Apple Announces New Streaming Music Service

Jun 09, 2015

Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference is often the scene of big new announcements, and this year was no different. The company trotted out Jimmy Iovine, a co-founder of Beats, to announce Apple Music, which will allow users to stream over 30-million songs from iTunes, and incorporate playlists and videos. Apple Music is set to launch on June 30, and cost $9.99 per month-but comes with a 3-month free trial. If you need a family plan, you can support up to six people for $14.99 per month.

There will be an app for the service, and will feature a "New" tab that helps users discover new music and playlists. There will also be artist curated playlists. The "For You" tab will feature individualized recommendations.

Siri will also be at your service within the app. You'll be able to give Siri commands and ask it questions within Apple Music, and Siri will respond by playing a song or songs. So, for instance, you can say, "Siri, play Foo Fighters" and it will-at least in theory.

But what Apple really hopes will be the standout feature that distinguishes Apple Music from competitors from is the "Connect" feature which allows artists to interact with fans. Artists will be able to share songs, remixes, photos, videos, and messages.

Apple also introduced a new "radio station" called Beats 1, with BBC radio DJ Zane Lowe at the helm. Broadcasting live from Los Angeles, New York, and London, the station will feature music as well as interviews.