When Apple launches its Apple Music streaming service at the end of June, it will affect things big and small in the music industry. Hundreds of millions of iPhone and iPad users in more than 100 countries will get to try the $10-per-month service for free for the next three months when it is pushed to their devices with a free upgrade.
They’ll get unlimited access to tens of millions of songs during the trial, and afterward be required to pay a monthly fee for access, instead of paying for each album or song download. It’ll change the way you experience music forever, CEO Tim Cook promised Monday at Apple’s annual conference for software developers, held in San Francisco.
It could become one more thing that keeps current iPhone and iPad users inside the Apple Inc. ecosystem, while enticing others in.
Here’s a look at some of the major aspects of Apple Music
Integration With Siri
Subscribers will be able to ask Siri, Apple’s mobile digital assistant, all sorts of unusual questions about music, and have any of millions of tunes play back in response.
Real Radio, Over The Internet
In modern times, Internet radio has been defined by automated playlist generators like Pandora, Songza and others. Apple is changing that game by bringing back living, breathing DJs. It plans to run Beats 1, a live 247 radio station hosted by DJs – including former BBC host Zane Lowe – in Los Angeles, New York and London. The service will be free to users with an Apple ID.
Apple is opening a new platform for artists that allows them to release to fans content such as lyrics to an upcoming song, behind-the-scenes video, or even new tracks. Any user can access Connect through a tab on the Apple Music app.
Apple is letting users of Google’s competing Android mobile operating system use a version of the Apple Music app beginning this fall. But those users will have to pay to access Beats 1 and some features of Connect that Apple device users will get for free.