Just as expected, Apple has released iOS 8.4 today for iPhones, iPod touch and iPads. The update brings with it the much-awaited Apple Music streaming service along with other improvements such as an overhauled Music app.
The talking point of this update is the Apple Music service, which goes live in 100 countries, including India. The company is offering a three-month free trial service for users to test the service, post which one will have to pay for it. US subscribers will have to pay $9.99 per month or $14.99 per month for a family account. In India, subscribers will have to pay Rs 120 per month for individual accounts, while a family account (up to six members) is priced at Rs 190 per month.
The music streaming service boasts a collection of 30 million songs, along with other services like the world s first 24/7 global radio called Beats 1, which includes some experienced talents like BBC s Zane Lowe. Along with her, artists like Dr. Dre, Will I Am, Pharrell, and Drake among others will help curate music playlists for listeners. There is also a feature called Connect, which helps artists connect with their fans by uploading their music, photos, as well as studio sessions, lyrics and other behind the scenes clips/pics.
Besides Apple Music, iOS 8.4 also brings the aforementioned overhauled Music app, iBooks improvements and fixes to issues including where deleted Apple Watch apps would re-install, specific series Unicode characters would reboot the iOS device, as well as an issue that prevented GPS accessories from providing location data.
Apple is releasing iOS 8.4 OTA within the Settings app on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, or through iTunes for devices with limited storage availability.