Apple Music gets upgrade: Seamless transitions and a mysterious 'Passthrough' feature

Apple Music for iOS also reveals a new "Smart" transition option, provides up to 12 seconds to effortlessly transfer to the next track
An undated image showing Apple Music logo. — Apple
An undated image showing Apple Music logo. — Apple

Apple Music, an audio streaming service, will be upgraded later to boost its performance on iOS 18 and macOS 15. The future operating system updates are likely to include updated versions of Apple Music and QuickTime, the company's music and video-playing software.

Apple Music might improve the present crossfade function. Whereas, the iPhone manufacturer is testing a new 'Passthrough' that will be accessible on approved handsets later this year.

Gadgets360, citing sources, reported that the company's intentions, new versions of the Apple Music and QuickTime applications are now being tested internally. These applications are touted to improve media playing and will be available later this year when the firm releases iOS 18 and macOS 15 software upgrades to compatible iPhone models and Mac computers.

Moreover, the first feature rumoured for Apple Music with iOS 18 and macOS 15 is named 'Smart Song Transitions". It is reported to be an upgraded version of Apple Music's current crossfade feature, which reduces the level of a track a few seconds before it finishes. However, commencing playback of the following song and ramps up the volume to ensure there is no pause between the two tracks.

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Whereas, Apple Music customers may already change the crossfade setting to a higher or lower amount (in seconds) to increase or reduce the time spent effortlessly moving between songs, smart song transitions may be able to dynamically adapt the transition duration between tracks.

A snapshot of the rumoured feature on Apple Music for iOS also reveals a new ''Smart transition' option above the existing crossfade slider, which provides up to 12 seconds to effortlessly transfer to the next track.

According to the source, the 'Passthrough' function, which is expected to be added to iOS 18 and macOS 18, will only be available on specified models.

However, it is unclear what the feature accomplishes or whether it is a rebranding of an existing feature such as Spatial Audio or Transparency mode, the release notes that it will "only be available on supported hardware".

People might expect to learn more about Apple's upcoming software innovations during its annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC 2024), which begins on June 10.

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