Apple Music, Apple’s take on music streaming subscription services, is now officially live, as promised. The tech giant has just launched its newest music service, which costs $10 per month and is now available in over 100 countries. The launch was done via an update to Apple’s iOS 8.4, the latest iteration of the company’s iOS 8 mobile operating system. This means that anybody with an iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch can now try it out. Also, iOS users will no doubt be delighted to know that the service is available completely free of charge via a three month long free trial.
So now that it is here, what exactly does Apple Music offer? Here is a rundown:
For You -- Users can get full access to playlists and albums personally handpicked by some of today’s music experts
New -- Want to know more about the latest releases from artists both old and new? Apple Music’s editors have compiled a list of new tunes that users can check out
Beats 1 -- Listen to lots of tracks, loads of interviews with some of today’s hottest recording stars, and exclusive radio shows; users can even play radio stations that were created by Apple Music’s editors, or better yet, create a radio of their own featuring songs and artists they themselves handpicked
Connect -- Get a chance to connect with your favorite musical artists, and get access to their latest music, music videos, photos, and even thoughts they share regarding their music, plus you get to join in on the conversation
My Music -- Play any song that you bought via iTunes, and even combine them with songs available on Apple Music, or include them to playlists you either found or created on Apple Music
New and Improved Music Player -- Sporting a new and more optimized design, the music player comes with features such as Recently Added, MiniPlayer, Up Next, and so much more
iTunes Store -- It is still there, and anytime you want to buy songs or albums, you can still do so and merge whatever new track you buy with your current Apple Music library of songs or playlists
Apple may be considered late entering into the field of music streaming subscription services, but for the iPhone maker, it is truly better late than never. And by not rushing into this industry, the company may have just done the right thing, taking advantage of its newcomer status to actually study how music streaming services are offered by established providers such as Spotify and Pandora and then try to improve on them. Interestingly, this is not the first time Apple has done this kind of thing. Before it released the iPod in 2001, various portable music players were already available in the market -- Apple just came up with a significantly better product that what was out there at the time. The same thing happened with the release of the iPhone in 2007, which went on to supplant every smartphone already out at that time.
Can Apple achieve the same thing with Apple Music? Everyone, including Apple, its music streaming competitors, everyone in the music business, and of course listeners, will just have to wait and see (or listen).
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