Apple directors have been somewhat talkative over the weekend about the imminent release of Apple Music. Former Beats Music CEO Ian Rogers, who now works as a Senior Director of Apple Music, blogged about the product’s launch. He reminisces on the history of digital music and radio saying that seeing Apple Music on stage at WWDC ‘it was hard not to feel like the last 20+ years was leading to this day’.
Interestingly, Apple will be releasing iOS 8.4 at 8 AM on June 30th which includes the newly revamped Music app to support Apple Music. This is slightly earlier than the usual 10 AM release window. The change in scheduling seems to be in service of Beats 1, Apple’s worldwide radio station, which will start streaming from 9 AM on the same day.
Meanwhile, Eddy Cue has also been leaking some tidbits about Apple Music on Twitter …
In a series of tweets, Apple SVP Eddy Cue explained to a customer how Apple Music and iTunes Match work together. Essentially, Apple Music includes the same matching and uploading unrecognised songs process as iTunes Match so Apple users don’t have to subscribe to both Apple Music and iTunes Match to get all the features.
Cue revealed that the same 25,000 song library limit will apply to Apple Music at launch as exists with iTunes Match today. However, for iOS 9, Apple is ‘working’ on raising that limit to 100,000 songs allowing users to take advantage of the additional features with much larger libraries.
Apple Music requires iOS 8.4 due for release at 8 AM on June 30th. For developers currently running iOS 9, Eddy Cue also said that a new iOS 9 beta seed will add support the service. Beats 1 is Apple’s new worldwide 24/7 radio station led by Zane Lowe. It will feature shows and interviews with Dr. Dre, Drake and Elton John.