Apple released last week the Apple Music browser player. The new feature allows you to listen to music through the browser without the need to install anything. With the end of iTunes, the company is focusing on maintaining its streaming service, making it closer to rivals Spotify, Deezer and Tidal. The web version, however, is exclusive to subscribers and is working only in beta.
Apple Music's web interface looks like the new music application that will be released in conjunction with macOS Catalina. The site provides access to the full service catalog, as well as playlists, saved music, and user synchronized files. Radio stations and personalized recommendations are also present on the web version.
Initially missing are Beats 1's live streams, original video clip content, and intelligent playlist playback system. According to Apple, the service works across multiple browsers, including Chrome, and is also compatible with Android mobile devices. Here's how to use the key features offered by the Apple Music web version.
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Apple Releases Web Player for Apple Music Users Photo: Playback / Marvin Costa
How to access your web player account
Step 1. Go to the player's web address (https://beta.music.apple.com/browse) and press the "Sign In" button in the upper right corner of the screen;
By accessing the Apple Music web player login screen Photo: Playback / Marvin Costa
Step 2. Enter your Apple ID and password you use to access Apple Music. Then press the "Enter" button on the computer keyboard or select the arrow icon within the password area.
When to log in to an Apple ID on the Apple Music web player Photo: Playback / Marvin Costa
For You – Artist Suggestions
The service home page offers playlists and songs by artists related to the user's musical taste. You can navigate the interface to find new artists and recent releases on the platform.
Step 1. In addition to serving as a start page, suggestions are organized in the side menu and can be accessed by clicking "For You". Just browse the page and, when you find something you want to hear, just click on the cover of the playlist or album;
When to open an artist suggested by Para Para on the Apple Music web player Photo: Playback / Marvin Costa
Step 2. The screen brings buttons to start playing the tracks and activating the shuffle mode. You can still check information and the list of songs that will be played. If you want to save the content to your library, press "Add";
Screen that organizes information and actions for an album or playlist in the Apple Music web player Photo: Playback / Marvin Costa
Step 3. Tick the three-dot icon to view other features such as playback controls, bookmark favorite tracks, dislike the song, and the sharing feature.
Extra options for an album or playlist on the Apple Music web player Photo: Playback / Marvin Costa
Explore – Playlists, Releases & Music Videos
The Explore page features featured releases on the service and playlists created by Apple curators. The page has a tool where the user can choose music according to the music genre and recommendations. Also, in this session the video clips of the platform are organized.
Step 1. Featured albums appear at the top of the page and other releases under "News of the Week." Scroll to see more options;
Screen to explore content offered on Apple Music using web player Photo: Playback / Marvin Costa
Step 2. In "Music by Atmosphere", pages like "Good Wave", "Party", "Chill" and "Decades" are offered. These frames represent groups of Apple-themed playlists. For this example, we will access the "Party" option;
Apple Music web player themed playlists screen Photo: Playback / Marvin Costa
Step 3. The page displays various party-themed playlists that, like any service content, can be played back and saved to the user library. Return to the "Explore" section by selecting the page name in the left corner of the screen;
Screen with themed playlists on Apple Music web player Photo: Playback / Marvin Costa
Step 4. You can also explore playlists with the most played songs in different countries and open playlists recently updated by the curators;
Playlists with the most played songs in different countries accessed through the Apple Music web player Photo: Playback / Marvin Costa
Step 5. There is also a tool that allows you to access music genres, most recommended tracks and music videos. For this example, we will access the video option in "Video clips";
Tool for finding albums, playlists, and video clips in the Apple Music web player Photo: Playback / Marvin Costa
Step 6. You can browse the video clips and click on one of them to see more details;
Screen with music videos from artists offered on Apple Music through the web player Photo: Playback / Marvin Costa
Step 7. The screen displays the service's video player, artist information, and related content.
Screen for playing a video clip in the Apple Music web player Photo: Playback / Marvin Costa
Radio – Listen to music in sequence of specific styles
The Radio page allows users to start stations that play music of a particular musical style. In this option, it is not possible to view the list of selected songs, as happens in playlists.
Step 1. Select the "Radio" option on the side of the screen. The page features featured radios with large icons and other options with smaller covers. To start playback, simply click on one of the covers;
Action to start a radio station on the Apple Music web player Photo: Playback / Marvin Costa
Step 2. The bottom of the screen displays options for choosing stations according to a musical style.
Screen to select radio stations according to music styles in the Apple Music web player Photo: Playback / Marvin Costa
Library – Saved and Synced Music
The Apple Music library contains all tracks that a subscriber purchased on iTunes, synced music, saved songs, and playlists to listen to later. Browse through the "Recently Added", "Artists", "Albums" and "Music" options to find these content organized by the service.
Screen with songs saved in the Apple Music user library accessed by the service's web player Photo: Playback / Marvin Costa
Music Player – Available Controls
The music player is very simple. It features a thumbnail with music cover and track information. There are buttons to play and pause, rewind and advance, a random and track repeat mode. In the right corner there is a volume bar to control the power of the audio output from the player.
Playback functions in the Apple Music streaming service web player Photo: Playback / Marvin Costa
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