The Apple Music streaming service was officially unveiled during the WWDC 2015 conference after months of rumors. According to the company: "Apple Music is a revolutionary music service, a 24/7 global radio, and a new way to connect with artists."
Unlike ordinary music streaming services, the content on Apple Music is curated by "world’s leading music experts," hence you can rest assured that you'll stumble across the right tune every time. At least according to Apple.
Besides giving you access to a collection of new music, Apple Music also features your own collection from your iTunes library. This means that all those tunes which you’ve come to love - and own - over the years will be up for listening at a moment’s notice. You either have the option to stream your iTunes tracks, or you can download them for offline listening.
The music library in Apple Music is an almost 1 to 1 copy of iTunes, except for a few exceptions when it comes to artists, such as The Beatles. This means you can keep on listening to your music and you'll never ever run out of stuff to listen to. Ever.
According to Apple, you can "Get recommendations for albums and playlists you'll love from experts - real people who know and love music." Rather than let someone slightly off track choose your music for you, Apple is taking a more hands-on and professional approach in this department.
Additionally the new service comes integrated with what they're calling a "groundbreaking 24/7 global radio station," which broadcasts non-stop music to 100 countries directly from LA, New York and London. If you're a fan of interviews, guest shows, news and culture, then you'll be pleased to know that Apple Music comes bundled with ‘Beats 1′ which will be hosted by the world’s “best voices” such as Zane Lowe.
Apple Music gives artists a brilliant hub of their own through which they can ‘Connect’ with their fans. Artists can “post their latest tracks, behind-the-scenes photos, in-progress lyrics, or a new remix.”
Additionally common people like you and I can also share content with others, which means your creative harmonies have a chance to be heard by the industry’s big guns. And who knows, you may even get discovered in the process.
If you're a music video fan then there’s good news for you as well; Apple Music hosts ‘ten of thousands’ of add-free music videos.
Apple Music also integrates with Siri, therefore your favorite songs or genres are just a voice command away. We bet you haven’t seen anything like this anywhere else, right? Yup, neither have we.
Unlike Beats Music, Apple Music will live in iTunes on the desktop.
Release and Availability
Apple Music will be available on June 30th in 100 countries, and will work on iPhones, iPads, iPod touches and Macs. For iOS devices, it will be a part of the iOS 8.4 update, due for release on the 30th of June.
Windows and Android users get the taste of the action too, and they’ll be able to dive into the Apple Music action this fall.
Apple Music will cost $9.99 a month for individual users, and Apple is throwing in a family plan too, in which 6 people can share one single Apple Music account for just $14.99.
But wait, it gets better; Apple Music will be free for the first three months, giving every user ample time to decide whether or not they’re going to stick with Apple’s brand new service.