It’s been a little over three months since Apple Music shook up the streaming service industry with its launch. Just like most Apple fans, I jumped on the opportunity to try out the three month free trial to see all of the hype. Now that my three month trial is up, I thought it would be a good time to share why I fell in love with it and would prefer it over most of the other major music streaming services.
5. The free trial length is generous and the monthly pricing is reasonable.
Three whole months of testing out the service for free is a steal to me. I believe that the longest free trial for a music streaming service, excluding YouTube via Google and the free options on Spotify and Pandora, is for a month through Google Play. Once the three month free trial is over, you either pay $9.99 a month for an individual plan or $14.99 a month for a family plan of 6 people. There’s even a free version where you can listen to their radio station, Beats 1, which I will discuss later on in the post.
4. It matches up with the music you own all in one place: iTunes.
If you’re using an iPhone with an iOS system over iOS 8.4, then Apple Music will be alongside all of the music you have on your phone. The same goes for your computer via iTunes, as well as your iPad. There’s no need to download a new app if you’re already using iTunes as your music player.
3. The curated playlists vary in genre, sound, region and are all suggested based on what you frequently listen to.
Much of what I listen to at the moment is hip-hop and jazz, so the playlists suggested for me were hip-hop and jazz based. They’re also really informative in terms of connecting you with music you may have never heard or haven’t heard in a long time. The hip-hop playlist topics range from songs by artists from Virginia, the best hip-hop diss tracks, songs produced by or featuring Q-Tip, and hits from the ’00s. Long story short, the playlists provide a variety of music from iTunes’ extensive library, which includes over 30 million songs.
2. Beats 1 Radio’s programming and playlists after the shows make the whole service worth using.
Beats 1 is one of the best things that Apple has done in years. Yup, I said it, YEARS. For those that aren’t familiar, Beats 1 is a 24-hour radio station that broadcasts from New York, Los Angeles and London. The station plays a variety of music and you can call in to their station during particular programs to request songs. Plus, there are a lot of hosts that broadcast their shows either on weekdays, weekends, or once per week/biweekly, which leads to my top reason for liking Apple Music:
1. The star power involved with the service is amazing.
Dr. Dre. Drake. Q-Tip. Jaden Smith. The Soulection label/collective. Vashtie. Ebro. All of these personalities have shows on Beats 1 Radio and they’re all pretty good. Other than Drake, pretty much everyone involved with Apple Music hosts a show.
If you follow me on Twitter and have seen me tweet more frequently on Saturdays, it’s because I’m live tweeting about Dr. Dre’s “The Pharmacy,” which is my favorite show on Beats 1 because listeners get to connect to Dr. Dre a lot compared to the past. He doesn’t personally use his social media pages, he doesn’t release music often, and he doesn’t do many interviews, so “The Pharmacy” is a way to hear a lot of stories and his expertise in hip-hop. It’s really awesome. His co-hosts are pretty awesome too!
Now, even though I say that Apple Music is great, it doesn’t mean that I don’t find any fault in it. There are a few things that I don’t like about it at all, particularly the playlist glitches that sometimes occur in iCloud. Those negatives aren’t such deal breakers for me that I would never use the service. I actually prefer it over all of the other providers that I’ve used in the past (Spotify, Pandora, and Tidal).
Have you used Apple Music? Do you like it or not so much? Let’s talk about it in the comments section or on Twitter at @amirahrashidah and #TranscendingSound.