What you need to know
- The Apple Music beta website is back!
- This time it gained a new Listen Now tab.
- The last time we saw the website was last year.
Apple has brought the Apple Music beta website back after killing it off in April 2019. Its return brings a new feature in the form of a Listen Now tab, just like the Music app on iOS 14 and macOS 11 Big Sur.
The Listen Now tab replaced the For You tab on other platforms in the iOS and macOS beta runs and it looks like it's going to come to the web as well. That shouldn't be a huge surprise to anyone, but it's good to see it arrive in beta form ahead of a launch that will likely happen next month.
The Listen Now tab is where Apple Music subscribers can go to find new music and playlist suggestions based on what Apple thinks they'll enjoy. Whether it succeeds in that goal is a matter for debate.
The overall look and feel of the Apple Music website has also been refreshed, more closely mimicking the updated iOS 14 and macOS 11 Big Sur look. It's nice, and adds another layer of consistency across all of Apple's music apps.
Anyone wanting to take the new website for a spin can head over to beta.music.apple.com (opens in new tab) and try it out right now.
Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.
Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.
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