Apple is testing the improved Music app for Mac – here’s how to try it now
Apple is testing an improved version of its Music app designed to work entirely natively on Mac. Parts of the app, such as the Music Library, were native to macOS before, and now the rest are catching up to improve performance.
You can try out the new Music app now by installing the macOS 12.2 Monterey beta, which is available to everyone through Apple’s public beta software program.
Apple improves music on Mac
Apple introduced the Music app with macOS Catalina in 2019. It eventually phased out iTunes and split its functionality into dedicated apps for books, podcasts, TV, and more. It’s a much simpler experience, but it could be better.
Music, in particular, sometimes sounds a lot like iTunes. Parts of the app still render sluggishly and look a little bloated – and that’s largely because so much of the music app isn’t actually designed to run natively on the Mac, but on the website.
More than three years after iTunes left, that’s changing now. Apple is testing a much-improved music client that uses native AppKit views everywhere, making almost everything much faster and more efficient.
One of the most notable areas of improvement is in search. Even on the fastest Mac models, searching Apple Music has been painfully slow so far. But thanks to Apple’s improvements, it’s now much faster.
Try the new Music app
The improved Music app started rolling out last week with the macOS 12.2 Monterey beta. You can try it out for yourself by signing up for Apple’s public beta program, and we’ve got a guide on how to do that if you’re interested.
The process is pretty quick and simple, and once you’ve signed up, you can install the beta like any other macOS update. Keep in mind, however, that beta versions are not as stable as final versions of software.