Should You Switch To Apple Music? After Testing It, We Have Many Thoughts

07.01.15 3 years ago 16 Comments
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JUNE 08:  Apple's senior vice president of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue (L) high fives with recording artist Drake during the Apple Music introduction at the Apple WWDC on June 8, 2015 in San Francisco, California. Apple's annual developers conference runs through June 12.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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After ruling the headlines in recent weeks, Apple Music is finally here. First, Taylor Swift wrote Apple an open letter, which caused the company to reverse course and pay artists during the initial three-month free trial period. Naturally, she followed up by gifting them 1989. Exclusives such as Pharrell’s new single, “Freedom,” and Dr. Dre’s classic album, The Chronic, have been announced, while Beats 1 Radio programming was revealed to include various celebrity hosts and an exclusive interview with Eminem.

None of this matters, however, if Apple Music can’t deliver on its initial promises:

  1. Better recommendations for artists and playlists
  2. Highlighting new artists and releases
  3. Compelling live programming, featuring Beats 1 Radio
  4. Seamless integration of ripped / purchased music with 30 million tracks available for streaming

Let’s tackle each feature individually.

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