Apple Music is off to a good start, with 15 million subscribers according to Tim Cook. In time, though, Apple may want to expand the service’s reach, and if recent rumors are any indication, the company may be working to do just that.
The German-language tech site MobileGeeks (via SlashGear) published screenshots that show what appears to be a version of Apple Music for Android devices. The screens show various sections of the app, such as the New and For You screens, as well as Beats One streaming radio. The app by and large looks like the iOS version, but it integrates some Android design conventions, such as the Hamburger menu in the upper right corner.
One of the purported screenshots of Apple Music for Android. Credit: MobileGeeks
Apple Music on Android is intriguing, but don’t get too excited just yet. First, screenshots can be easily faked in an image editing app like Photoshop, and even if Apple is toying around with an Apple Music app for Android, that doesn’t necessarily mean such an app will ever see the light of day. Still, you can’t discount this rumor entirely.
MobileGeeks has a decent track record when it comes to Android rumors, and this wouldn’t be the first hint that an Android version of Apple Music is in the works. Last month, TechAeris reported that some users received invitations to join a limited beta of an Apple Music app for Android. We’re not entirely sure of TechAeris’s rumor-mill track record and there are reasons to question the notion that Apple would perform a beta test in this way, but it doesn’t seem beyond the realm of possibility.
Rumors aside, an Apple Music app for Android just makes sense. The streaming scene is hotly contested, and if you want to win it over, you need to go to where the users are, even if they aren’t on your platform. Android would seem to be the next logical step.
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