Apple's streaming music service is now available to download, launching alongside the Beats 1 radio station.

The long-awaited Apple Music streaming service is now live, launching with the release of iOS 8.4 which is available as a free download now.

The update enhances the Music app, bundling the Apple Music service, Beats 1 radio and your own music collection.

Beats 1, Apple's new internet radio station, began broadcasting at 5pm - and is free to all Apple users.

Zane Lowe hosted the first show on Beats 1, with Eminem set to be the first superstar guest. Dr. Dre, Ellie Goulding, Elton John and Pharell will also be hosting their own shows. 

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Following the three-month trial, Apple Music will cost £9.99 per month or £14.99 per month for a family subscription for up to six people.

As well as its £10 per month option, Tidal also offers CD-quality streams for £20 per month. There's no sign of CD-quality streams on Apple Music, nor any confirmation of the rumour that the service will offer 256kbps streams.

While you'll get access to the iTunes music library, Apple also has some exclusive streaming content, including Pharrell's new track Freedom, the Taylor Swift album 1989, and Dr. Dre's classic album Chronic.

The iOS update is available now on all compatible iOS devices. 

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Chrisdraper85's picture

Sonos Compatibility

Any word on whether you can add Apple Music as a service onto Sonos yet?

Joe Cox's picture


It's promised for later this year:

Geddy76's picture

Big name bias?

I don't care for the latest pop tracks, so I'll stick to Spotify. I've invested a lot of time and effort collecting albums and playlists to drop it for another service.

David Bickley's picture

Another "Me too" service

Is there any chance it will be added to the Naim system firmware as an option? Spotify is of course & this platform (and others like it)  is where a lot of people will be using it. What about better stream quality? Apple`s offering seems to be just another "Me too" service, and why is it $10 in the U.S & £10 in the U.K? is it me or is this just another rip off Britian because we can scenario by Apple?

chebby's picture

"... and why is it $10 in the

David Bickley  wrote:  "... and why is it $10 in the U.S & £10 in the U.K? is it me or is this just another rip off Britian because we can scenario by Apple?"

No David, this is just another " off Britian because we can scenario" like Spotify.

They charge £9.99 in the UK and $9.99 in the USA. (But because they aren't Apple I guess that's cool?)