Apple Music Overview Updated November 1, 2017

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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Apple Music Stories November 1

Apple shares abstract new Apple Music ad featuring artwork from Dr Dre, Eminem, and more

Apple has shared a funky new ad on its YouTube channel promoting Apple Music by using abstractions of various album covers.

Apple Music Stories October 24

Exclusive ‘On The Record’ Sam Smith documentary coming to Apple Music next month

Apple Music has secured yet another documentary in its growing list of exclusive video content. Joining the likes of Harry Styles and Nial Horan, pop artist Sam Smith today announced an Apple Music-exclusive documentary that covers the creation of his sophomore album, “The Thrill Of It All.”

Apple Music Stories October 21

Spotify this week announced a new “RISE” program that’s eerily similar to Apple Music’s “Up Next” series. Both aim to highlight up and coming artists that represent the future of music, and Apple has showcased many of its artists prominently on Apple Music and on TV.

Which some coincidence in timing, Apple this week filed for a trademark for Apple Music Up Next…

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Apple Music Stories October 20

Billboard shifting how it charts Apple Music and other streaming services next year

Billboard has announced that it will adjust how it weights and calculates streaming music starting in 2018. Changes will include more weight given for paid music services like Apple Music than ad-supported services.

Apple Music Stories October 19

Major Lazer documentary ‘Give Me Future’ coming exclusively to Apple Music next month

As it continues to expand original content efforts, Apple Music has secured the rights to an upcoming documentary about electronic music trio Major Lazer. The film depicts the process of organizing the first Cuban-American concert in Havana and is entitled Give Me Future.

Following up on its last major release, SoundShare is back with another significant update. SoundShare 3.0 brings an all-new look to the app while introducing a creative new collaborative feature called Party Mode.

SoundShare’s claim to fame is its ability to bridge the gap between multiple music services. In doing so, users can easily share music with friends on other streaming platforms without having to jump through hoops. If a friend of yours has Spotify, and you rely on Apple Music, SoundShare will help find that song on your platform and play it for you. No more manually hunting through any of the platform’s catalogs.

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