Apple singlehandedly turned the digital music marketplace on its head when it launched the iTunes Store in Since then, the iTunes Store has evolved into Apple Music , a music streaming service to compete with the likes of Spotify, Tidal, and other services. Our guide to everything Apple Music can help set the record straight. What the heck is this thing?
Apple Music: The basics
Although Spotify still ranks as one of the top music streaming services in the world, Apple Music has taken the United States by storm. It also blends your personal music catalog with on-demand streaming and live radio, all in one place. At the moment, Apple offers a three-month free trial, though signs are beginning to emerge that the company is thinking of scaling this back to just one month. However, Apple claims that when master recordings are converted into AAC files using the Apple Digital Masters workflow which Apple outlines with excruciating detail for anyone interested , the result is indistinguishable from the master recordings and thus potentially better-than-CD quality , while keeping file sizes relatively small.
How Apple Music compares to the competition
Pocket-lint - Apple Music is a subscription-based music streaming service, like Spotify , offering access to over 50 million songs. It's packed with features, including offline listening for when you're not connected, and it combines all your music in one place - even songs ripped from a CD. Apple Music also offers up radio stations and integration with Siri so you can control most things with voice commands. This feature offers everything you need to know about Apple Music, including how much it costs, what it offers and how to use it. Apple Music launched in , following Apple's acquisition of Beats Electronics in that included the Beats Music subscription-based streaming service, which Apple discontinued. The Apple Music service not only lets you stream on-demand any track from the iTunes catalogue but also access all your music in one place, whether purchased from iTunes, copied from a CD, or downloaded from the web. The streaming service also offers up recommendations tailored to your interests, internet radio in the form of the Beats 1 radio station among others , the ability to save music to your device for offline listening, expert-curated playlists and integration with the Siri assistant on iOS devices. Apple Music is free for three months when you sign up to the free trial, after which there are three plans available. If you don't have a paid subscription, Apple Music still lets you listen to music you've purchased, ripped, or uploaded to your device but you won't get access to all the features Apple Music offers, like offline listening. For those with iTunes Match, you'll be able to use Apple Music to listen to any music you've uploaded to iCloud without an Apple Music subscription.
In comparison to music streaming sites like Spotify or Pandora, Apple Music can feel a bit mysterious. Anyone who signs up will have to pay a monthly fee to use the service. Considering that Apple Music offers live radio shows and interesting exclusives, this fee may be well worth it to the right buyers. Before we dive into the different pricing tiers Apple Music has to offer, we should note that all the subscriptions offer access to the same catalog of ad-free content, offline listening, Beats 1 live and on-demand radio shows, and exclusive releases.