for multiple users on iOS 11.4, as well as on macOS 10.13.4. Apple didn't mention Apple Music during its WWDC keynote and at this time doesn't appear to be planning a major update to the app this fall. Besides the updated artist profiles, iOS 12 beta testers have discovered that subscribers will be able to perform searches for music via lyric snippets.

(Thanks, Ram K and Jack!)



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19 weeks ago
The UI is still a huge mess

Hopefully iOS 3000 will change that
Rating: 16 Votes
19 weeks ago
Apple Music UI is a mess and confusing.

Spotify is more elegant and the the new music showcased is amazing ...

Apple Music keeps showing me the same songs over and over again.
Spotify changes every day !! i found loads of cool new artists.
Rating: 9 Votes
19 weeks ago
That's all nice and stuff, but I'd rather see them focus their attention on cleaning up their messy UI and doing something about double or triple album listings on artist's pages.
Rating: 6 Votes
19 weeks ago

Nice to see album release dates in there, although it would be MUCH more useful if that information actually transferred over into your library when pre-releases are added

At this point I'm just happy pre-releases are starting to successfully appear in my library without having to delete what I had before, search, then add it again. Now if notifications just worked!
Rating: 6 Votes
19 weeks ago

Apple Music UI is a mess and confusing.

Spotify is more elegant and the the new music showcased is amazing ...

Apple Music keeps showing me the same songs over and over again.
Spotify changes every day !! i found loads of cool new artists.


Depending on your musical tastes, Apple Music's suggestion algorithm is an absolute train-wreck.
Rating: 6 Votes
19 weeks ago

Why is it a mess? Doesn't it function properly or just looks ugly to look at? Design and UI isn't just how it looks but how it functions and between Apple Music and Spotify AM wins function wise.

I never understood why people say Apple Music interface is a mess. So is every other major music streaming service to some degree. They have the near impossible task of being a "one-stop shop" for 40 million songs and tens of millions of users. Improvements can always be made but I'd hardly call it a mess. Everyone expects something slightly different since music is a very personal thing.

Spotify does a few things better than Apple Music and visa versa.

Everyone wants to complain but few have any solution on how to do it better. Theres a reason Apple and Spotify have loads of happy music customers. Clearly they're doing something right.
Rating: 5 Votes
19 weeks ago
Now they need to add the option to read reviews of albums, and I will be happy. Oh, and also allow us to sort an artists album by popularity, not release date,.
Rating: 5 Votes
19 weeks ago
Oh my god, is this an actual useful update to Apple Music? Waiting for someone to tell me Spotify or Tidal does this already...
Rating: 5 Votes
19 weeks ago

I guess we will see new Tupac, Beatles, Michael Jackson albums in “coming soon” section


No that would be in the "Gone to soon" section.
Rating: 4 Votes
19 weeks ago
They just cannot be serious about these new banners...
Rating: 4 Votes

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