How to Get the New Apple Music App on Mac Now: First Impressions

With the release of macOS Catalina, Apple killed iTunes on the Mac and launched three separate apps, Music, TV, and Podcasts as a full replacement. While the idea was spot on, the app with regards to the Music app left a lot to be desired. While not as cumbersome as the old iTunes, the Apple Music app lacked an intuitive interface and felt heavy. But that’s changing for the better as Apple has rebuilt Apple Music from the ground up as a completely native macOS app. If you’re wondering how it looks and feels, let me help you install the new Apple Music app on your Mac right away.

Install New Apple Music App for Mac (Guide)

To get started, let’s first look at the differences between the current and new Apple Music app! After that, we’ll move on to the steps on how you can try the redesigned native Music app and list notable improvements.

How Is The New Apple Music App For Mac Different?

As someone who has used iTunes on a Mac (still uses it on Windows), my biggest complaint with the media player has been the rather confusing and slow UI. While trying to be a one-stop platform for everything (media player, media library, and iPhone/iPad manager), it failed badly at handling even the basics of delivering a smooth music browsing and listening experience.

Image courtesy: Apple

The Music app came with the old iTunes backend on macOS Catalina, although it was a standalone app under a new name. And with a lot of web content piled in it, the app never felt fluid. However, the macOS Monterey 12.2 update is set to change that rhetoric.

Apple finally Decided to use AppKitNET, which is the native interface framework of macOS to rebuild the Apple Music app from scratch. The new Apple Music app should be more responsive and streamlined than the current offering on Macs. The tech giant is reportedly using JET technology to convert web content into its native app. A completely native app for macOS, Apple Music should feel faster and more intuitive.

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How to Get New Apple Music App on macOS Monterey

The revamped music app is available with macOS 12.2, which is currently in beta. So, if you want to try the new Apple Music app, make sure you have the latest macOS Monterey beta installed on your Mac. Since Apple has also released the macOS 12.2 public beta, anyone can install the build and check out the app on their compatible Mac device. Other than that, let’s look at the steps you need to follow:

1. First of all, Back up your Mac to keep your data safe. After that, to To register your supported device

Apple beta software program

2. Then, “Become a member” and enter your Apple ID and password.

Register your Mac for the macOS beta program

3. Next, macOS tab contained in “Public Beta Guide” select the section andRegister your Mac” connection.

Register your Mac with the macOS beta program

4th place, “Download macOS Public Beta Access Utility” tool.

Download macOS Public Beta Access Utility

5. Now open the file from: Downloads department and Double-click the macOSPublicBetaAccessUtility.dmg package to run the installer. Then follow the onscreen instructions to install the macOS Public Beta Access Utility. Once you’ve done that, you can download and install the latest macOS Monterey beta on your Mac.

Download and install macOS Monterey beta

Everything New in the Redesigned Apple Music App on Mac

After successfully installing macOS Monterey 12.2 beta on your device, launch the Apple Music app to find out what’s new in the store. Alongside the implementation of the AppKit framework, there are four key changes we’d like to point out to the new Music app in macOS Monterey.

New Music app on Mac

The redesigned Apple Music app for macOS makes song search even faster. Unlike before, the results are now displayed with a native interface instead of a web page. Considering how important it is to have a neat search tool to search for any song or album, many will appreciate this nifty change.

Search much faster in the new Apple Music app for Mac

Smoother Scrolling Experience

When exploring the catalog to find something new or trendy, a smoother scroll becomes the need of the hour. The legacy Music app on Mac with web content has never been interrupted on this front.

Courtesy of the native interface framework, the story now looks completely different. The revamped Apple Music app provides smoother scrolling between items and sections, which will play a vital role in improving the overall music browsing experience.

New Mac Music app interface

More Responsive Trackpad Gestures

Another welcome improvement is more responsive trackpad gestures like tapping, pinching or swiping. Therefore, you can now use your Mac trackpad to browse music at your desired speed.

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No More iTunes Store Integration

Now that Apple has finally abandoned the old iTunes backend, it makes sense to go ahead and fully embrace streaming. That’s why we’re not surprised that the iTunes Store section is missing in the left sidebar. And the removal of the iTunes Store may not come as a surprise to many of you.

New Apple Music app for Mac no iTunes Store integration

Other than that, the UI looks pretty much the same as before. Since macOS 12.2 is still a work in progress, Apple may soon make a few more changes to the new Apple Music app before a stable release.

Use the Redesigned Apple Music App on Mac

Faced with fierce competition from apps like Spotify and YouTube Music, Apple Music has greatly improved its music catalog and user experience across platforms. While Apple doesn’t offer a free tier, the Cupertino giant has introduced a new and rather unique sound plan ($4.99/month) that surpasses its competitors. However, if you decide to get this subscription plan, you can only use Siri and voice commands to play music. Anyway, that’s all for this guide. Let us know in the comments below what you think about the revamped Apple Music app for macOS and the changes you still want to see.

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