Apple Music Overview Updated August 8, 2018

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 August 8

In a press release today, Verizon announced a new partnership with Apple that will allow it to offer subscribers of its Verizon Unlimited tier six free months of Apple Music. Verizon touts that this is just the beginning of its “exclusive” partnership with Apple…

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Apple Music Stories August 7

Apple CEO Tim Cook sat down recently with Fast Company to talk about the growth and changes in the music industry. Cook’s comments are buried in a broader piece on Spotify’s future now that it has gone public…

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Apple Music is rolling out a new discovery mix called the Friends Mix, which updates every Monday. It collates 25 songs that your Apple Music friends have been listening to. The mix is appearing for some users across Apple’s platforms and does not seem to be tied to iOS 12 or any other beta software release.

The Friends Mix joins the Favorites mix, Chill mix and New Music mix algorithmic collections on the service.

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Apple Music Stories July 31

iOS 12: How to search song lyrics in Apple Music on iPhone & iPad

While the Apple Music app itself isn’t getting a huge overhaul in iOS 12 as some might have hoped for, it is getting a nifty feature that will help users find the song they’re looking for.

Apple Music Stories July 30

Apple Music releasing exclusive Kesha documentary next month focused on ‘Rainbow’ album creative process

Apple Music next month will release a documentary featuring the popular artist, Kesha. The documentary will be primarily focused on the making of her latest album, Rainbow, as well as never before seen footage of Kesha performances.

Apple Music Stories July 28

To celebrate and promote the release of his new single “No Brainer,” DJ Khaled is appearing in a new advertisement from Apple. In the ad, Apple shows off Apple Music, while the HomePod also makes a few appearances…

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