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Apple Music feels at home on Android, but it's missing a few things

Andrew Hayward | Nov. 12, 2015
Far from a quick-and-dirty iOS port, the music service looks and acts like a proper Android app.

Beyond the couple of notable omissions, Apple Music also earns its beta tag with occasional bugs. I ran into a couple instances where unresponsive buttons wouldn’t let me stop a stream, for example, forcing me to reset the app. And I also noticed some jittery moments while playing Beats 1, which I haven’t experienced on Mac or iPhone. Early issues on a relatively new platform for Apple, no doubt, but by and large playback has been reliable thus far.

Anyone already deeply entrenched in another streaming service will have to decide if the added value of Beats 1, various exclusives (Taylor Swift! Drake!), and iTunes Cloud Library are enough to pull you away, but the free trial should eliminate any hesitation. Sign up, give it a shot, and just be sure to cancel before the three months are up if you’re not swayed. You never know—you might actually like Apple’s Android offering.

 

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