Finally! Apple’s music service, Apple Music, is out and available for everyone to enjoy. Well actually not everyone since it is exclusive for apple users only and comes with a price. But before we all get too excited about Apple’s latest innovation, let’s take a peek of what Apple Music is all about.
What is Apple Music?
Apple Music is the latest music player version available in Apple products such as iPhone, iPod, and iPad. This replaces the older music version once the user upgrades to iOs 8.4. Now, Apple Music incorporates online streaming including radio stations, just like the other current music streaming services available now such as Spotify, Slacker, Pandora and the like. Apple Music boasts more than 30 million tracks available for streaming via cloud. Aside from the existing iTunes tracks, users can also listen live to radio stations. The application also features “Connect”, a social network where artists can share videos, photos and other behind the scenes music. All these and more are all available in just one application, the Apple Music.
Beats 1 Radio Station
The major feature in Apple Music is actually the incorporation of radio stations, particularly the Beast 1 radio station. Beats 1 boasts being the number one local station in the world so there is no wonder why Apple chose it to use it as the pioneer radio station to its latest online radio streaming in the latest Apple Music version. It is available 24/7 to more than 100 countries so you can listen to your favorite music playing on Beats 1 wherever you are.
Just like Apple Music, Beats 1 have undergone major overhauling recently, now offering more music genres from classical to rock, funk to indie, all selections were expertly refined by pros in the music industry. User can even skip the currently playing music as much as they want without changing the current station.
But, all these features comes with a price. It costs $9.99/month to enjoy live streaming. The one month fee is not only for Beats 1 radio but also for other services included in Apple Music like “Connect” where artists can share videos and photos, watch videos If you are a family of Apple users, you can avail of the family plan which is $14.99 per month fee which covers up to six members of the family. iCloud Family should be set-up to avail of the family plan.
Pros and Cons
With the official release of Apple Music, what could be the pros and cons of apple music based on user reviews.
Obviously, the good thing about Apple Music is that it lets users listen to more than 30 million songs listed in the iTunes catalog, that is aside from the previously purchased iTunes. Apple Music’s recommendations feature “For You” comes in handy where it picks songs suitable for you, all based on your most played or purchased songs.
The bad? Well, most users complain how cluttered the application is. Unlike what is expected of most Apple products to be straight-forward and easy to use, Apple Music seems to confuse users with so much information and not-so-user-friendly navigation.
But, Apple Music has a lot of potential. The question is will it surpass the service offered by the recently listed best music streaming service available? We’ll find out soon.