Apple Music Beta Arrives on Android

Posted on November 10, 2015 by Paul Thurrott in Android, iOS, Music + Videos with 0 Comments

Apple Music Beta Arrives on Android

Apple just delivered its first major app for Android, Apple Music, bringing the new music service to the largest mobile ecosystem. This initial version is considered a beta, and comes with a 3-month trial for those who haven’t yet tried Apple Music.

There’s no official announcement about the app release yet, but according to the app page on Google Play, this first release provides the following:

3-month free trial of Apple Music. Which is important as there is no free tier.

For You. This section provides handpicked recommendations by music experts based on what you already listen to and love. I find this to be the best part about using Apple Music.

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New. Here, you can browse and play the latest, greatest new music available—curated by Apple’s editors.

Radio.: These radio shows provide music, interviews, and exclusive content on Beats 1. Or, you can just play radio stations created by Apple’s editors.

Connect. Here, you can dive deeper into your favorite artists.

Playlists. This section now commingles your saved Apple Music playlists with your own personally-made playlists.

My Music. This is where you go to find all of your iTunes purchases and saved music from Apple Music in one place.

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Looking at the app on my Moto X Pure Edition, it appears to look and work much like the iOS version. But the iTunes Store is unavailable—it’s a separate app on iOS—and there are some missing pieces like music videos and family membership signups. Apple says it will add those last two bits in the future, and optimize sign-up for Android. I’m curious to see if they ever add the ability to buy music as you can on iOS.

(Since I know the pedantic will jump all over this, Apple Music isn’t Apple’s first app for Android: It previously released a comically terrible Move to iOS app and a Beats Pill+ app too.)

You can download Apple Music Beta for Android from the Google Play Store.

 

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