“Apple doesn’t lag behind, especially when it comes to music,” Susie Ochs writes for TechHive. “The iTunes Store was one of the first ways to legally buy digital music, Steve Jobs managed to coax the record labels into agreeing to drop DRM, and iTunes Match gave people who’d invested years into growing large personal music collections a way to dip their toes into the convenience of streaming. Still, when it comes to a real streaming service, companies like Spotify and Rdio are way ahead.”

“I’m a streaming junkie. I’ve been a paying Rdio subscriber for years, and it’s completely changed how I listen to music,” Ochs writes. “While I still play some of the old standby albums I’ve loved for years, having millions of tracks at my disposal all the time has expanded my repertoire in all directions and deepened my appreciation for genres and artists I probably wouldn’t have ever ‘invested’ in by buying albums or even tracks à lah carte.”

“Beats Music as it exists does a great job of combining the “lean-back” style of streaming—the Pandora model, where you start a station or a curated playlist and let ’er rip—and the ‘lean-forward’ style, where you queue up exactly what you want to hear, à la Spotify and Rdio,” Ochs writes. “By adding human curation, Beats can help you find music you might like without you having to do much work. It’s pretty great, but the plans 9to5Mac’s sources outlined sound even better.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Ochs writes a bit about Apple “reclaiming” the digital music throne, but, the fact is, Apple’s very firmly ensconced on that throne already. With the forthcoming release of iTunes Music, they’ll simply be adding to their kingdom.

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