Since its acquisition of beats almost a year ago, rumors ran about a new subscription based music streaming service from Apple. In fact, their $3 billion acquisition of Beats was the foundation for a music streaming service. Yesterday during the WWDC the company announced the launch of that streaming music service and its called Apple Music of course. Yes apple is going after all the music streaming bigs like Pandora, Spotify and Rhapsody. Here are 10 things you should know about the Apple Music service.
1- Sony Music CEO Doug Morris called it “The beginning of an amazing moment for our industry.”
2- Apple Music launches on June 30
3- Subscribers will get 3 months free to start. Once the 3 months are up, subscribers will have to pay $9.99/month or $14.99 for a family plan that allows up to six people to stream
4- Its a newer version of the Beats Music service with a new name
5- It will offer temporary exclusives from some of music biggest stars
6- Apple may be new to the music streaming business but they have something all the other guys don’t have. $178 billion in the bank, 800 million credit cards on file and a global cult like following. Get the point?
7- Users will be able to download music/videos for offline listening/viewing
8- As an Apple Music member you can add anything from the Apple Music library — a song, an album or a video — to your collection
9- Apple Music will still maintain the support Beats Music had for non Apple devices
10- Apple Music will be available for Windows PCs in addition to Macs and iOS devices, with Android support due in the fall.