Apple launched Apple Music- their all new music streaming service at their World Wide Developers Conference today, following months of speculation ever since digital music streaming services have hit new highs across the globe.
To be available in subscriptions starting at $9.99 per month in the United States, the service will be offered to users for free for the first three months. In addition, family memberships of $14.99 per month will be offered to up to sex members of each family.
Starting June 30, Apple Music will be released in over 100 countries for users using devices installed with iOS 8.4 or later versions, and will be available in iTunes Store as well.
In a first for Apple's services, the Apple Music app will be available in Android and Windows platforms later this year, though exact details of pricing and release dates have not been revealed as yet.
Apple Music will function as a worldwide live radio station playing music 24 hours a day and will cover over 30 million songs from across the globe.
Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services, said, “We love music, and the new Apple Music service puts an incredible experience at every fan’s fingertips. All the ways people love enjoying music come together in one app — a revolutionary streaming service, live worldwide radio and an exciting way for fans to connect with artists.”
An integration with Siri will let you search for the best songs or playlists as per your liking. As per Apple, music experts from across the globe have worked together to produce the best playlists as per user preferences.
Apple's live online radio stion, Beats 1, will feature popular radio jocks like DJs Zane Lowe in Los Angeles, Ebro Darden in New York and Julie Adenuga in London. Apart from music, Beats 1 will bring in live interviews, guest chats and live updates on the world of music to users across the globe. Several genre-based radio stations have also been developed with the help of RJs where members will be able to skip songs and only listen to songs that they like.
Apple have also announced Apple Music Connect which lets artist upload songs, lyrics, videos and photos directly on the app from their iPhones. Users will be able to like and comment on those uploads and will be able to share them via Facebook, Messages, Twitter and email.