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Apple Music is almost here: Apple releases iOS 8.4 beta 4

Updated Jun 9th, 2015 1:13PM EDT

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iOS 9 is coming later this year but Apple still isn’t done releasing new versions of iOS 8 just yet. Apple on Tuesday released its fourth beta for iOS 8.4, which will be the first version of iOS to include support for Apple’s recently announced Apple Music streaming service. The new beta, which is available over at Apple’s developer center right now, focuses on integrating Apple Music into iOS, just as all previous betas of iOS 8.4 have done.

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9to5Mac informs us that in addition to Apple Music, the new beta brings “audiobook playback through iBooks and CarPlay, and iBooks Author textbook support on iPhone.” The final version of iOS 8.4 will release on June 30th alongside the launch of Apple Music.

Apple Music will be an important release for Apple, which over the past few years has fallen behind Pandora, Spotify and other music streaming services. Apple released iTunes Radio two years ago but that so far has failed to come close to the dominance of Pandora in the music streaming market.

Brad Reed
Brad Reed Staff Writer

Brad Reed has written about technology for over eight years at and Network World. Prior to that, he wrote freelance stories for political publications such as AlterNet and the American Prospect. He has a Master's Degree in Business and Economics Journalism from Boston University.