5 New Apple Music Features Coming This Year

With the advent of iOS 17 this coming fall, Apple Music is getting a handful of notable new features that should make using the Music app and the ‌Apple Music‌ streaming service in general a more immersive and enjoyable experience. Below, we run through all the changes and improvements that you can expect to arrive when ‌iOS 17‌ is released later this year.

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1. Collaborative Playlists

Perhaps one of the most requested features coming to ‌Apple Music‌ this year, Collaborative Playlists will give subscribers the ability to invite friends to add and edit songs in a shared playlist. Rival streaming services like Spotify have had similar features for a while now, so it's good to see that Apple has finally read the room.

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When a person adds a song to a Collaborative Playlist, their profile picture appears beside the track. People invited to the playlist will also be able to react to their favorite songs using emoji.

Apple says Collaborative Playlists will be available in an update later this year, so this feature may not be included when ‌‌iOS 17‌ is released in the fall‌.

2. Crossfade

Another feature that rival music streaming services have had for some time is crossfade, and now it's coming to ‌Apple Music‌. That's right – soon you'll be able to smoothly transition between songs so the music never stops.

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If you're running the first ‌iOS 17‌ developer beta, note that trying to enable Crossfade in Settings -> Music invariably crashes the Settings app and locks you out of the Music settings menu. Apple clearly needs more time to iron out a few creases.

3. SharePlay for CarPlay

In ‌iOS 17‌, when you're playing music via CarPlay, there's a new SharePlay option that lets you play from an iPhone other than the one that's connected to the car.

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Image credit: @DenisMarciniak

By accepting a notification or scanning a QR code, soon even passengers in the back seat will be able to play their favorite music and contribute to what's playing.

4. Camera Support for Karaoke

If you've not used ‌Apple Music‌ Sing before, the feature basically uses the app's built-in follow-along lyrics, while also adding a toggle to turn down the vocals of a song to replace them with your own.

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In ‌iOS 17‌, you'll also be able to watch yourself perform your favorite hits at your own karaoke party. That's because ‌Apple Music‌ Sing is getting support for Continuity Camera, which lets you wirelessly pair your ‌iPhone‌ or iPad with a Mac or Apple TV 4K and use it as a camera.

5. Redesigned UI

The ‌Apple Music‌ app user interface is receiving some nice quality of life improvements and design tweaks. The music player now features full-screen animated artwork on supported albums, allowing them to seamlessly blend into the media playback controls at the bottom.

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In addition, when you minimize the music player, it takes on a depth effect that makes it appear as though it's hovering over the rest of the interface as you navigate through the app. Lastly, Apple is making non-synced lyrics easier to read by adopting a larger and more legible font.

Want to try the new ‌Apple Music‌ features for yourself? If you can't wait for the official release – and you have a spare ‌iPhone‌ that isn't your daily driver – the ‌iOS 17‌ beta is now available to download on iPhones for free.

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Top Rated Comments

afd Avatar
14 months ago
I'd like them to have the Listen Now tab to have some music that I'd like to listen to.
Score: 17 Votes (Like | Disagree)
frqunzfltr Avatar
14 months ago
Just copy and paste the crossfade feature from the music app on the Mac, no need to introduce bugs along the way.
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)
oneteam Avatar
14 months ago
They need to improve music suggestions. It constantly keeps playing music that I thumb down.
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
d686546s Avatar
14 months ago
The only thing I really want (and miss from Spotify) is a single button that immediately adds a song to a 'Likes' or 'My Tracks' (or whatever you want to call it) playlist.

There's times when I appreciate Apple Music working like my library that I can add stuff to, but sometimes I just want it to be a streaming service with a running tally of songs in a playlist without cluttering my library.
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Bustycat Avatar
14 months ago
Will Apple Music Classic be released on iPadOS and macOS? Seems Apple loves Android more than its own operating systems.
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
tweaknmod Avatar
14 months ago
I left Apple Music for Spotify a few years ago for one simple reason: music discovery on Spotify is vastly superior, in my experience.

I try Apple Music periodically, to see if it’s improved, but it remains one of the few areas where I’ve been happier to stay outside of the Apple garden.

I’ll try it again when iOS 17 launches, but if music discovery still hasn’t improved, I won’t be returning.

I’m glad others are excited about the new features though.

Edit: For those who don't use Apple Music, here ('https://github.com/tombonez/noTunes') is a small app that will prevent it from randomly loading on your Mac.
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)