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.i.am 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: