What is Apple Music?

Mekayla Butler, Reporter

Beginning with radio, to records, to CDs, the ways of getting music have been ever changing throughout history. There are now many different ways to stream and download music online. Applications and websites such as Pandora, Tidal and Spotify make it easy to get access to almost any music people can think of. Now, Apple has welcomed itself into the world of online streaming.

On June 30, Apple officially released Apple Music for Mac, PC and IOS, and will be available for Android and Apple TV in the fall. Apple Music is a new music streaming program that is integrated with iTunes. It allows its users to stream all the music in the iTunes library, and collect it alongside the music they have already purchased through iTunes. The program starts with a free three-month trial, but the entire service is not free. It is $9.99 per month for one person or $14.99 per month for a family plan of up to six people.

A perk of Apple Music versus Tidal and Spotify is that Apple Music will have a wider selection of music to choose from. A special feature offered with Apple Music called “Connect” allows artists to share photos and videos that are exclusive to the programs users. It also allows you to download music to be played without connection to the internet.

Apple Music is expected to do well because it allows its users to use new and old services to find new music and to keep the music they have purchased in the past. It is expected to draw in a bigger amount of users in its first year than Tidal did, and now it is a matter of waiting to see just how well received it will be.