With iTunes update MIA, workaround brings Beats 1 to desktop

“In addition to the Apple Music service, non-subscribers will still notice a redesigned Music app an Up Next feature for managing current music playback and access to Apple’s Beats 1 streaming radio station”, 9to5mac said.

Swift had initially threatened to boycott Apple Music, speaking up for artists who had complained that Apple wouldn’t pay for streams during the initial three-month trial.

That’s what some critics are fretting about Apple Music – that it is a small too complicated for the tastes of somebody like, say, the late Steve Jobs. The more you listen, the better For You gets. Apple Music is also on available on PC and Mac via iTunes, and is enabled via the 12.2 update.

iPhone and iPad users can sign-up to Apple Music by upgrading their devices to iOS 8.4, the latest update to Apple’s mobile operating system.

Apple Music and Beats 1 began broadcasting in 100 countries on Tuesday, with broadcasts kicking off with Zane Lowe’s two-hour show at 5pm United Kingdom time.

Some analysts anxious Tuesday whether Apple will be able to catch up with Spotify, whose music-streaming service is estimated to have 20 million paid subscribers.

Apple hopes to set Apple Music apart from the pack by offering a full complement of popular services alongside Apple-only tricks – like the voice-controlled iOS Siri digital assistant, now programmed to find things like “the top songs from 1982” and play them in Apple Music.

“[The service hopes to] deepen the connection between artists and fans”.

That’s why I was surprised and relieved when I saw that Apple had chosen artists and collections from all categories in the For You tab. Beats 1 – worldwide and always on.

But unlike most of its competitors, music is not Apple’s core business. iTunes and other product sales accounted for less than nine percent of the US$750 billion company’s revenue in the last quarter.

My Music: Play all of your iTunes purchases, songs from Apple Music, and playlists in one place.*.


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