Apple has unveiled its long awaited music streaming service -Apple Music – which will go head to head with the likes of Spotify, Amazon Prime Music and Google Music. The company is trying to recreate the buzz surrounding music listening that the iPod and i-Tunes created years ago.
Apple Music was built by the team from Beats Music and is a resultant of Apple’s $3bn purchase of Beats Electronics in 2014. The app will support the iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Mac, PC, Apple TV and even Android Phones.
The core of the service will be millions of song and music video catalogs that users will be able to stream on-demand, with programmed playlists created by an inhouse team of editors and even musicians. There will also be a 24-hour radio station that will be headed by DJ Zane Lowe.
The radio station called Beats 1 will broadcast round the clock from Los Angeles, New York and London. Apart from music streaming and radio, Apple Music also has a section called Connect where artists will be able to share photos with fans that follow them.
Apple Music will launch on June 10 in 100 countries first on iOS, Mac and Windows, with the Android version following in Autumn this year. The company will offer all customers a 3-month free trial, following which it will cost $9.99/month or $14.99/month for a family pack of up to 6 people.