Earlier this month, Apple announced plans to launch Apple Music. The music world was—well, abuzz. Yes, that’s fair enough to say.
In case you haven’t been following, Apple Music is an upcoming app that promises to put all of your music in one place. It will feature streaming music, as well as live web radio and a social component that allows music fans to connect with artists.
It’s hard to say what impact, if any, this will have on the music world. However, here are seven things you should know about the service before it debuts next week.
1. Apple Music will have a lot of music. The service will combine everything in the iTunes Store, along with whatever CDs you have ripped. It will put all of that music on-demand at your fingertips—all 30 million songs.
2. It won’t work with a lot of home products—at least not at first. A lot of people are wondering how to stream Apple Music around the house. You can keep wondering for now. At launch, Apple Music will concentrate on hooking mobile listeners. That’s not to say that home support won’t be added at some point. In fact, CasaTunes recently came out as one of the first whole-house music systems to announce support for the service.
3. Siri knows best. The digital voice assistant may not always know the best place for Thai in your immediate area, but “she” does know music. If you ask Siri to “Play the best songs from 1994,” she will oblige. Whether or not you agree with her selections is another story.
4. Beats 1 replaces iTunes Radio. This is a live radio station that will broadcast 24/7. It’s going to be available everywhere, but the actual music will come out of New York, Los Angeles and London. It will include plenty of music, but also interviews and music news. The company is banking on you knowing and trusting DJs Zane Lowe, Ebro Darden and Julie Adenuga for all of your music needs. If you don’t like them, you can build your own station based on an artist, song or album.
5. The listeners will be limited—for now. Apple Music will launch on iOS, Mac and PC devices. Sorry Android users. However, you are not alone! Apple TV also won’t get the goods, but support for both is expected sometime this fall.
6. It’s not free. Although Apple is offering a free 3-month trial period, the service is $9.99 per month. There’s also a family plan for up to six users, which costs $14.99 per month. (Just know that the family plan requires iCloud Family Sharing, so you can’t cheat the system with someone you barely know on the other side of the globe.)
7. Actual people are involved. Siri and other Apple technology aside, Apple wants you to know that actual humans: are involved in this project. Artists will communicate with listeners through artist pages, which may include videos, photos, behind-the-scenes clips and other tidbits. Also, the company is using real live people to program the music. Imagine that!
Apple Music will officially launch in over 100 countries on June 30, 2015.