After buying Beats last year, Apple today introduced its new service to take on the likes of Spotify and Pandora called, “Apple Music.”
“We’ve had a long relationship with music,” CEO Tim Cook said. “And music has had a rich history of change, some of which we’ve played a part in.”
In addition to streaming music, Apple Music also boasts the world’s first 24/7 global radio called Beats 1. The radio will include 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.
Apple Music also has a feature called Connect. Artists can upload their music, photos, and writeups to connect with their fans. They can also upload studio sessions, lyrics and other behind the scenes clips/pics to the service.
“Apple Music is really going to move the needle for fans and artists,” Jimmy Iovine said. “Online music has become a complicated mess of apps, services and websites. Apple Music brings the best features together for an experience every music lover will appreciate.”
Apple Music will cost $9.99 (Rs 639 approximately) per month or $14.99 (Rs 959 approximately) per month for a family plan, but the first three months are free. As for availability, Apple Music will launch on iPhones, iPads, Mac and PCs on June 30 in over 100 countries. Apple TV and Android phones will get Apple Music later this year.