Apple Music To Launch June 30

appleApple Music, offering streaming, online radio and an artist connection component, will be available starting June 30 in over 100 countries. The tech company revealed the long-rumored initiative today (June 8) at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco.

Initially, Apple Music will be available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, and PC. It will come to Apple TV and Android phones this fall. The streaming service and app includes the entire 30 million songs in the Apple Music catalog, and users can also listen to their own uploaded music.

Beats 1, Apple’s first live radio station, is a 24-hour listening experience led by influential DJs Zane Lowe in Los Angeles, Ebro Darden in New York and Julie Adenuga in London. It will broadcast live to over 100 countries with listeners around the globe hearing the same programming at the same time, including exclusive interviews, guest hosts and more.

Additionally, Apple Music Radio will offer curated stations across all genres. Members can skip as many songs as they like.

The “For You” section of Apple Music is curated with a personalized mix of albums, new releases and playlists.

In addition to human curation, users can ask Siri to, “Play me the best songs from 1994,” or “What was the number one song in February 2011?”

In Apple Music with Connect, artists can share lyrics, backstage photos, videos or release their latest song directly to fans directly from their iPhone. Fans can comment on or like anything an artist has posted, and share it via Messages, Facebook, Twitter and email. And the artist can respond directly to the user.

A 3-month free membership will be available June 30, after which a $9.99/month subscription fee will apply. There will also be a family plan providing service for up to six family members for $14.99/month.

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