Apple Music Overview Updated April 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 April 18

A leaked internal email surprised many when it revealed that Apple Music hit 40M subscribers earlier this month, up from 38M just two months earlier.

One analyst is now forecasting that the streaming music service will grow 40% per year …

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Apple Music Stories April 16

Apple Music’s Hip-Hop programming head Carl Chery is leaving the platform for Spotify, Variety reports.

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Apple Music Stories April 13

Hip-hop artist Cardi B has just set a new streaming record, notching up more than 100 million Apple Music streams in the first week of her debut album, Invasion of Privacy.

This more than doubles the previous record of first-week streams by a female artist, held by Taylor Swift …

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Apple Music Stories April 12

Apple Music to release exclusive Flume documentaries on April 20th

Flume, an electronic music producer from Australia, recently took to social media to announce two new documentaries coming to Apple Music. The Australian electronic music producer has been making waves over the past few years for his unique genre-bending sounds.

Apple Music Stories April 11

The last we heard, Apple Music had surpassed 38 million subscribers back in March. Now we’re hearing that the service has now surpassed 40 million subscribers. That’s 2 million subscribers in just about a month. expand full story

Apple Music Stories April 5

It was reported earlier this week that more Apple Music subscribers streamed The Weeknd’s new album, My Dear Melancholy, than Spotify members. This seemed like something of a coup for Apple given that it has around a quarter of Spotify’s subscriber base – all the more so when Spotify had two exclusive music videos from the EP.

But Spotify now apparently disputes this, bizarrely claiming that it initially provided the wrong numbers …

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