Featuring a 24-hour radio station, a music-streaming service, and social networking tools for artists and fans, Apple Music is the tech giant's latest endeavor in the digital music industry.
Apple's streaming-music service, Apple Music, is available today, thanks to an update to the company's mobile operating system,
iOS 8.4. Though there is a free version of the service, you'll need to
fork over $9.99 (£9.99, AU$11.99) a month to use all of its included
Under the "For You" tab, Apple Music curates music and playlists you may be interested in.
Similar to Spotify, the app picks tracks for different genres of music, moods and occasions, like cooking, dancing and the not-so-subtly depressing "breaking up."
Searching for music brings up trending songs and terms as well.
After Apple agreed to change its policy and pay artists royalties during Apple Music's three-month free trial, pop artist Taylor Swift agreed to make her music available to the service.
With individual tracks, users can add songs to playlists, make it available offline or share the album.
You can also play, share and favorite music you already have in your iTunes catalog.
One distinguishing features of the app is Beats 1, which was acquired from Beats Music. B1 is a 24-7 radio station that is powered by real-life radio DJs in Los Angeles, New York and London.
There are on-demand Internet radio stations too, which include Pure Pop, Sound System and the Mixtape.
It's not just Internet radio that B1 that users can access -- public radio stations like NPR are also available.
Apple Music also has a social aspect called Connect, where fans can follow musicians and view behind-the-scenes updates.
In addition to seeing artists' photos and videos, users can also comment and interact with them.
Apple Music is not the only streaming platform vying for your ears. Spotify, Pandora and Rhapsody provide similar services like curated playlists and social media. For more on Apple Music, check out CNET's FAQ here.
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