It seems like only last week that Moscone West was filled with developers keen to learn more about Android, ChromeOS and Google products, but today it’s Apple’s turn with their World Wide Developer Conference (WWDC). The reason WWDC is of any interest to us is that their newly announced Apple Music streaming service will be coming to Android later this year.
Officially, the service will arrive worldwide on June 30, though international rollouts are always finicky it is something Apple can do fairly well.. The service will arrive with a 3-month introductory offer, and then cost US$9.99 per month, offering streaming music from Apple’s admittedly fairly major music catalogue – as well as your own ripped CD’s. The service also offers a new radio station called ‘Beats 1’, which offers music selected by popular DJs (Zane Lowe in Los Angeles, Ebro Darden in New York and Julie Adenuga in London).
The $10 per month plan will also be joined by a $15 per month ‘Family Sharing plan’ though seems to be tied into their Apple iCloud account.
The service will come to Android phones according to Apple, though this would conceivably include tablets as well – I wouldn’t bother asking for Android TV, Auto or Wear at this stage.
We’ll soon see how good it is when it goes up against the incumbent streaming services such as Pandora, Rdio, Spotify and of course Google Play Music.
Are you going to try out Apple Music?