Apple Music is a multimedia streaming media service launched by Apple Inc. The service offers users the ability to enjoy music wherever and whenever they want. It offers a free Apple Music subscription along with the purchase of the Apple iPhone and iPod touch. Users choose music for streaming to their mobile device on-demand, or in the case of purchases, they can also listen to previously played tracks. Apple Music can be integrated with other services such as iBooks, games and the App Store. It can also be accessed through the use of a compatible third party application.
Apple Music offers two tiers of access, for both the iPhone and iPod Touch. At the lower end of the scale are the free streaming videos that can be accessed via video apps on the iPod Touch. These include films and trailers, as well as viral clips from popular online channels including YouTube. If one wants to be able to listen live to the music service, then a subscription is required, and this can be done either by purchasing an iTunes Gift Card, or through a service like PayPal.
To obtain a free trial of Apple Music, one has to sign up for an account with Apple through the iTunes Music Store. After signing up, the user gets access to thousands of song titles across many genres. The free trials offer various advantages for first time users, and even for those who have been with the service for some time. To get the full benefits of the paid subscription service, one can upgrade to the paid version after having a free trial period.
Apple Music has four different pay options. They are the standard subscription plan that offers unlimited songs and tracks, or you can opt for the Limited Offer Pay Plan, which limits the number of songs and tracks one can download at a time. The Flex Playlist Plan lets the user customize playlists by adding in their own instruments and effects, while the Family Plan allows up to four people to listen to the same song in real time via headphones. Apple Music users also have the choice of having “Advance Play” features, which enable the player to preview upcoming songs and lets the user know which songs will be played next. The Family Playlist Plan also limits songs that can be listened to together.
Apple Music can be used on any of the major Wi-Fi enabled devices, which include laptops, smartphones, tablets, and various types of media players. Apple supports universal coding and has an extensive library of formatted playlists, which can be imported from third party services on iPod, iPhone, and iPad. In addition, users can search for songs and artists based on genre, album, and/or track. It also provides tools for sorting and tagging music so that listening is more enjoyable.
Compared to the old Apple iTunes, which limited users to local files and played only one song at a time, the new version, Apple Music, offers more options for listening to the latest music. As a download-only service, Apple Music has the distinct advantage of not requiring users to be online at any time. Instead of going through iTunes and manually adding tracks to the library, all you need is your laptop, headphones, and an internet connection to enjoy the latest music. In addition to being available on your laptop, Apple Music can also be downloaded to an iPhone and iPod, which enable the two devices to be used wirelessly.