With Apple’s yearly developer conference looming, and Beats Music sitting there like a red-headed step child, the folks in the Apple world were wondering what was to become of Beats Music. Was Apple going to just leave it be for a little while longer? Were they going to scrap it and build off the existing features? Well with Monday’s WWDC, Apple announced its’ plans publicly and more.
Apple has indeed scrapped Beats Music to make way for its’ own music streaming service to take on the likes of Spotify, Pandora, Rdio, and more. The existing streaming services knew the move was coming, so they have been building up campaigns of their own to lure customers before their “impending doom”.
Users will no longer need to have two applications on their device for their music-listening pleasure. Apple Music is an all-in-one application that will allow you to load your music to the app like you’ve done for years, while the streaming service side of things will also reside within the same application.
After cutting deals with the help of Trent Reznor, Jimmy Iovine, and Dre, Apple finally had enough ammunition to go on this expedition. However there are a few features with Apple Music that may seem a bit different than what you’re already used to with Spotify.
First and foremost, Apple has expanded upon iTunes Radio, and will be introducing a 24-hour radio station that plays popular music from around the world. Beats One radio will bring users live broadcasts every day from studios in New York, Los Angeles, and London. The radio station will have different professional DJs at the helm throughout the day, and will bring the best music to your ears.
Similar to what Spotify offers its users, Apple Music will allow subscribers to search and stream the entire library catalog of music that is already available within iTunes. This is already a leg up on Spotify if you’re into Taylor Swift, or any of the other exclusive deals that Apple has worked out.
Drake came on stage to present the Connect feature. This will allow professional artists, as well as up and comers a direct connection with their fans. Artists will be able to create a page that includes any of the music that they chose to upload to iTunes, and interact with their fans within Connect. Think of this as another attempt at a social network from Apple.
Something that wasn’t expected from some, was that Apple Music will NOT, I repeat, NOT just be available for those intertwined in the world of Apple. Android and Windows users will also be able to take advantage of Apple Music. Apple Music is slated to be released later this month with the official release of iOS 8.4, and will hit Android sometime this fall.
In terms of pricing, users who sign up for Apple Music will receive a free three-month trial with a monthly subscription price of $9.99. If you’ve got a few family members who will be using Apple Music, you will be able to sign up for the family package for $14.99. There is a limit of up to 6 family members, so you can’t just share this with EVERYONE in the fam.