Apple Music review: Pricing, features and devices
With over 50 million songs, Apple Music has struck a chord with music lovers around the world.
Apple Music features a vast library of songs that can be streamed to a variety of modern devices wherever and whenever you want. But while it works with a wide range of devices, it operates best with iOS devices.
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Pros and cons
- Seamless integration across iOS devices
- Available on a variety of Android and smart home devices
- Large music library
- Needs to be played through iTunes on a Windows PC
- No free subscription option
What features does Apple Music offer?
One of Apple Music’s greatest strengths is its range of curated playlists put together by Apple’s team of music experts. With playlists for gym junkies, golden oldies and the most selective of audiophiles, there’s plenty available for music lovers of all tastes.
Apple Music also enables users to keep up with current releases with playlists like Future Hits, Best of the Week or Today’s Hits, making it easy for you to discover new favorites. As an added bonus, you can also follow the lyrics to the songs you’re listening to right in the app.
Personalised curation is another area where Apple Music proves its worth. Like Spotify, it builds a custom playlist for you every week based on what you’ve been listening to. And Apple Music has a wider variety of new and undiscovered artists, so there’s a greater chance you’ll stumble across something you’ve never heard before.
You can connect with your friends on Apple Music and see what they’re listening to. And you can create your own playlists and share them with the world.
Apple Music also enables you to download songs, albums, or playlists to your device, so you can listen while on the go without burning through your mobile data allowance. You can store up to 100,000 songs at a time offline.
What music is available on Apple Music?
Apple Music boasts one of the largest streaming music libraries out there, with over 50 million tracks in its catalog. There’s not much you won’t find in there, with everything from the latest hip-hop hits to the hardest classic rock.
As a bonus, any music in your iTunes library — regardless of whether it was purchased from iTunes or ripped from a CD — can be played through Apple Music, saving you from having to maintain multiple libraries for all your music.
What devices are compatible with Apple Music?
Apple Music works with a number of different devices both inside and outside the Apple ecosystem. For the best support, you’ll want to update your device with the most recent software available.
- iPod touch
- Apple Watch
- Android smartphones and tablets
- Windows PC
Smart home devices
- Alexa-enabled Sonos speaker
- Amazon Echo
- Amazon Fire TV
- Apple TV
- Cars with CarPlay support
How much does Apple Music cost?
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Apple Music offers and impressive library and seamless integration across iOS devices. But if you’re listening primarily on a Windows PC, you’ll need to download iTunes — which Apple is no longer updating. If you’re not an Apple device-user, you may want to compare other streaming services.