Apple reveals new Music app to rival Spotify
By Leo Kelion
Technology desk editor
8 June 2015
From the section Technology
Apple has announced a new app that combines a streaming song and music video library, an internet radio station and a way for artists to share unreleased tracks and other material.
It includes a recommendation system that uses both human curators and computer algorithms to suggest songs.
The service is set to challenge Spotify, Tidal and other music apps.
Apple also revealed that the UK will be the first country to get its Apple Pay service outside of the US.
Apple’s Music app will allow users to stream songs from its iTunes music library
“A lot of people in the industry see the launch of the music service as a big deal, and their hope is that this will help take subscription-based streaming mainstream,” commented Chris Cooke, from the news site Complete Music Update.
“But Spotify has an ad-supported free level to help sell its premium packages, which Apple doesn’t, so it still has a unique selling point.”
Apple’s service introduces the Beats 1 radio station, which will be hosted by ex-BBC DJ Zane Lowe among other big name sign-ups.
The app also works with Apple’s voice-controlled virtual assistant Siri, allowing subscribers to ask it to play a song from a movie soundtrack or year without needing to know the track’s name.
Zane Lowe will host a show on the Beats 1 radio station from Los Angeles. …read more
Source:: BBC Entertainment