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Signs of Apple Music Begin Showing Up in iOS 8.4 Beta Music App

As of this afternoon, many developers and public beta testers running the latest iOS 8.4 beta are seeing popups for Apple's upcoming Apple Music service within the Music app.

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When opening the app, there's a popup for Apple Music that prompts users to start a three month free trial. Tapping on that option leads to another screen that lets users choose either an individual plan for $9.99 for a family plan for $14.99, but there's no way to actually sign up for a plan. Choosing a plan simply grays out the option and does not allow users to progress further in the signup process.

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These options have been showing up for some users since the latest iOS 8.4 beta was seeded yesterday morning, but many more users are now seeing signs of the Apple Music service as Apple begins to implement backend tools to support subscription signups at launch.

Apple Music will launch on June 30 as part of iOS 8.4, and it will be built into the Music app. The full Apple Music experience includes an on-demand streaming music service, the Beats 1 radio station, and Apple Connect, a social networking service connecting fans and artists.



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14 months ago

If the streaming quality isn't as good as Spotify's (320kbps) then there's not too much point many people switching over imo.


It's not that easy to compare since Apple is using a different format.
Rating: 17 Votes
14 months ago

If the streaming quality isn't as good as Spotify's (320kbps) then there's not too much point many people switching over imo.

The bitrate of MP3 and AAC files should not be directly compared. A 256 kbps AAC sounds just as good (if not better) than a 320 kbps MP3. As a bonus you use less data.
Rating: 17 Votes
14 months ago
Exciting stuff! I already cancelled by Spotify auto-renew (expires on June 27) and cannot wait to sign up for Apple Music
Rating: 10 Votes
14 months ago
A wild  Music appeared!
Rating: 9 Votes
14 months ago

I heard bad things about family sharing, hesitant to turn that on.
Also, forget family sharing for a bit and think of single-user, wonder if it will let you login to multiple devices on the same account simultaneously. I know spotify doesn't.

Bad things? I have absolutely no problems with using Family Sharing.
Rating: 7 Votes
14 months ago
If you do this in the UK the app says the pricing is £9.99 and £14.99. Very interesting as Im pretty sure this hasn't been announced / mentioned anywhere yet, only the US pricing.
Rating: 6 Votes
14 months ago

The bitrate of MP3 and AAC files should not be directly compared. A 256 kbps AAC sounds just as good (if not better) than a 320 kbps MP3. As a bonus you use less data.


Yes, except that Spotify doesn't use MP3, but OGG Vorbis.
Rating: 5 Votes
14 months ago
I have yet to see any confirmation that A) smart playlists or B) star ratings will survive the transition to Apple Music. Both are in working order in this latest beta, but this screenshot has me concerned that my 12 years of star ratings may be replaced by dinky, binary hearts (at the track and album level) once the full Apple Music experience shows up. If someone sees stars somewhere, I'd love to know!

Rating: 3 Votes
14 months ago

Thanks for the info :) A little disappointed they didn't go nearer £7-9, taking into account currency conversion, but I think £10 could still be justifiable. Plus, if iTunes Match subscribers like myself end that particular plan, then you're saving around £2 a month anyway.

The only problem I can forsee is data usage, and the need to upgrade my phone contract :(


It's important to remember that UK prices always include VAT at 20% while US prices do not include sales tax (as far as I'm aware). So we're really comparing $9.99 with £8.33 - which looks a lot better. Someone correct me if I'm wrong.
Rating: 3 Votes
14 months ago
Overpriced and Spotify offers a student discount and with Amazon Prime I get streaming music and more. Apple why you leaving iTunes Match customers hanging it least give us some sort of discount not like the Music Labels are going broke.
Rating: 3 Votes

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