Last week Apple released the new Apple Music subscription based music streaming service along with an update to iOS 8.4. Apple is here to compete with Spotify, Tidal and other online music streaming services (which I’ve never personally used either). And come on it’s supported by my boo Drake, you know I’m here for it!
I think it was wise for them to do it in this manner because for starters, if you have an iPhone device, it’s already on your phone (if you’ve updated) so you’re just ultimately tempted to at least try it. (Right now they’re offering the first three months of the service for free). If you’re willing to commit, the subscription will run you either $9.99 a month or $14.99 for iCloud Family Sharing for up to 6 users . The low cost will open up access to the over 30 million songs from Apple’s music library and let you stream it at your convenience.
Another plus is you get all this music streaming but no commercials!!! That’s right, there are no ads to interrupt your groove so you’re comfortable enough to ride around with the music bumping and nobody talking through your speakers.
As any other subscription service, you first start off with a quick survey so they can get a feel for the type of music you like to listen to. This gives them a way of knowing which selections to offer you to stream on your “For You” page. My selections are bomb by the way from Lil Wayne and Rihanna, to Kanye West and Whitney Houston. Apple Music offers all genres and eras of music so everyone should be able to find their favorite tunes.
The Radio section called “Beats 1” has mixes of stations so you can get a variety of your favorite genres. Beats 1 showcases live broadcasts from around the world where you can enjoy featured DJs spinning the tracks during a jam session. Today I actually followed The Pharmacy with Dr. Dre, a weekly show from Dr. Dre. His first broadcast featured tracks from Nas, Jay-Z, Future and Puff Daddy (did you catch the Bad Boy reunion on the 2015 BET Awards???). Those few names alone I knew this would be a station I’d want to tune in to.
You can follow your favorite artists and stations and have playlists there for you to enjoy. There’s also an option for Apple Music to automatically save some of your favorite artist as well so I was happy to see I was already following Beyonce, Nicki Minaj, Usher, Drake and more of my faves.
For now Apple Music is only available for those who have iPhone, iPad and iPods running iOS 8.4 (update if needed!) as well as computers running iTunes 12.2 but don’t you worry Android users, Apple Music will be available to you before 2015 is over!!! Apple Music will also be expanded to the Apple TV devices as well later in the Fall.
As a iPhone 6 Plus user who did not opt for more memory on their phone, Apple Music is such a blessing because I can remove my own personal playlists and still have access to music that I’d actually want to hear. Like this week, without even purchasing the albums, I’ve been listening to the latest albums like Meek Mill, Dreams Worth More Than Money and Wildheart from Miguel.
Now I’ll have more space on my phone for selfies, screenshots and family photos! (See the latest family photos in today’s Mind Right Mondays post here)
How do you stream your music? What tunes are you listening to these days?
Find out more about Apple Music from their website here.
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