What is Apple Music?
Apple Music is Apple’s massive music service. It’s comprised of
- subscription music catalog
- iCloud Music Library syncing across your devices
- Beats 1 live and algorithmic radio
- customized playlists
- more artist exclusives than you can shake a stick at
It’s packed with features, including offline listening for when you’re not connected. It combines all your music in one place even songs ripped from a CD. Apple Music also offers up radio stations, social ties, and integration with Siri, so you can control most things with voice commands.
Apple Music is robust and therefore giving rivals a run for their money. Reports suggest it now has over 30 million subscribers across the world.
Apple acquired the Beats Music subscription-based streaming service as part of its purchase of Beats Electronics in 2014. And then Apple discontinued the service when it launched Apple Music one year later.
Apple Music not only lets you stream on-demand any track from the iTunes catalogue but also access all your music. Whether purchased from iTunes, ripped from a CD, or downloaded from the web – all in one place.
User Interface and Overall Feel
On its face, Music doesn’t stray too far from the aesthetic that the company first established with the design overhaul in iOS 8. Clean, matte lines are accented by Apple’s trademark white glow, and just like the lock screen, the text of whichever album you’re viewing will take on the colors of the cover art for that extra little dose of immersion.
If we had to give it to either side, for now the advantage would sneak slightly over to Apple Music. Connect is an improvement on Follow in almost every way, faulted only for the fact that it’s the first thing you’ll see if click on an artist from search and they have it enabled.
Apple Music: Cost
The service is free for three months. After the trial, you will automatically be charged £9.99 or $9.99 a month for an individual plan.
A family subscription via iCloud Family Sharing is available for up to six people for £14.99 or $14.99 a month. There’s also an Apple Music discount for students which is £4.99 or $4.99 per month.
Apple Music: Are there any alternatives?
The obvious alternatives include: Spotify, Google Play Music, and Tidal. Each of these services allow you to not only stream music but also keep listening when offline, though you’ll need to be paid subscribers for access to offline-listening as well as other premium features.
However, non-iOS users might find themselves with Apple Music through a family plan.