In a move that is being claimed as a game-changer for the music industry, Apple has announced a new streaming-music service, Apple Music, which it unveiled during Monday’s keynote at the company’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference. The service is claimed to take iTunes to the next level by making 30 million of the catalogue’s songs streamable.
For You, is also a recommendation tool that serves up songs and artists based on your chosen genres. Siri can be used to call up a song or playlist and launch it in Apple Music.
It will also include Beats 1, a live radio station “dedicated entirely to music and music culture” broadcasting 24 hours a day simultaneously to over 100 countries. It will be anchored by DJs based in New York, Los Angeles, and London respectively.
Apple Music Connect will also enable artists to reach out to fans by sharing updates, lyrics and news songs straight from their phone to yours.
The cost of the new service will be $US9.99 per month in the US, with the first three months free, or US$14.99 per month for families of up tom six people. Australian pricing will be announced soon.
Apple Music debuts June 30 on iOS, OS X, and Apple TV with platforms for Windows and Android users arriving later this year..