After years of watching from the outside, Apple has announced that they are joining the streaming realm with the launch of Apple Music. The service will cost $9.99 a month, or $14.99 for a family plan of up to six individuals, and initially you can get it with a three-month free trial. The launch date is June 30th for Apple related products, and Android will be added in the fall.
With all of this, iTunes Radio has apparently been rebuilt and is including Pharrell, Dr. Dre, Will I Am, and Drake as DJs. BeatsOne is the first station, will be available in 100+ countries, and is going to be live 24/7 with Zane Lowe, Ebro Darden, and Julie Adenuga as the curators. Unlike some related services, the subscribers will be able to skip as many tracks as they like.
One of the new features, related to artists, is that they are introducing something new called Connect, that lets artists upload music, photos, lyrics, sound bites, and messages to share with fans. It looks like it’s going to be something similar to a Tumblr for artists, but with the music already built in – a mixing of music, social, and radio all in one. It should be interesting to read more about when it drops. Drake will be dropping his new album on Connect. Check out the commercial below.