Matthew Panzarino spoke to Eddy Cue about the launch of the Apple Music public beta for Android:
Apple Music is a beta on Android, which means it’s missing a
couple of features. Music Videos are not available on Android, and
neither is signing up for a family membership within the app. If
you already have a family plan purchased elsewhere, you can log in
with an authorized Apple ID to get access.
Cue says they decided to go with the standard Android conventions
when designing Apple Music.
“It’s a full native app, so it will look and feel like an Android
app. The menus will look like Android, you know the little
hamburger they use on the top. It’ll definitely feel very much
like an Android app,” says Cue.
He makes the case that the best experience for an Android user
would be to feel familiar with Apple Music right on launch. “We
wanted customers on Android to naturally be able to use it —
what they’ve learned and how they interact is common. Things as
simple as [that] the share icon looks like an Android share icon;
the menu structure being where it is; these are things that most
Android customers are familiar with. We wanted to make sure that
they felt very familiar with Apple Music when they sat down to
Trying it out on my Moto X, it feels more like a native Android app than Google’s apps feel like native iOS apps, but that just could be that I’m so keenly attuned to idiomatic iOS UI conventions. I wouldn’t be surprised if Android UI-super-tasters see Apple’s Music app the way I see Google’s iOS apps: foreign. But for example (in addition to the sharing icons and hamburger menu): Apple Music for Android uses Roboto, the Android system font; Google’s iOS apps use Roboto, the Android system font.