“The world finally got a look at Apple Music. The subscription service includes Beats 1 radio programming, costs $9.99 per month (or $14.99 per month for the family plan) and will launch on June 30 [in over 100 countries],” Glenn Peoples reports for Billboard. “It has a typically sleek Apple design and will be available on Apple mobile devices, Apple TV, and Mac and PC computers (and Android devices in the fall). It lacks the social features of Spotify, but has a social-like feature called Connect. Users’ iTunes catalog and playlists automatically port to the subscription service.”

“After a long wait, the presentation by CEO Tim Cook, SVP Eddy Cue and Jimmy Iovine provided many answers. Many questions remain, howeve,” Peoples reports. “Do iTunes Radio and iTunes Match fit into Apple Music? Apple Music incorporates on-demand streaming, the Beats 1 radio service and the iTunes Music Store. But the keynote made no mention of Apple’s two other music services. Our guess is iTunes Radio and iTunes Match will be kept separate — at least for the time being — because their licensing deals call for revenue sharing and royalties distinct and separate from Apple Music royalties.”

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“Apple Music subscribers can save music for offline listening,” Chrisina Warren reports for Mashable. “iTunes Match, which allows users to listen to their library anywhere via the cloud, is basically included with the Apple Music subscription. It isn’t clear if that product will live on on its own or not, but if you pay $25 a year for it, you’ll get access to Apple Music.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Well, since Apple Music will cost $119.88+tax per year, we doubt the $25 annual fee gets iTunes Match subscribers access to Apple Music, but it would be nice if Apple did something for their loyal, relatively few iTunes Match customers, wouldn’t it?

UPDATE: 10:35am EDT: As per Joe below, Apple’ website states: “Does Apple Music work with iTunes Match? Yes. Apple Music and iTunes Match are independent but complementary.”


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