Apple Music, the streaming music service from the tech giant, will go live on Tuesday, June 30. However, now it seems the launch will coincide with a new version of Apple’s mobile operating system as well.
“Tuesday morning we’ll be unveiling the next chapter. Please make a note to upgrade to iOS 8.4 Tuesday, June 30th and listen to our first day of broadcasting,” says a post by Ian Rogers, the former CEO of Beats who is now a senior director for Apple Music. Apple has not said anything about the update so far, but usually such incremental updates are pushed without much notice.
Apple Music will be free for the first three months, after which it will cost $9.99/month. The family plan catering to up to six family members will cost $14.99/month. There will be an India-specific pricing too.
With the launch of its new service, Apple seems to be going for the revenues of services like Spotify which are immensely succesful on the iOS App Store. And streaming music is finally becoming popular in markets like India too and giving users a native option will just mean easy adoption.
The Apple Music catalogue will offer over 30 million songs and it says users can “stream any song, album or playlist you choose”.
In the heavily curated service, there will also be a “For You” section with “a fresh mix of albums, new releases and playlists, which have been personalised just for you”. Users will also have the option of asking Siri to pick a song.
Plus, Beats 1, Apple’s first ever live radio station dedicated entirely to music and music culture, will broadcast live to over 100 countries.