Apple's iOS 8.4 beta includes updated Music app

The beta includes various enhancements to Apple’s mobile OS, the most notable of which apply to the Music app.

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New features for the app include an updated design, which Apple says “makes exploring your music collection easier and more fun”. Playlists can be personalised with your own images and descriptions, and albums can be played by just tapping on the artwork and no longer require you to open the album up first.

Your most recent albums and playlists will now appear at the top of the music library. There's also a new on-screen MiniPlayer, which leaves listeners free to browse their music collection.

iTunes Radio (currently only available in Australia and the United States) gets a couple of new features: your most recently listened to stations to can now be accessed quicker and curated stations are available in the 'Featured Stations' section.

Songs that are queued via a playlist or album can be previewed in a new 'Up Next' window, and this list can be customised.

Finally, the iPad version of the app receives a new split-screen interface, while iPhone version loses the app's landscape view.

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Max is a staff writer for What Hi-Fi?'s sister site, TechRadar, in Australia. But being the wonderful English guy he is, he helps out with content across a number of Future sites, including What Hi-Fi?. It wouldn't be his first exposure to the world of all things hi-fi and home cinema, as his first role in technology journalism was with What Hi-Fi? in the UK. Clearly he pined to return after making the move to Australia and the team have welcomed him back with arms wide open.