Apple brings a new Beats-based paid music streaming service which will be combined in the iTunes on Mac and the stock Music app for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. The Apple-designed Music app will also be available for Android and over the new Apple TV app which is still in progress.
“Based heavily upon cloud streaming, Apple’s new service is centered around the user’s music library. A new search feature will be able to locate any song in the iTunes/Beats catalog, and users will be able to stream music from the catalog as well as add songs to their personal libraries. Users will be able to select specific tracks to store on their iOS devices and/or computers, or keep all songs solely in the cloud. Apple will also deeply integrate Beats Music’s Playlists, Activities, and Mixes features into the new service, letting users access a vast array of pre-made, human-curated playlists to fit various activities.” This was according from 9to5Mac.
This allows Beats Music lovers to combine their accounts with an iTunes or an Apple ID account for a more smooth new service. The app UI design will change from the old red and black branding of Beats and features an UI that looks and feel like the iTunes and the stock Music app on iOS. Also, there’s a new social feature included for sharing music and playlist with friends.
Apple also reduced the cost of their monthly subscription service from USD9.99 (MYR36.30) to USD7.99 (MYR29) per month while competing with services like Spotify, Rdio and Google Play Music. Although the new Beats service are necessarily overlapping with iTunes Radio, iTunes Match and the iTunes Store, even with Apple retaining all three contributions.
And this will be the first time in history that Apple developed an Android app, since Beats Music is now available on Android. The idea was delivered by the company and they do not express any issues developing an app for Android since the circumstances makes a bit more sense. Unfortunately, this do not apply to Windows Phones.
Although Apple bought over Beats for USD3 billion (MYR10 billion) last year, the changes between some personnel and other difficult situations in collaboration with the two company’s remains in jeopardy due to this new streaming service project.
Source: Mac Rumors