Apple Music on Android Testing Support for Android Tablets

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Apple is now beta testing a version of the Apple Music app for Android smartphones that works with larger-screen Android tablets (via Pixel Spot). Found in the 2.7.0 update of Apple Music on Android, when opened on an Android tablet the app now adapts to the increased display area. With the added room, it shows additional playlists, albums, featured artists, songs, and more of what is presented in the selected tab, similar to Apple Music on iPad.

Image via Pixel Spot

In regards to the tabs, Apple Music on Android also now features a bottom bar navigation menu that's close to the one found on the iOS app, with Library, For You, Browse, and Radio all listed at the bottom of the app. On Android, search is still located in the top right corner. Previously, the Android app used a left-hand collapsable hamburger menu for navigation. The full 2.7.0 beta changelog is below:

- Tablet Support: Enjoy Apple Music with an experience designed for a wider range of Android devices.
- Performance improvements for images and audio playback.
- Various bug fixes.

In August, Apple Music updated on Android with support for Android Auto, letting Android smartphone owners control playback of Apple Music songs directly from the infotainment center in their vehicle. Android Auto support was part of Apple Music's 2.6.0 beta on Android, which also included numerous other features already found on Apple Music on iOS: lyric searches, updated artist pages, and the new weekly playlist called "Friends Mix."

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25 months ago
Even the peasants have Apple Music now.
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25 months ago
Apple's showing more support for Android tablets than most Android devs.
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25 months ago

It's been available on Android tablets since the Android app launched, you mean to say they are getting around to optimizing the app for tablets specifically which is new.

And while I agree I don't foresee them doing it voluntarily I do see RCS at least being somewhat of a pending competition and it wouldn't hurt to incentivize people to more exclusive features of Apple through freebies like iMessage that if offered, would eradicate WhatsApp rapidly. Also on the security portion of it, RCS isn't encrypted and that could be another push. Apple is running into shallow water with the prices of their phones putting them out of reach of even beginning to get into the ecosystem to enjoy the full benefits let alone partial ones. It's theories really but I do see just reasons for them to open the gates, even if it's watered down.

I just remembered that Steve Jobs said FaceTime would be open source when it was announced, but I believe that never happened due to a patent dispute. I don't know if I missed that being mentioned in the discussion. Apple has been getting more aggressive in the services arena, so it's not impossible.
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25 months ago

Depends on the new Amazon Apple relationship, I would say that Apple Music will eventually be on the Fire Tablets since it’s shockingly coming to the Echo.

I have Apple Music on my $40 Fire HD 8. I just sideloaded the apk. The UI isn't perfect, but it's as good as most Android tablet apps.
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25 months ago

Well yes iTunes was a great source of media management but you aren't required to own an iPod to use it, granted it does have a revenue generating effect. But to the point of them not being able to split time, they seem to do it just fine with their services that run on Windows and I doubt their overly saturated developer infrastructure would be taxed by taking on something that isn't a wild goose chase for once. Apple picks up and drops new ideas and avenues for products internally on a daily basis and after working with them for over 3 years this would really not be a detriment to dedicate some resources to something long term that's got 95% of the groundwork covered as it is. There is also co-development that already exists to handle their own stuff that does exist like this already to cover both sides of things. They "don't" store any of those features, the backend of the work is through their already optimized systems that don't cost any more to operate than they do now and they already have a capacity to (and do) handle continents worth of traffic that would be generated for the handshakes of device-to-device while the majority of the workload (data) is handed off to the service providers.

iMessages and FaceTime would both consume additional resources on Apple's servers that you seem to be ignoring as well. Who is going to pay for that?
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25 months ago

If they want to get out of the hardware business and be in "services" they better start making everything run on other people's stuff. Music, FaceTime, Messages...

Well, I think precisely zero people think Apple has the vaguest intention of “getting out of” the hardware business...

But, if Services is going to continue to take a more leading role- I agree that some cross platform work on their paid services is definitely in order (obviously, they feel the same... hence, this article).
Not sure why you (or anyone) would think offering their free services like iMessage & FaceTime to non Apple users would be a good idea. That’s ridiculous.
Encouraging people to go ahead & use other hardware, give Apple $0 & 0¢, yet enjoy multiple free services that they bear the cost of??!!! Ummm... towards what end?
Quite intelligently, it seems like they’re going a very different direction- sounds like their new video service will be 100% free, but ONLY available to people with Apple hardware.
Now, THAT is clever! I know if a device came with a Netflix or Amazon Prime subscription, free forever- it’d catch my attention! =)
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