Apple Music Overview Updated May 17, 2019

Apple Music

Apple's streaming music service

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Apple Music is Apple’s streaming service that was first introduced at WWDC in 2015. The service launched that same summer and positioned Apple as a direct competitor to services like Spotify, Amazon Music, and Google Play Music. It allows users to access 50 million tracks instantly. Music can be downloaded for offline listening, as well as streamed from the cloud. The service also includes iCloud Music library which allows you to upload content purchased/ripped and make it available on all of your devices.

Apple Music Devices

The service is accessible via the built-in iOS Music app,  iTunes on the Mac and PC, Apple TV, and on Apple Watch. It’s also available on Android, Amazon Echo devices, Sonos, and Amazon Fire TV.

Alongside the streaming music service, Apple introduced an always-on streaming radio service called Beats 1. Spearheaded by Zane Lowe, Beats 1 features a wide array of shows, many of which are hosted by celebrities such as DJ Khaled, Elton John, and Pharrell. Beats 1 doesn’t require an Apple Music subscription and is accessible to everyone via iTunes and the Music app.

Apple Music Pricing

The service is $9.99 per month for one user, while a family plan is also available for $14.99. Students also get a steep discount, with a student tier offering the service for just $4.99.

If you are considering switching from Spotify, be sure to read our comparison article.

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Apple Music Stories May 17

While Apple canceled its Apple Music festival back in 2017, it still hosts free shows from time to time. Today the service is promoting another free live concert in LA, this time featuring Tyler, The Creator. The application for free tickets is open now for those 16 years of age and older.

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Apple shares ‘Behind the Music. Behind the Mac’ video highlighting the British music scene

Apple has today shared a new video on its UK YouTube channel highlighting the British music scene, specifically artists who use or have used the Mac to create, compose, record, and mix.

Apple Music Stories May 13

Apple Music adds playlists curated by LRG streetwear clothing brand

Apple Music has added a set of playlists from Lifted Research Group, a streetwear clothing brand. The company said it is thrilled to be a part of Apple Music as it gives them an opportunity to ‘share our diversity in music’.

Apple Music Stories May 8

PSA: App Store, iTunes, and Mac App Store currently down for some users

Apple’s System Status webpage indicates that several of its online services are experiencing outages this morning. According to the company, there are three concurrent outages: App Store, iTunes Store, and the Mac App Store.

Apple Music publishing division hires ex-Disney and YouTube exec to woo songwriters

Apple has hired the former head of songwriter and publisher relations at YouTube for a senior role in its Apple Music publishing division …

Apple Music Stories May 5

In March, we covered Spotify’s It’s time to play fair campaign where the company laid out reasons it felt Apple wasn’t playing fair. Like most services, Apple obligates Spotify to pay a 30% cut in order to use in-app purchases when signing up new subscribers (it drops to 15% in year two of the subscription). Ultimately, Spotify wanted the EU to probe Apple Music in relation to how Apple treats its competitors vs its own business. expand full story

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