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Apple Music FAQ: The ins and outs of Apple's new streaming music service

Leah Yamshon | Sept. 30, 2015
What kind of playlists can I create? Will Apple Music replace iTunes? What will happen to my Beats subscription? We have the answers, and more.

Is there a free, ad-supported version? Sadly, no. Some aspects will be available to anyone who logs in with an Apple ID—namely, Beats 1, the ability to follow artists on Connect, and the ability to listen to Apple Music radio stations with a limited number of skips—but a paid subscription is required to access Apple Music’s entire library. 

What devices can I use this on? Apple Music is available for all iPhones, iPads, and iPod touch models that are running iOS 8.4 or later. It’s also available on the Mac and PC via iTunes 12.2 or later. It will be coming to the Apple TV and Android phones this fall. It also pairs with the Apple Watch.

Wait, did you say Android? Yes! Android users will have access to Apple Music starting this fall. Music for all!

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Credit: Apple

When will it be available? Apple Music launched on June 30 on iOS, OS X, and PCs, and will expand to Apple TV and Android devices this fall. Apple offered a three-month free trial upon launch, which ends on September 30.

Does it work with AirPlay? Yes! Each song or music video has an AirPlay button next to it—just tap it and select the device you want to beam to.

Which countries have access to Apple Music? Apple Music is available in more than 100 countries worldwide, including the U.S., Canada, the U.K., Australia, Japan, Brazil, and India. Check out Apple’s complete list for more info.

Moving to Apple Music from other streaming services

What about Beats Music? Will my Beats subscription disappear? Beats Music isn’t going away just yet, but it’s on it’s way out. Beats is no longer taking new subscribers. If you’re an existing subscriber, you’ll see a prompt in Beats Music on your iOS device or Mac, urging you to move your subscription over to Apple Music. All of the albums you’ve saved and playlists you’ve created will sync over to Apple Music from Beats. You can also keep your Beats username and use it on Apple Music. The subscription cost is the same—$9.99 per month—and once you move your account over, your Beats subscription will be canceled.

If you pre-paid and have an unused balance on your Beats account, your remaining balance will transfer over as a credit to your iTunes account, which you can use for your Apple Music subscription once your three month free trial expires. If you opted for carrier billing on Beats, your carrier will refund you. 

Android and Windows Phone subscribers won’t see this prompt to switch until Apple Music becomes available for those platforms. Beats Music has a complete FAQ on its website, if you need more information about canceling.


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