Apple Music 4.0 for Android now in beta with iOS 16 features and “Apple Classical” designation

Ahead of the launch of iOS 16 next month, Apple Music for Android has been updated with the latest features to ensure parity as part of version 4.0, which is currently in beta.

About APK Insight: In this “APK Insight” article, we have decompiled the latest version of an app that Google uploaded to the Play Store. When we decompile these files (called APKs, in the case of Android apps), we are able to see different lines of code in that hint at possible future features. Keep in mind that Google may or may not provide these features, and our interpretation of what they are may be flawed. We’ll try to activate the ones that are about to be completed, though, to show you what they’ll look like in case they ship. With that in mind, read on.

In today’s update, Apple Music is highlighting three new features:

  • Overview of Favorites: Get better recommendations when you prefer the artists you care about.
  • Your favorites in Listen Now: Revisit your favorite artists in a new Listen Now line.
  • New Music Updates: Stay up to date with new music notifications from your favorite artists.

You can start at the top right corner of artist pages to “hear about new releases coming soon” rather than just being subject to the whim of the existing notification system. Favoring will also improve recommendations.

The other noted change is a new row/carousel for your favorite artists in Listen Now, but we haven’t spotted that yet today.

Elsewhere, songs in a playlist can now be sorted by: playlist order, title, artist, album or release date, with the chevron to the right allowing you to quickly backtrack.

Finally, Apple Music 4.0 contains more references to “Apple Classical”. The name first appeared in February with improved widgets, but the standalone app is still not available.

A shortcut to Apple Classical

Open this in the application designed for classical music.

Apple Music version 4.0 for Android is expected to be in the beta channel for a few more weeks before becoming stable when iOS 16 launches. It does not yet target Android 13 and therefore still uses the old style media player .

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