Apple is finally joining the bandwagon with their own version of a music service, aptly named Apple Music. Bringing together three features that is usually available within three different apps, Apple Music aims to be the new music ecosystem for music lovers.
“We love music, and the new Apple Music service puts an incredible experience at every fan’s fingertips,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. “All the ways people love enjoying music come together in one app — a revolutionary streaming service, live worldwide radio and an exciting way for fans to connect with artists.”
“Apple Music is really going to move the needle for fans and artists,” said Jimmy Iovine. “Online music has become a complicated mess of apps, services and websites. Apple Music brings the best features together for an experience every music lover will appreciate.”
Users can stream music from their owned content – be it from ripped music from CDs or the iTunes store, and pipe it directly to their devices. Curated music is key here, as dedicated music talents go through music and create playlists for users to try out.
Beats 1 is Apple’s first ever live radio station dedicated solely to music and music culture. It will be broadcasting to over 100 countries, and it is led by experience and influential DJs Zane Lowe in Los Angeles, Ebro Darden in New York and Julie Adenuga in London. Listeners around the globe will hear the same great programming at the same time. Exciting programs on Beats 1 will offer exclusive interviews, guest hosts and the best of what’s going on in the world of music.
Lastly, Apple Music Connect is the new interaction channel for both fans and artists, where they can share lyrics, backstage photos, videos or even release their latest song directly to fans directly from their iPhone. Fans can comment on or like anything an artist has posted, and share it via Messages, Facebook, Twitter and email – and the artists can comment back to every response made.
Starting on June 30, music fans around the world are invited to a 3-month free membership, after which a $9.99/month subscription fee will apply. There will also be a family plan providing service for up to six family members available for just $14.99/month. Apple Music will be available on OSX, iOS, Windows first, with Apple TV and Android coming this fall.