Music app

Apple is rebuilding the Apple Music app for macOS 12.2

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While visually Apple Music will be largely the same, updates to the backend should significantly improve the performance of the desktop app.

After releasing macOS Monterey 12.1 earlier this week, Apple has just released the macOS 12.2 beta to developers. Although there are no release notes, 9to5Mac does note a few key differences with the Apple Music app.

In 2019, with the release of macOS Catalina 10.15, iTunes was replaced by dedicated apps for music, TV, podcasts, and books. It was to kill iTunes, which over the years had become bloated, trying to do too many different things. It also helped promote Apple Music and streamline the experience on macOS, iOS, and tvOS. Although the then new Music app had a different name, it kept the same iTunes backend. Music and TV to date use web views, which basically loads web content into the app. While it works, it doesn’t provide the smooth experience of a native app. In macOS 12.2, we’ll finally see music and TV supported by macOS’ native AppKit interface framework.

Music’s backend redesign is supported by JET, Apple’s technology that transforms web content into native apps. While parts of the Music app were already native, such as the Music Library, other elements such as scrolling, trackpad gestures, and song search in Apple Music should now be much smoother, more responsive, and more fast, with results displayed in a native interface rather than a web page. The screenshots below comparing the old to the new show missing interface effects, as Apple continues to rebuild the app.

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