Apple might be late to the music streaming game, but that hasn't stopped it jumping onto the bandwagon. Come 30 June, the tech giant will launch Apple Music, an app that pulls together a new and improved version of iTunes; Beats 1, a live radio station; and Connect, an interface that allows you to interact with your favourite artists.
For starters, iTunes is no longer just a static repository for your music. In addition to your personal collection of music ripped from CDs as well as tracks downloaded from iTunes, you now have access to Apple Music's catalog of 30 million licensed tracks. Can't make sense of this mind-boggling selection of tracks? Simply turn to playlists curated by Apple employees.
The human touch carries through to the app's second feature: Beats 1, a 24-hour radio station that broadcasts worldwide. The station anchored by DJs Zane Lowe, Ebro Darden, and Julie Adenuga will fling more than music into the mix by featuring interviews with artists along with other music culture tidbits.
The final component of Apple Music is a social network of sorts. Dubbed Connect, the interface allows artists to share backstage photos, videos, or even drop new releases directly to fans via their iPhones. Conversely, fans can 'like' or comment on these posts, with the option of sharing it via their own social networks such as Facebook or Twitter.
Apple Music is available on 30 June at US$9.99 a month. It'll be available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, and PC