Apple Music Overview Updated January 15, 2019

Apple Music

Apple's streaming music service

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Apple Music is Apple’s music streaming service that was first introduced at WWDC 2015. The service launched that same summer and positions Apple as a direct competitor to services like Spotify and Google Play Music. Apple Music allows users to access millions of tracks instantly, for a set monthly rate. Music can be downloaded for offline listening, as well as streamed from the cloud.

Apple Music is accessible via the built-in iOS Music app, which gets a major redesign with iOS 10, as well as with iTunes on the Mac and PC. While some have called for Apple to break Apple Music into a separate app, especially on the Mac, the company has shown no signs of being willing to do that. Apple Music is also available on Android, making it the first Apple service to come to Google’s mobile operating system.

Alongside Apple Music, 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, however, and is accessible to everyone via iTunes and the Music app.

Apple Music 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. Best of all, there’s a 3-month free trial.

With a massive song library, integration into the familiar Music app, and deep discounts on family plans, Apple Music has positioned itself as a true competitor to Spotify.

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Update: Verizon has now officially announced that Apple Music will be included in its “Beyond Unlimited” and “Above Unlimited” plans starting on January 17th.

We have exclusively learned that Verizon is adding Apple Music to two of its ‘unlimited’ cell phone plans, effectively offering the $9.99 subscription for no additional cost. This is not merely a free trial offer but an added service on an ongoing basis.

The perk will be added to existing and new Verizon customers on the Beyond Unlimited and Above Unlimited plans. The cheaper ‘Go Unlimited’ plans will continue to offer an Apple Music six month trial.

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Apple Music Stories January 14

Controversial hip-hop DJ Charlie Sloth officially joins Beats 1 after being forced out of BBC Radio 1

Following Ebro Darden announcing his expanded role as Apple Music’s global head of hip-hop earlier this month, Apple has made another notable move. Popular UK DJ Charlie Sloth announced today that he is joining Beats 1 and bringing his “The Charlie Sloth Rap Show” with him. This move was first rumored last October.

Apple Music is no longer allowing subscribers to play different music on a HomePod and iPhone without a family account.

Previously, it was possible to have HomePod playing one music stream while you listened to a different one on your iPhone …

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Apple Music Stories January 11

A Lady Gaga song performed with hiphop performer R. Kelly has been pulled from her 2013 album Artpop on both iTunes and Apple Music.

The duet Do What U Want (With My Body) was track 7 on the album, which now jumps straight from track 6 to track 8 …

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Apple Music Stories January 8

How to shuffle or repeat songs in Apple Music on iPhone and iPad

For as long as digital music has been around you’ve been able to shuffle and repeat groups of songs. With later revisions of Apple Music for iOS, Apple has hidden this feature. Follow along to learn how to shuffle or repeat songs in Apple Music.

Apple Music Stories January 7

Apple Music lyrics & search expanding to several new countries

Apple has today expanded its lyric search feature in Apple Music to several new countries. This feature lets users search for songs within Apple Music by simply typing a portion of the lyrics. The company is also expanding lyric availability today as well.

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