Apple Music Overview Updated June 22, 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.

Read our full review here.

Apple Music Stories June 22

Apple Music uses a number of signals to learn your musical tastes. The most obvious one is that you can explicitly Love or dislike a particular track by flagging it in iTunes or the Music app. You can also do this on HomePod, by saying ‘Hey Siri, like this track’ or ‘Hey Siri, dislike this track’ while it is playing.

But it also uses a number of algorithms to automate its learning. For example, if you play a particular track often, it will assume you like it. And simply playing a track and listening to it all the way through (as opposed to skipping it) has some degree of influence.

All of which gets problematic when more than one person controls it …

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Apple Music Stories June 10

Apple Music hires BBC Radio 1Xtra hip-hop & grime editor Ryan Newman

Apple has made another notable hire for its Apple Music team. According to a report from Music Business Worldwide, Apple has hired BBC hip-hop & grime editor Ryan Newman…

Apple Music Stories June 8

As WWDC 2018 is coming to a close Apple has shared a playlist of some of the more popular songs used during the week. Developers are also sharing a special pin they were able to earn for participating in a “Close Your Rings” challenge.

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Apple Music gains ‘Coming Soon’ featured section with ability to pre-add albums

Apple Music has received a few updates including a useful new ‘Coming Soon’ section that brings along expected album release dates and a pre-add feature. On Mac, Artist profiles are getting a refreshed look.

Apple Music Stories June 6

Shawn Mendes surpasses 1B streams on Apple Music, latest album now biggest pop release of 2018

19-year-old pop star Shawn Mendes just had his week rocked. With the debut of his self-titled new album, the artist was able to capture the largest first week for a pop album on Apple Music in 2018 thus far.

Apple Music Stories May 31

Update: Despite an expected midnight release, the album is not yet available. It has also been renamed to “Ye.”

Two years ago, Kanye West released his album ‘The Life of Pablo.’ The album was exclusive to Tidal for two months, despite the rapper claiming it would “never” hit Apple Music. Now, West is preparing to release another new album, but this one won’t be delayed on Apple Music…

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