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Apple Music app NowPlaying updated with revamped Apple Watch app and interactive widgets

Published Nov 23rd, 2023 6:16AM EST
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Apple Music client NowPlaying, developed by Hidde van der Ploeg, is about to turn two. In this latest update, the app is getting some of the most important iOS 17 and watchOS 10 features, which will enhance your music-listening experience.

For those who don’t know, NowPlaying helps you discover the facts and details behind your favorite songs, albums, and artists. You can explore locations, awards, behind-the-scenes stories, lyrics, and more. The app combines Shazam with everything you might want to know about an artist while you can listen to your favorite tunes.

With this new version launching today, NowPlaying adds new and interactive widgets that let you listen to whatever music is playing around you, add a new Discover page for finding new content, and a Spotlight integration lets you find and open any of your songs directly from there.

The developer also redesigned the navigation for the iPad, added AirDrop and StandBy support for iPhone users, and brought a completely new experience for watchOS 10 users.

watchOS 10 update NowPlayingImage source: NowPlaying

These are other improvements of this version:

  • You can now open songs in the Albums app by Adam Bell
  • We now highlight songs that are found in Shazam, and you can add songs to the Shazam library if it’s found via your microphone
  • You can now search for Albums and Artists as well
  • New Loading screen
  • 6 new unlockables
  • A lot of performance improvements
  • Redesigned album view
  • More information for Artist pages, like if they’re on tour and if they’ve been inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
  • Accessibility fixes
  • Over 50+ bugs are destroyed
  • You can now drop albums from Apple Music into NowPlaying as well

For a future update, NowPlaying will include SharePlay support, ChatGPt integration, and App Clips. The app is free to download on the App Store but requires an in-app purchase to unlock all features or a yearly subscription. From today until Cyber Monday, the lifetime purchase drops from $14.99 to $1.99.

José Adorno Tech News Reporter

José is a Tech News Reporter at BGR. He has previously covered Apple and iPhone news for 9to5Mac, and was a producer and web editor for Latin America broadcaster TV Globo. He is based out of Brazil.

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