The new Apple Music service will soon be challenging the likes of Spotify and Pandora.
The star-studded launch of the brand streaming service confirmed that it will feature a song and music video library, an internet radio station and ways for artists to get their unreleased music out to the public.
One of the most interesting features of the Apple Music service is the fact that it includes a song recommendation system. This incorporates both computer algorithms and expert human input to suggest songs to users.
By the end of June the service will be available in over 100 different countries. The cost will be $9.99 per month in the US for one person. Another option is for a family of up to 6 people, which will cost $14.99. The Beats 1 radio station will be free to listen to and will include the likes of ex BBC DJ Zane Lowe.
Android Devices to Get It Later
The initial launch will see the app release for iOS devices, Mac computers and Windows PCs. It is expected that Android devices and Apple TVs will get the service later on in 2015. For iOS uses, the app will work in harmony with the Siri voice controlled virtual assistant. This will help users to find the song they are after even if they don’t know the name.
Currently, Spotify has around 15 million paying customers, and some industry analysts expect Apple to catch up with that figure in the next year or so. However, other experts think that the complexity of the service and the different features on it could make it difficult for new customers to fully understand it.
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