Apple Music Overview Updated September 18, 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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A new lawsuit alleges that Apple Music pirated recordings by some of the biggest names in the golden oldies category. These include Billie Holliday, Charlie Parker, Dean Martin, Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, and Ray Charles.

It’s not the first time such a claim has been made: Apple was previously accused of “massive music piracy” in a 148-page lawsuit back in May…

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Apple Music Stories September 8

I’ve had multiple Apple IDs over the years of being an Apple customer since I started buying music on iTunes in 2004. I eventually consolidated everything into two accounts back around the time I got my first iPod touch. I had one account for purchases (my Gmail account), and then I had my .Mac/MobileMe/iCloud account. Apple has always done a great job allowing you to keep a store account running alongside a data account on their devices. When I signed up for Apple Music in 2015, I took the time to set up Family Sharing with my wife and children. We had previously all shared an account, but with an Apple Music family subscription option at $14.99 per month, it was time to prepare for the future. I created a Family Sharing account, invited my wife as a parent, and then set up kid accounts for all my children. We then could each have our own Apple Music, iCloud data, but still access each other’s purchases. Apple really built a strong foundation for families to manage their data, have privacy, but also stay connected. And I think there is much work to do, and I hope that they add some much-needed Family Sharing additions in 2020 with future versions of iOS, macOS, and iCloud. expand full story

Apple Music Stories September 6

Streaming music services like Apple Music and Spotify added more than one million US subscribers per month in the first half of the year, according to the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

RIAA says that streaming services also now provide 80% of total music industry revenues in the US, and income from paid subscriptions grew faster than from ad-supported services…

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How to use Apple Music on any device with the web app

Whether you want to access Apple Music on a public device or listen to your library on a device without Apple’s Music or iTunes app, follow along for how to use the Apple Music web app.

Apple Music Stories September 5

Apple Music is making a big expansion today as Apple has launched an all-new web app for the streaming music platform. Through this new browser-based interface, Apple Music subscribers can stream from anywhere without having to use a platform-specific application.

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Apple Music Stories September 4

Apple Music releases Up Next Live EPs following summer concert series at Apple Stores

Over the summer, Apple held a series of Up Next Live concerts at Apple Stores around the world. The series wrapped up last weekend with a performance by Khalid at Apple Carnegie Library in Washington D.C. Now, Apple has released a collection of seven live EPs on Apple Music covering the summer concert series.

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