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Apple Music coming to new iOS 9 beta 'early next week'

Apple Music coming to new iOS 9 beta 'early next week'

July 1, 2015

The much-awaited (at least within developer circles) iOS 9 beta that will support Apple Music is coming early next week, according to Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet software and services.

Several days before the launch of Apple’s new music streaming service yesterday, Cue tweeted a confirmation that “a new iOS 9 seed will support Apple Music,” but didn’t say when it would be released to developers.

Well, it neither made it ahead of nor at the same time as the release of iOS 8.4, which enabled Apple Music for the general public. But what about developers and the iOS 9 beta they’d anticipated?

New iOS 9 beta is coming soon

As it turns out, the new iOS 9 beta is “coming early next week.” That’s the ETA tweeted by Cue just hours ago in response to several people asking after the upcoming seed.

In line with our previous speculations, Apple’s decision to seed the iOS 9 beta in question after the public launch of Apple Music most likely relates to the fact that the service has little to do with developers (beyond the implementation of integration à la Shazam and SoundHound). That it was not released along with iOS 8.4 might be due to Apple’s awareness and anticipation of possible network saturation if the opposite had been the case.

In any case, developers can now expect to test Apple Music with the next iOS 9 beta beginning early next week.

Eddy Cue on Twitter

Eddy Cue on Twitter

Take it from Cue

In addition to confirming the release of the developer software, Cue has just posted tweet replies noting that automatic renewal of Apple Music subscription can be turned off anytime online and that the bit rate of Apple Music playback varies between Wi-Fi and cellular connections.

Cue previously (and famously) tweeted, “We hear you @taylorswift13 indie artists. Love, Apple.” This was when he announced that Apple would pay artists during the free three-month trial period of Apple Music after all in response to a critical open letter posted by Taylor Swift, who ultimately allowed her latest album to be available on the service.

For more on Apple Music, see also:

Mentioned apps

Shazam Entertainment Ltd.
SoundHound + LiveLyrics  - Search, Discover and Play Music & Videos
SoundHound + LiveLyrics - Search, Discover and Play Music & Videos
SoundHound, Inc.

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