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Apple Music Review

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Its been a week since Apple Music debut promising a revolutionary music streaming experience aiming to become the premier destination for music lovers. The service launched alongside the latest version of the operating system, IOS 8.4 replacing the default music player on iPhones, iPads, and iPad Touch.

iTunes Music Library
Full access to Apple Music entire catalogue for a flat fee.  Unlike iTunes where users purchase music that live on individual devices, music is stored remotely and owned by Apple.  It works similar to streaming movies from Netflix.

Curated Playlists
Apple Music offers recommendations based on an individual users likes into a playlist curated by actual people.  That’s right! Apple took it a step forward and ditched the algorithm approach and hired “the most talented music from around the world” to help make your experience even more personal.  You can find out how this works upon installation by following the prompts in the “For You” section of the app. Users can still keep/add their existing playlists and albums to Apple Music. Be advised, playlists will not automatically download to a device via WiFi. Instead, they will have to make sure that they are checked off for offline listening.

Apple Music
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Apple Music Radio
Beats 1 is Apple’s live 24-hour radio station broadcasting worldwide with DJs based in Los Angeles, New York and London.  Beats 1 is the first of its kind that allows listeners to listen to the same music at the same time. Music featured on the station is handpicked by DJs Zane Lowe (Los Angeles), Ebro Darden (New York), and Julie Adenuga (London). Listeners can also expect to hear celebrity interviews, guest hosts, and other music related content all commercial free (at least for now).

Pricing
Apple Music is available for individual subscription for $9.99 per month or a familyiPhone6-AppleMusic-ForYou-PR-PRINT subscription for $14.99 per month (up to 6 people and requires iCloud Family Sharing).iPhone6-AppleMusic-Radio-PR-PRINT

There is an initial three-month free trial period upon signing up for the service.  After the free trial users are automatically charged according to subscription chosen.  Users can prevent the automatic charge by Apple Music by unchecking the auto-renewal button under account settings.

Devices
Apple Music is available for all iPhones, iPads, and iPod touch models running iOS 8.4. It can also be used on Mac or PC via iTunes 12.2.  It will be available this Fall on Apple TV and Android phones.

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