Apple Music Overview Updated December 5, 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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Apple Music Stories December 5

As 2019 comes to a close, Apple Music and Spotify have both debuted year in review tools for subscribers. Spotify Wrapped and Apple Music Replay are available now, and allow you to view your most listened to songs, artists, albums, and more. Here’s how it works.

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Apple Music Stories December 4

How to live stream Billie Eilish’s Apple Music Awards concert at Steve Jobs Theater

Apple this week officially debuted the first annual Apple Music Awards. Billie Eilish took home three honors, and Apple is celebrating the inaugural the Apple Music Awards with a live concert at Steve Jobs Theater. The concert will be streamed live, and you can read on for instructions on how to watch.

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Apple Music Stories December 3

In addition to announcing its App Store Best of 2019 today, Apple is also launching its first-ever Apple Music Awards. The company says it handpicked winners for Global Artist of the Year, Songwriter of the Year and Breakthrough Artist of the Year. It also gave awards to the most streamed song and album.

With Billie Eilish picking up three awards, Apple is celebrating the first year of Apple Music Awards with a performance from the artist held at Steve Jobs Theater. The event will be live-streamed tomorrow at 6:30 PM PST.

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Apple Music Stories November 22

Spotify Awards show will be broadcast from the streaming capital of the world

A new Spotify Awards show has been announced by the company, which says that it will be broadcast from the ‘streaming capital of the world’ next year …

Apple Music Stories November 20

Apple Music is now partnering with businesses to play music at retail stores. In a partnership with PlayNetwork, businesses can sign up to Apple Music for Business plans and get licensed music to be played in their retail locations with Apple providing human-curated playlists and even custom recommendations matched to the individual store brand.

Businesses can control the music being played using a special iPhone or iPad app. The Wall Street Journal notes the program has been piloted for a while and is now expanding to larger stores.

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Apple Music Stories November 18

Apple Music and Spotify are set to face new competition from Chinese company, ByteDance – owner of TikTok, an app for sharing short video clips.

According to a report today, ByteDance aims to agree global deals with music labels, and to undercut existing streaming music services …

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