Apple Music Is Finally Getting a Better Mac App – PCMag

Apple could finally improve the Music app on Mac in an upcoming version of macOS Monterey.

9to5Mac reports that a beta release of macOS 12.2 includes a native Music app that ditches the web-based user interface elements the software inherited from iTunes. The report says that “searching for new songs in Apple Music is much faster,” that “scrolling between elements has also become smoother,” and that “trackpad gestures are now more responsive” in the new app.

This improved user experience is afforded by Apple’s decision to ditch web-based technologies for Mac-specific tools… for the most part. The new Music app uses AppKit, a framework that Apple describes in its documentation as a way for developers to “construct and manage a graphical, event-driven user interface” for macOS apps, but it does so using a tool called JET.

Apple doesn’t appear to offer any details about JET on its developer website; 9to5Mac says it’s “a technology created by Apple to turn web content into native apps.” That raises some questions as to the improvements afforded by this update, since other web-to-native technologies are often criticized for various issues, but initial impressions seem promising.

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Either way, it seems a new Music app could be arriving with the next major update to macOS Monterey. The pre-release versions of macOS 12.2 featuring this new app—among other changes—are available now via Apple’s developer website as well as its public beta program. Just remember that Apple’s plans for the update might change before the official release.

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They played to passengers all afternoon on Wednesday.

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