Apple Music is getting a bit more social, the company announced at WWDC today. Apple showed off new social features that will arrive in iOS 11. The update will allow users to create profiles and share music with their friends.
There will also be a “friends are listening to” section, which will show you what the people you follow have been listening to and liking. (For users who are less social, you can make your profile private and hide your Nickelback love from your friends.)
Apple will also introduce a new shared “up next” list in Apple Music, that will allow users to let friends choose what songs will come up next in a playlist. This will come in handy if you’re using the new HomeKit 2, which allows for control over your speakers and multi-room audio.
Apple also announced MusicKit for developers, which will allow developers to easily integrate Apple Music with their apps. Nike, Anchor, and Shazam are three of the major developers using MusicKit already.
Apple also updated the music app on the Apple Watch as well, with bigger album art, support for multiple playlists, and automatically updated sections like new music based on what you listen to.
After a tumultuous launch in 2015, Apple found its balance with Apple Music after a refresh last year, and this time it seems the company is largely just cleaning up and refocusing certain areas of the app.