With iOS 15.4, Apple had angered creators and users of third-party Apple Music clients. Apple had decided to remove an API allowing apps to change the playback tempo of a song selected on Apple Music. Finally, all’s well that ends well, the API
MPMediaPlayback.currentPlaybackRate will be reinstated in iOS 15.5.
“We re-evaluated our previous decision to disable changing the playback speed of Apple Music content in third-party apps, and have come to the conclusion that it is safe to re-enable this feature, as before the release of iOS 15.4 », said on the developer forum Joe Kuo, an Apple software engineer. The API was reintroduced in iOS 15.5 beta 4 released this week.
The developers concerned are relieved, but one of them explains that, not expecting a turnaround, he had given up on this feature and taken his app in a completely different direction.