At the opening keynote of WWDC 2015, Apple today unveiled Apple Music – an all new app that combines your music – either from the iTunes Store or ripped CDs – with the entire Apple Music catalogue of over 30 million songs.
You can stream any song, album or playlist you choose from any of those sources.
Apple includes a worldwide live radio station from Apple that will broadcast 24 hours a day.
Apple says, “Curation is the soul of every playlist created on Apple Music.” To that end, it has hired the most talented music experts from around the world, including influential DJs Zane Lowe in Los Angeles, Ebro Darden in New York and Julie Adenuga in London, who will launch Apple’s first online radio station – Beats1.
The app will create custom playlists based on your preferences, and they become better curators the more you listen. The ‘For You’ section of Apple Music provides a fresh mix of albums, new releases and playlists, which have been personalised based on your preferences and history.
In addition, you’ll be able to use Siri with Apple Music. You can ask Siri to, “Play me the best songs from 1994,” “Play the best FKA twigs song,” or “What was the number one song in February 2011?”
Apple has also taken another stab at combining social media with music. After its failed Ping experiment, we’re hoping the new Connect service will improve the experience. Connect will allow artists to share lyrics, backstage photos, videos or even release their latest song directly to fans directly from their iPhone. Fans can comment on or like anything an artist has posted, and share it via Messages, Facebook, Twitter and email. And when you comment, the artist can respond directly to you.
As you’d expect, Apple Music will work on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, PC and Apple TV. However, acknowledging that we live in a multi-platform world, it will also work on Android phones.
Apple Music will be available starting on 30 June in over 100 countries. There will be a free three-month trial with local pricing yet to be confirmed.
At the end of the trial period, the membership will automatically renew and payment method will be charged on a monthly basis until auto-renewal is turned off in account settings. There will be a Family plan that requires iCloud Family Sharing. See www.apple.com/au/icloud/family-sharing for more information.