Tech Crunch: Everything You Need to Know About Apple Music

Jun 30, 2015 at 10:09 am |

What Is Apple Music?

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After a much-anticipated wait, Apple Music finally launches today (Tuesday, June 30). Apple users should expect an iOS 8.4 update tomorrow, which will herald in the company’s latest musical venture.

Following the popularity of streaming services like Pandora and Spotify, Apple has finally decided to jump on the bandwagon, a sign that shows us music streaming probably isn’t going away any time soon.

How Does It Work?

From the looks of it, Apple Music will be pretty similar to other streaming services. Users will have access to Apple’s enormous music libraries, featuring both established and aspiring artists. There will also be an option to create your own playlists, or listen to playlists that are pre-made by experts. If you hook up your iCloud, you will also be able to stream Apple Music and your own library on any of your devices whenever you want; Apple plans to increase Cloud storage to 100,000 songs later this year.

How Can I Listen?

Apple Music will be supported on any device that runs iOS 8 or newer. It will be available through iTunes on Mac and PC. Android users will have to wait until this fall, and Apple TV owners will also have to wait until later this year.

How Much Does It Cost?

A free three-month trial will be available upon launch. There will also be a free, live 24/7 radio station called Beats 1 that will feature shows by artists like Drake and Elton John. For full access, a single membership will cost you about $9.99 (or $15 a month for a six-person family plan).

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