Apple Music Launches Today: The Coles Notes

Apple Music steps in the streaming ring

This afternoon Apple unveiled their highly anticipated music streaming service (with the help of Drake) at the Worldwide Developers Conference. Combining music downloads, radio, a social network, and a streaming music service into a single app, please welcome Apple Music to the streaming game.

Here’s what we know so far:

  • iTunes Radio is revamped and Zane Lowe, Dr. Dre, Pharrell, Drake, and will contribute as DJs
  • The first station is called BeatsOne and will be available in 100 countries playing tunes 24/7 and will be mainly run by three DJs: Zane Lowe, Ebro Darden, and Julie Adenuga
  • A feature called Connect will allows artists to connect with fans by sharing music, photos and messages – think MySpace
  • There will be some neat Siri integration: you can ask her to play a certain song, or more specific – “the most retweeted track of 2014”
  • Like most digital streaming services, the app will get to know your tastes and cater specifically to you
  • Apple Music will be available starting June 30th
  • The service will be $9.99 a month or $14.99 for a family plan of up to six members (after a free three-month trial)
  • Apple Music will be available on Android devices too
  • Apple will include free three month trials on newly purchased Apple products

Though Apple dominates in so many other aspects of technology, they’re facing some stiff competition from other already-established streaming services, namely Spotify. Only time will tell if Apple Music will reign supreme.

Check out the launch video below: