After many months of speculation, Apple has released their new music service titled simply “Apple Music.” It’s an obvious attempt to create an all-around music service where you will need no other services to round out your music-listening experience. Will you subscribe to it?
In truth, Apple Music does seem to do it all. First the bad news, it comes with a price. It will cost you $9.99 a month. If your entire family is wanting in on this, you can sign up with a family plan to the tune of $14.99 a month that will include up to six members. All of your existing music in your library will stay put in iCloud. But now you will have access to everything in the Apple Music Library. While it’s streaming, per se, you can add this music to your library or just stream it to listen whenever you want. In addition, they have Radio stations and promise that they have music experts instead of algorithms organizing each one. If you like new, unproven music, there is “Connect” that will allow artists to posts songs, videos, lyrics, etc. of their unpublished music for you to listen to and view. Apple is offering a free three-month trial.
Does this sound better to you than the streaming service you are currently using? Does it sound better than Spotify, Rdio, or Pandora? What about your previous iTunes collection? Are you ready to add to that with streamed songs or will you prefer to still buy MP3s and organize your music the old-fashioned way?
Will you subscribe to Apple Music?