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 combines subscription-based music streaming with global radio-like programming. The Music app, which is how you use the service, comes pre-installed on all new iPhones, iPads, iPod touches, and Macs. You can also access Apple Music on the web at music.
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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. Just like Spotify , Apple offers all students with a valid student email address from a supported educational institution half-off an Apple Music membership. The offer is available only for college students at this time.
Apple Music: Getting started
Since the launch of Apple Music in , the streaming service has gained over 60 million subscribers and, just as impressively, racked up a five-star review from us. Apple gave the interface a hefty refresh during iOS 10's release in , and with the arrival of the Apple HomePod smart speaker and latest iOS 12 software update, there's no better time to get fully acquainted with the ins and outs of the music streaming service. Whether you're on the free three-month trial or already a subscriber and regular user, we've pulled together some key tips, tricks and features to make sure you get the utmost from Apple Music. Sure, this is something of a negative note to start on - but if you're signing up for the three-month Apple Music free trial and don't want to commit to paying for the service afterwards, you can opt out straight away. To do this, click on your profile icon in the top right corner of the screen in the For You tab, hit View Account, then View Apple ID and sign in to your iTunes account.
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.