Apple and the staggered Apple Music rollout

“In theory Apple Music debuted at 9:00 AM Pacific time in the U.S. In theory, but not for everyone,” Gene Steinberg writes for The Tech Night Owl. “If you wanted to use the new subscription music service on your Mac or PC, you needed iTunes 12.2. But that release didn’t make its presence known until after 3:00 PM Pacific time, sporting a much improved icon influenced by the original Apple logo.”

“If you’re using the iOS 9 beta, you’ll have to wait until beta 3 arrives next Tuesday. Apple TV and Android users will have to be patient until fall for gratification, and it will be interesting to see how fans of Google’s mobile platform will respond,” Steinberg writes. “It’s very much the equivalent of the launch of iTunes for Windows in 2003.”

Much more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: That iTunes 12.2 delay was perplexing and caused a lot of Mac-only users and Windows-only sufferers to miss the live debut of Beats 1. We were happy to catch Beats 1’s opening moments via our iPads.

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Apple’s Beats 1 starts broadcasting – June 30, 2015
iTunes 12.2 missing in action as Apple Music, Beats 1 launch – June 30, 2015


  1. I think it was delayed on purpose to distribute the traffic load, so users going after 8.4 would not be downloading 12.2 at the same time… course you never know.

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