Streaming: If you’ve used a service like Spotify or Pandora, then Apple Music’s streaming functionality will be pretty familiar.
And Apple Music has Taylor Swift – though unless you’re a recording artist or a hardcore Swiftie, critics say, Apple Music may just be another “me too” streaming service.
Find out for yourself by installing iOS 8.4 (Settings > General > Software Update) and giving Apple Music + Beats 1 Radio a try for yourself!
Tech reviewer Walt Mossberg called Apple Music “uncharacteristically complicated”, adding that Apple “offers very tiny guidance on how to navigate its many features“.
The service is free for three months.
Tidal premium service and Spotify Premium account cost $9.99 per month. Just a small design cue that told me all the music I’d spent my time finding and keeping was still there waiting for me. An easy way to get to know Apple Music is through Siri. Then I was listening to a Rilo Kiley song a small bit later and the phone froze. You can minimize the player until there is only the name of the current song and Play/Pause buttons visible.
We also asked her to play The Hills by The Weekend, and she pulled it directly from the iTunes top charts.
With Apple Music, Apple is actually delivering on the promise Jobs made when he first announced the iPod – “it lets you put your entire music collection in your pocket and listen to it wherever you go”. Certainly, it was part of the messaging around the unveiling of Apple Music at the company’s annual WWDC conference earlier this month. The Indian version presently lists Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy (SEL) who’re working on a brand new song for upcoming Rock On 2 movie. This is convenient for people planning high school reunions. With Apple Music, however, Apple is finally willing to admit that the traditional iTunes model is on its way out and streaming is here to stay. The artists you follow may post extra music and videos, photos, in-progress song lyrics, info on tour dates and more. Apple Music will scan your existing music library and look for matches in the iTunes catalogue. Apple has already signed lucrative deals with many big music stars and the company aims to offer more to consumers for less of money. This is not a backup method. “If you do not see all of your moved content in Apple Music after 24 hours, contact Apple Support”. Those stations will be available to all Apple users, whether they pay for a monthly subscription or not. Since Apple Music works in India on Wi-Fi, 3G and 4G, you wouldn’t encounter pop-ups telling you the service is “currently not available in your country”. Or maybe you’re driving to your favorite restaurant together. The closest is Rhapsody’s five-person family plan which is the same price, but is limited to U.S. customers only (which means it’s not an option open to me). There’s a switch in the app to see what songs are stored locally versus in the cloud.
Despite all the alternative digital music services to choose from – iTunes, Spotify, YouTube et al, radio is still the number one way for 51 percent of the 243 million Americans 12 and older to discover new music, according to Nielsen data.