It combines the music you’ve purchased through iTunes as well as the music you’ve added to your library from Apple Music.
The updates are expected to be the final major releases from Apple before it introduces iOS 9 and OS X El Capitan in September.
Another concern is the fact that most of the music artwork has gone since the update, although that has nothing to do with Apple Music, and more so an iOS 8.4 issue.
The app launched at 16:00 GMT for iOS, with the Android version due to be released later in the summer and a Windows version is also being developed. “Like HBO and Netflix have now, where there’s some stuff that’s only available on HBO and some stuff that’s only available on Netflix”, Sherr said. iPhone users will need to update to the latest operating system to get Apple Music.
In an attempt to compete with Spotify, Tidal, Rhapsody, Radio and other streaming-music services, Apple Music combines downloaded music, streaming tunes, radio and some social elements. For the price of one album a month, you can a nearly unlimited library of music. When you first sign up for Apple Music, you’ll be prompted to choose different genres and artists that you like.
No membership is necessary to listen to Beats 1 radio and the advertising supported stations or to see what artists post in a special Connect section where they can communicate with fans.
For consumers, the concept of a streaming service is a great deal.
Have you tried Apple Music yet? One special feature that Apple Music has that the others don’t is Siri, which allows users to give voice commands to the music software.
For artists, it’s a bad deal. With album sales sinking and streaming services growing, artists today rely on touring in order to make their money.
So which is better, Apple Music or Spotify?”
There is also a “family plan service”, according to ABC News, that costs $14.99 per month.
Spotify recently announced it had reached 20 million paying subscribers, a number Apple will have its sights set on.
To let you sample the service, Apple is offering a three-month trial for free.