New Apple Music features in iOS 17: Crossfade, Collaborative Playlists, and more

Along with helpful updates to system apps like Phone, Messages, and FaceTime, iOS 17 introduces a few new capabilities. That’s not all, though. Additionally, Apple has released fresh, user-requested additions that will be included in iOS 17’s Apple Music service.

It makes sense for you to be enthusiastic about these new iOS 17 capabilities if you’re a devoted Apple Music customer. Here is all the information you need to know about them.

How to use Crossfade in Apple Music in iOS 17

The ability to crossfade from one song to another, a frequently desired feature currently provided by Spotify and other Apple Music competitors, is one of the first significant new features added to Apple Music in iOS 17. Apple claims that Crossfade will allow you to seamlessly switch between tracks so that your audio never stops.

How to turn on Crossfade in Apple Music in iOS 17

  1. Go to Settings on your iPhone
  2. Tap on Music.
  3. Toggle next to Crossfade.

However, at the time of writing, Crossfade doesn’t work due to bugs in iOS 17 beta 1 that crash the Settings app when you try to enable the feature.

Collaborative Playlists in Apple Music

Another new feature stated by Apple is the capability to create Collaborative Playlists with your friends and family. This function will be accessible in Apple Music later this year. Apple has just provided one screenshot of this new function, so information about it is still scant.

However, a closer look at the screenshot above reveals four people collaborating on a playlist. It includes a few music and the profile photo of the user who added each track. Additionally, there is a button-up top, which appears to be a way to add and remove listeners from the playlist.

Revamped SharePlay and CarPlay experience in iOS 17

The music listening experience on SharePlay and CarPlay will be improved by a recent upgrade to Apple Music. With iOS 17, SharePlay is now incorporated into CarPlay and gives even the backseat passengers the ability to add tunes to a queue, play/pause, and skip a track—a feature that is remarkably similar to the AUX connection.

According to the people who have used this new function, when the driver starts a SharePlay session via CarPlay, your iPhone will automatically prompt you to join it. You may also scan a QR code to join the session. By touching and holding a song, album, or playlist and selecting SharePlay after connecting, you may quickly add music to the session as usual.

Screenshots by Charles Cole

Other features and UI changes coming to Apple Music with iOS 17

In addition to the aforementioned adjustments, Apple has also covertly disclosed some minor features and UI enhancements coming to Apple Music in iOS 17.

To support Dolby Atmos for high-fidelity audio streaming, for instance, Apple has just improved AirPlay. There is also a new star symbol on the music player, however it is absent in iOS 17 beta 1, which will provide a quick way to favourite the artist who is presently playing.

UI changes coming to Apple Music in iOS 17

The music player now has a full-screen, animated album cover, and the tracks that have lyrics that aren’t time-synchronized have a bigger, easier-to-read font. These improvements are part of the redesigned user interface. In addition, unlike iOS 16, when the two UI elements were linked, the minimised music player now floats above the Apple Music interface.

Wrapping up…

Overall, iOS 17 doesn’t significantly alter the Apple Music user experience. Instead, Apple has concentrated on quality-of-life enhancements that give users a better listening experience, laced with subtly altered visuals. Whatever the case, we’ll have to wait until September to find out which features make it into the final version of iOS 17 when it becomes available to the general public.


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