updated 10:51 pm EDT, Mon July 28, 2014
Now offers Tune Your Taste, verified accounts, song history, more
As the process of Beats Music's acquisition by Apple continues, the iOS app for the subscription-based Beats Music service has received an update to both make playback better and more reliable as well as to improve the overall user experience. The new version 2.2.0 gives users the ability to customize the services's "Just For You" recommendations by changing artists and genres with a new feature called Tune Your Taste. In addition to some other changes, Beats reports that it has "fixed a ton of bugs."
Beats Music's 'The Sentence' auto-playlist maker
A new song-history feature allows users to view previous playlists and recently-played songs from The Sentence, which creates automatic playlists based on emotions, locations, who the user is with and other criteria. The new version also introduces the concept of verified profiles (not unlike Twitter's similar feature for its accounts), presumably to assure followers that the profile they are interested in is actually that person or band.
Earlier today, the European Commission gave its stamp of approval to the acquisition of Beats by Apple, which has not revealed its long-term plans for the serivce but is said to be preparing an integration with iTunes that would maintain the features subscribers have come to expect. The bug-fixing is intended, says the company to make playback "more smooth and reliable." The app itself is free, but subscriptions to access the services' library of 20 million tracks costs $10 per month or $100 per year for an individual with up to three devices. A free trial period is available.