Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

13 Key Questions about Apple Music

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

13 Key Questions about Apple Music

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What is Apple Music?

On Monday, at its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), Apple announced, among other things, that it will launch a subscription- based music streaming service called Apple Music. In addition to being able to stream the iTunes Library (not all of it, but we'll talk about that below), subscribers would be able to follow their favorite artists in a social media platform called Connect. Apple also highlighted an improved iTunes Radio, as well as Beats 1, a 24/ 7 online radio station that will be integrated into Apple Music.

The Beats Music service, which Apple acquired along with the rest of Beats Electronics back in 2014, will be phased out and integrated into this multi-platform music service.

When can I try it out?

Apple Music is set to start accepting users on June 30. For now, Apple Music will only be available for iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Mac, and PC, with access for Apple TV and Android to be unveiled Fall 2015.

How will it work?

According to Apple, the service will be subscription based. Apple Music syncs with your iTunes purchases and integrates with iTunes Match, so you would be able to listen to your music anywhere. The service also tries to learn each person's listening habits in order to recommend new music, as well as offering a series of curated playlists and radio stations. So far, Rolling Stone, XXL Magazine, and Pitchfork have signed on as curators, as well as several other leading voices in the music industry.

How large is the Apple Music's catalog?

30 million songs.

How big is Spotify's?

The same, basically.

And Tidal and Rdio?

Also about the same. Tidal has a bit fewer songs and Rdio has a bit more, but all four of these music streaming services advertise around 30 million songs.

Do they all have the same songs?

Not quite. While there's sure to be a lot of overlap, some labels haven't signed on to some of the services, or have established exclusive deals. …

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