Think that iOS’ music player is overdue for a remake? You’re going to get your wish. Apple has released the first iOS 8.4 beta to developers, and its centerpiece is a shiny, new Music app. The refresh includes at least a few long-sought changes, including some borrowed from iTunes: There’s a mini player that sticks around while you’re browsing, global search and an “Up Next” song queue. You’ll also see a sleeker iTunes Radio interface that helps you discover new tracks.
There’s no sign of the Beats-based music service rumored to come alongside 8.4, but that’s not supposed to show up until Apple’s developer conference at the earliest — if it exists, it’s probably going to stay under wraps for a little while.
Samsung has released the new Galaxy Muse music player in the US. The device acts as a companion music player for your Galaxy S III, Note II, Galaxy S II and Galaxy Note, and is one of the most confounding devices I have seen in recent times that almost seems like an April Fool’s hoax.
Unlike all the other music players on the market, the Galaxy Muse cannot be connected to your computer to transfer music files to the device, even though it has a decent 4GB on board. In order to transfer music to the Muse, you will have to connect it to your Galaxy S III or Note II.
The Galaxy Muse comes with a data transfer cable that plugs into your smartphone and with the help of Samsung’s Music Sync Android application lets you transfer music on your smartphone on to the Galaxy Muse.
I can understand that there are situations where you’d like to listen to some music but don’t want to carry a smartphone, such as during running or jogging. In times like these something as small as the Galaxy Muse makes sense. But why would Samsung restrict it to just the music on your phone instead of letting you connect it to your PC?
The Galaxy Muse was announced back with the Galaxy S III but is only just being launched in the US for $49.99 in Pebble Blue and Piano White. The pricing is identical to the iPod shuffle, which only has 2GB of memory. But the shuffle makes a lot more sense if you don’t have the aforementioned phones, or even otherwise.