Don't worry -- Apple isn't taking away your tunes. It'll be a shock for loyal iTunes users who, for 18 years, learned to rely on the app for everything from syncing their iPhones to building playlists and buying songs. Apple's shifting strategy may be jarring for longtime users, but music fits squarely into the tech giant's portfolio of premium experiences that keep loyal users invested in the brand's ecosystem. For a company initially focused on hardware, iTunes was one of Apple's first major successes in this area.
Apple Music: How much does it cost?
Although Spotify still ranks as one of the top music streaming services in the world, Apple Music has taken the United States by storm. It also blends your personal music catalog with on-demand streaming and live radio, all in one place. At the moment, Apple offers a three-month free trial, though signs are beginning to emerge that the company is thinking of scaling this back to just one month.
Moving to Apple Music from other streaming services
Apple singlehandedly turned the digital music marketplace on its head when it launched the iTunes Store in Since then, the iTunes Store has evolved into Apple Music , a music streaming service to compete with the likes of Spotify, Tidal, and other services. Our guide to everything Apple Music can help set the record straight. What the heck is this thing? Apple Music combines subscription-based music streaming with global radio-like programming. The Music app, which is how you use the service, comes pre-installed on all new iPhones, iPads, iPod touches, and Macs.
Join , subscribers and get a daily digest of news, geek trivia, and our feature articles. With the genre chosen, a cloud of various artists will pour in. Keep in mind that this is how Apple Music will start off by learning your preferences for everything — from what to play on the radio to what artists and albums are recommended during new release Tuesdays — so be as specific as you can to have the best possible chance of scoring a match in your general listening profile. As you might expect, all the buttons you need are here, and none feel out of place from where they ended up. If we had to give it to either side, for now the advantage would sneak slightly over to Apple Music. Here you can listen to all kinds of music that you might not ever find on your own, some put together by real humans at the Apple Music team, while the rest is procedurally calculated the more often you use the app. The Best Tech Newsletter Anywhere. Join , subscribers and get a daily digest of news, comics, trivia, reviews, and more. Windows Mac iPhone Android. Smarthome Office Security Linux.