Apple Music Overview Updated October 18, 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 October 18

The iOS Spotify app has been updated to make it quicker and easier to play music you love.

First up is streamlined navigation, with three clear tabs.

Subscribers can get great recommendations on Home, discover something new with Search, and access favorite songs, artists, playlists, and podcasts in Your Library

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Apple Music Stories October 15

Update: TechCrunch reports Apple didn’t acquire Asaii, but rather, hired its founders.

Apple has acquired Asaii, a music analytics company which claims to be able to identify future hit artists ten weeks before they chart.

The company announced in September that it would be shutting down, but didn’t give any explanation at the time – though an acquisition was suspected …

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Apple Music Stories October 14

I’ve been thinking a lot about new Apple Music features that I hope are coming in iOS 13 and macOS 10.14. Earlier this year, I wrote up an Apple Music vs. Spotify comparison that summed up exactly how I feel about both services. Both are really good.

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Apple Music Stories October 5

How to disable iCloud Music Library on iPhone & iPad

Apple Music is a great service however some users prefer to keep their personal libraries separate from their streaming library. To achieve this you simply have to just disable iCloud Music Library.

Apple Music Stories October 4

How to add Apple Music, Spotify, to Google Maps on iPhone

Google Maps revealed a handy new Commute tab earlier this month, and alongside it, the app also debuted native music controls for a handful of popular services. Here’s how to add Apple Music to Google Maps along with Spotify.

Charlie Sloth, the BBC’s leading hip-hop DJ, is leaving the corporation after ten years to join Apple Music.

Sloth currently fronts a late night show broadcast simultaneously on BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra. He follows in the footsteps of former Radio 1 DJ Zane Lowe, who famously made the jump to Apple Music back in 2015 …

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