Apple Music, Apple’s music streaming service is now live. It was first announced in WWDC June 2015.
It will compete with Spotify , Tidal and other major streaming services. Currently the Apple Music app is only available for iOS users and apple has said that an Android version of app will be launched in fall.
Apple has not launched the app on its apple app store. Instead it will automatically be installed with iOS 8.4. Users, who wish to use the app can upgrade the iOS. iTunes for Mac and Windows is also supporting the streaming service.
Apple Music has a radio station named Beats 1 and also a blog like platform for artists to connect with their fans. Taylor Swift’s album 1989 is available for streaming on the services , which is not available on other streaming services such as Spotify. There is also a For You Tab on the app that recommends you songs based on your taste. Just like other streaming services users can save tracks for offline playing.
Pricing and Trials
Apple Music does not include any free ad-supported tier. The Service costs $9.99 Per Month and users can pay $15 for a family plan which covers 5 users. Apple Music is available for a free 3 month trial. Even after the trial is expired, users can stream Beats 1 Radio and can use Connect.
It will be interesting to see how much impact does Apple Music Makes on Streaming industry, Apple has made victories with iTunes in past, but now the competition is stiff.