Apple Music, n;
A new streaming music service from Apple, announced yesterday. Apple Music combines iTunes, Beats Radio, and social networking to create a one-stop music haven.
Apple Music’s main branch — streaming — is very similar to Spotify, but likely with a slightly different library (at least when it comes to the biggest and smallest of musical talent). When it’s released at the end of June, you can subscribe for $9.99 a month (which is the same as both Spotify and Google Play Music), and the first three months will be totally free. A kicker for the service is its family plan, which allows 6 users who are already linked in an iCloud family (sorry, college buds trying to save cash) to share access for only $5 more per month.
Besides streaming, Apple Music also has BeatsOne Radio, which will offer free and commercial free radio via real DJs for anyone who downloads, not just paying members, and Connect, a social network for artists. It will be available June 30 for all iOS devices as well as Windows devices. An Android version is in the works for the fall.
The announcement was the last at their Worldwide Developers Conference keynote, where iOS 9, OS X El Capitan, and updates for Apple Watch (does anyone own one of these yet?) were also presented.
There’s a lot to see and a lot to know, so if you’d like the full run-down of features, release dates, etc., read this list from Wired.