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    Apple is reportedly working on a new Beats-based paid music streaming service that is said to be deeply integrated into iTunes on Mac along with the stock Music app found on iOS devices. The report also claims that the Apple-designed streaming service will be made available for Android and through a new Apple TV app – something that many didn’t expect. The following was mentioned regarding the matter:

    "Based heavily upon cloud streaming, Apple’s new service is centered around the user’s music library. A new search feature will be able to locate any song in the iTunes/Beats catalog, and users will be able to stream music from the catalog as well as add songs to their personal libraries. Users will be able to select specific tracks to store on their iOS devices and/or computers, or keep all songs solely in the cloud. Apple will also deeply integrate Beats Music’s Playlists, Activities, and Mixes features into the new service, letting users access a vast array of pre-made, human-curated playlists to fit various activities."

    The report adds that Beats Music users will be able to merge their existing account with an iTunes/Apple ID account for seamless transition to the new service. Furthermore, the redesigned app will be moving away from the traditional red and black Beats branding and move towards a user interface that bears more resemblance to iTunes and the stock Music app. Social features will also be added for sharing songs and playlists with friends.

    The service as a whole is expected to be introduced at a $7.99/month price point which is cheaper than what Beats Music priced their service at previously and competing services such as Spotify, Rdio and Google Play Music. Although the new Beats Music service will inevitably have some overlap with existing Apple services such as iTunes Radio, iTunes Match and the iTunes Store, the report claims that Apple will continue to retain all three offerings.

    Another interesting tidbit about the whole situation is that the revamped Beats Music app/service will also be made available for Android. This is the first time that Apple develops an Android app in house. Apple CEO Tim Cook previously expressed that he doesn’t have an issue developing an app for the Android platform if the circumstances made sense. This is the potentially the first time the company may actually go along with the idea. It should be noted that even though Beats Music will be made available on Android, no Windows Phone app will be offered.

    For now, we’ll have to be patient for the new Beats Music service to be released.

    Source: 9to5Mac

    Twitter: @AkshayMasand
    2015-02-04 06:57 PM
  2. rickuk's Avatar
    iTunes Radio still isn't available in the UK, so I'm not holding out much hope of this new service being available either
    2015-02-04 07:25 PM
  3. Evaded's Avatar
    New features and a price drop. Sounds great to me!

    This seems like it will make iTunes Match obsolete, unless you want ad free music while using iTunes Radio. I wonder if they will bundle it with iTunes Match.
    2015-02-04 07:47 PM
  4. corurhaw's Avatar
    What if you have a Beats Family plan? Currently through AT&T Beats was offered for $9.99 for an individual account or $14.99 for a Family plan that allowed upto five accounts. Will the people in the family plans have to pay $7.99 each or will some kind of family plan. If so, it would be nice if they lowered the price accordingly such as $12.99 down from the $14.99 that we've been paying through AT&T. Also will you need to pay Apple directly or can we pay through our carriers whom possibly would pay Apple from the money collected from customers? If family plans are eliminated, I'm guessing that the money will maybe be paid to apple and possibly, if that is the case, that could eliminate needing extra fees on my cell phone bill. There are a lot of details missing from the article and I just thought I would throw them out there.
    2015-02-06 04:07 AM