• Wed. Feb 28th, 2024

Apple Music in iOS 17 introduces Crossfade, collaborative playlists, and new music player

Apple Music in iOS 17 introduces Crossfade, collaborative playlists, and new music player

During the WWDC keynote yesterday, Apple announced several new features coming to iOS 17. Although Apple Music was only briefly mentioned, thanks to iOS 17’s developer beta, today we have a better understanding of all the new features coming to the Music app.


The first major update is the ability to crossfade between songs, which Apple says will allow you to seamlessly transition between songs so your music never stops. Apple Music iOS users have been waiting for this feature for a while now, and it’s one of the major additions to the Music app in iOS 17.

Anyone on the current developer beta should be warned that enabling crossfade under the Music tab in the Settings app will crash the entire app. Users report that this happens whenever they try to tap on the Music tab in the Settings app.

UI changes

Similar to last year’s iOS 16, iOS 17 brings some minor changes to the user interface in Apple Music. The most notable update is found in the music player, which now features full-screen animated artwork for albums that support animated artwork.

Apple Music iOS 17
With this change, these albums merge seamlessly into the bottom of the music player where the controls are located. This compares to the current iOS 16 style, where the album art is in a traditional square box with a color-matched gradient around it.

Finally, the minimized version of the music player now has a style that hovers over the ‘Apple Music’ interface. It adds a depth effect to the minimized player as you browse through the Music app, which still has play/pause and skip buttons.

Collaborative playlists

Apple briefly mentioned in its press release that Apple Music is getting collaborative playlists in iOS 17, but there aren’t many details about the feature yet. In one screenshot, we can see four friends working on a “Game Night” playlist that shows a song and the profile picture of the person who added it, similar to how Apple Music’s current Friends Mix looks.

Apple Music Collaboration Playlist
There’s also a button at the top of the playlist that looks like an option to add and remove people from the playlist, and a way to “react” to your favorite songs mentioned in the playlist text. Apple said collaborative playlists will be available in an update later this year, so the feature won’t launch on the same day as iOS 17.

CarPlay update

With iOS 17 comes a small update to Apple Music in CarPlay. All passengers will be allowed to use SharePlay in the car Contribute to what’s currently playingAllows friends and family to add music to the next or play/pause and skip the current song.

Other minor updates

Previously in ‘Apple Music’, unsynced lyrics had a very small font that was difficult for some users to read, especially when compared to songs with lyrics that played along with the music. In iOS 17, these songs with out-of-sync lyrics Have a larger and more legible font.

It also seems that there is a New star button in music player Although we haven’t seen it in the current iOS 17 beta in some images shared by Apple. The button looks similar to the star button found on artist pages in the current iteration of Apple Music, allowing your loved ones to keep an artist up-to-date on their releases.

This new star button in the music player could be a quick way to favorite the currently playing artist, or it could be a new feature entirely.

If you want to know about all the features and updates coming to iOS 17′, be sure to check out our post from yesterday. We’ve reviewed everything Apple announced at the WWDC 2023 keynote.

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