Music Streaming: What did Apple Music bring to the table?

Apple has released iOS 8.4 for iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch, and with it comes one of the company’s most anticipated services – Apple Music. It represents Apple's long awaited debut in the streaming music space which gives Spotify another huddle to scale even as Google stepped up its own music streaming offering.

Albeit, Apple Music is arriving years later than many anticipated, it remarkably debuts as a well rounded service.

And Perhaps most importantly, the fact that it fuses some of the best aspects of Google Music and Spotify into one. So what did Apple Music bring to the table?

Music lovers' will for the first time be getting a bespoke, human curated, playlists - and the right to upload 25,000 of own tracks free, which will increase to 100k with iOS 9 (in contrast to Google Music's 50,000).

And a longer 3 month free trial period compared to one month on Google Music and two months on Spotify. Additionally, users' get a manned ‘Beats One’ radio service that steps beyond the automated radio playlisting of Google and Spotify.

However, details on how Apple Music will work offline and audio tracks max out at 256kbps verses the higher quality 320kbps of Spotify and Google Music remains sketchy. While Apple Music will break new ground with a Fall release on Android, Google Music and Spotify are already available on iOS with the latter also on Windows Phone.

Apple will be giving out subscriptions free for two years with the purchase of a new iPhone or iPad. And afterwards, charged at $14.99 per month ‘Family Pack’ for up to six people against the $9.99 per month single user option on Google Music.
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