Apple Music Gains Crossfade, Collaborative Playlists, And More With iOS 17

Apple announced the iOS 17 update during its WWDC 2023 event on June 5 and there were plenty of new features to get to grips with. Some of those features include upgrades to the Apple Music app.

Apple didn’t go into detail about what was new in the Apple Music app but the first developer beta is now available for download and MacRumors has reported on what users can look for when iOS 17 ships later this year.

According to that report, a new crossfade option has been added, allowing people to configure a crossfade as one song ends and another begins. That’s also joined by a new collaborative playlist option that will allow people to create a joint playlist together.

Apple briefly mentioned in its press release that ‌Apple Music‌ is gaining Collaborative Playlists in ‌iOS 17‌, but as of yet there are not many details on the feature. In a screenshot, we can see four friends working on a “Game Night” playlist, which shows a song and a profile picture of the person who added it, similar to how ‌Apple Music‌’s current Friends Mix looks.

Finally, Apple is also bringing a revamped Apple Music playback interface which makes album art blend into the controls more, creating a cleaner look.

Apple CarPlay users can also look forward to a new SharePlay feature that will allow other people in the same car to stream music to whichever iPhone is connected via CarPlay. The feature will allow people to choose the music even if their iPhone isn’t connected to CarPlay at the time.

All of this is now available in developer beta, but iOS 17 isn’t going to ship until this fall.

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