Great rundown over at iMore on what to expect for Apple Music, the new music streaming service from those who changed the music industry with iTunes.
On Tuesday, June 30, Apple plans to unleash Apple Music in all its glory — Beats 1 radio, a redesigned music app, and more custom playlists than you can shake a stick at. Here's what Apple Music is, what it's not, how it compares to other services, and what you'll be able to find on your iPhone, iPad, Mac, or PC.
I already use Pandora/Spotify/Google Music/Tidal/etc. Why would I use Apple Music instead?
Apple Music's biggest asset is its integration: You don't have to download extra software. You use your Apple ID to pay for it. And it can tap into your iTunes library, allowing you to listen to any of those songs while you're on the go—even if you don't have them downloaded to your device.
Pandora is cheaper, but limited to algorithmically-generated radio stations. Google, Tidal, and Spotify are on par price-wise, but can't upload and stream your iTunes library. And Apple Music will have the old custom-curated playlist magic Beats Music brought to its customers.
I can't advise you for-sure what service to use until Apple Music has launched and I've spent some time with it, but for now, I'd give Apple Music a shot if any of the following are true for you:
- You want your iTunes collection side-by-side with your streaming music
- You don't want to download an app and pay for a third-party service
- You loved Beats Music's playlists
- You want an affordable family plan
And hey: it's free for three months. Might as well give it a try.
I know I'll be trying it out.
Apple Music FAQ: Everything you need to know