Apple Releases Apple Music & iOS 8.4

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Apple Music is now streaming. The subscription music service has gone live as part of iOS 8.4, which is now available for iPhones and iPads.

iOS 8.4 is now available through iTunes and as an over-the-air update using the Software Update. In addition to the new Music app iOS 8.4 also includes improvements for iBooks and bug fixes.

Apple Music offers streaming of over 30 million songs, and many features like Connect, a news feed where artists can post photos, videos, and comments for fans. The service costs $9.99 per month for a single user, or $14.99 for a family of up to six people. To get users started new subscribers will get a three-month free trial.

Beats 1 is also included with apple music which includes a radio station with music and interviews hosted by DJs Zane Lowe, Ebro Darden, and Julie Adenuga. Beats 1 is free to anyone with an Apple ID.

Apple Music can be found in all iOS gadgets after the update, you can also listen on Macs and PCs.  The service provides commercial-free access to million of songs on demand, and it has sections that make personalized recommendations based on your listening habits and music history.

Apple Music will livelong with your existing iTunes library.  Members will be able to add to their collection and save songs for offline listening or quickly share favorite music with friends on social media.

Once you’re all set up with a the new service let Siri be your DJ. You will be able to ask her questions such as “play me the best songs from 2000” or “What was the No. 1 song in January 1988?” So when your unsure of what to listen to you just give siri a call and your own personal Dj will help you out.

There are some similarities to Beats music service. Upon signing up, your first step is to tap on circles representing musical genres (Classic Rock, Hip-Hop, Classical, etc.). Tap once on a genre you like, twice on one you love. Next you do the same for favorite artists.

Apple uses your tapped selections, as well as the music you’ve previously purchased in iTunes  to recommend playlists and albums that show up in a “For You” section. At first Apple automicaly follows artist for you sometimes putting artist that you don’t want in your feed. To turn automatic recommendations off or to fine tune your music selection you can go into settings and edit the artist you you follow in the follow more artist and curators tab.

If you decide that you don’t want to continue with apple music after the three month free trial you will have to disable the auto pay function. To disable auto pay you will have to go to the Apple Music app, head to your profile, Choose “View Apple ID.” Log in, and wait for it to load than  Head to “Manage,” which is under “Subscriptions” and when your ready you can turn it off and you will not be billed after the free trial ends.

Author: Justin Harris

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