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Saturday, April 18, 2015

iOS 8.4 Beta Adds Audiobooks To CarPlay Through iBooks; Music App Redesigned

iOS 8.4 beta was seeded to developers earlier this week. There are a couple of changes to CarPlay being reported through various sources.

The iOS Music app has been redesigned and with Apple scheduling their annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) for June 8-12 this year, they are expected to announce their brand new streaming music service at the event.

Here are a few details on iOS 8.4 beta...

As reported on 9to5Mac, the Music app in iOS 8.4 beta will feature only three tabs at the bottom: My Music, Playlists and Radio. You can toggle between the three tabs by simply swiping left or right. This is a welcome change.

The 'Recently Added' section has been moved to the top of the My Music page where you can find three of the most recent music files added to your library. Swipe to delete songs will no longer be available, as well as the Cloud icon to download songs that are not present on your device. You will be able to do these tasks by clicking a new button that looks like three dots.

Like iTunes on your computer, the Music app will allow users to manage your queue of songs. You can decide the order in which you want individual songs played. Also, like Pioneer Electronics allows users in AppRadio Mode on compatible car head units, tapping on the name of an artist on the Now Playing screen will show you all the songs you own from that artist.

You can read more details about the changes in the music app by visiting 9to5Mac.

CarPlay Changes

The Audiobooks app from which has been CarPlay compatible for a couple of weeks now, is not CarPlay compatible in iOS 8.4 beta. By removing CarPlay compatibility for the standalone Audiobooks app, Apple will instead allow users to import those audiobooks into its own iBooks app. The iBooks app will feature an audio player for playing audiobooks.

The audio player in iBooks is different from the native music player or Podcast player in iOS. It features a button in the upper right corner which allows you to browse through chapters of a book. Speed settings as well as a Sleep Timer are present.

The Audiobooks icon in CarPlay has been changed too. The new icon looks like the iBooks icon.

For more details on these CarPlay changes, check out this post from 9to5Mac.

Source: 9to5Mac

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