Why Apple Music is worth every penny

Apple’s new Music “app first asks what genres and artists you like. By tapping in your preferences, you essentially create a virtual music nerd, ready to recommend you things based on its encyclopedic knowledge and library of 30 million songs,” Hardeep Phull writes for The New York Post.

“You’re instantly given dozens of playlists to dip into,” Phull writes. “The more you listen, the more the service gets to know your tastes. Also sweetening the deal is Beats 1, a radio service programmed by a variety of experts, such as ex-BBC DJ Zane Lowe and hip-hop don Ebro. Beats 1 is alone worth the monthly fee, even if it’s a more haphazard way of finding new sounds.”

“There’s nothing to lose by taking advantage of the service’s three-month free trial,” Phull writes. “But the truth is, even after the free sample, you probably won’t want to lose your nerdy new friend.”

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MacDailyNews Take:

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Lynn Weiler” for the heads up.]


  1. If one’s musical tastes are limited to the popular and the trendy and the marketable, then, sure, Beats1 makes some sense. Otherwise, no. I’ve always been in pursuit of music, and talent, with no commercial potential. In fact, that was a radio show I used to listen to here in Boston all the time. Great music, great knowledge, great selection. No pandering to commonalities or tin pan alley. Apple Music is not such a place.

    1. I prefer Classical Music and already have what I like. I have good speakers and enjoy playing it through iTunes. I have listened to the classical radio a few times but I prefer choosing what I want to hear. For me, there is nothing for me in the streaming service even if it were free. I can see how this is wonderful for others and have no complaint with the service.
      Different strokes for different folks!

  2. Heck, when I signed up and put in the genres I wanted it ended up giving me almost everything except what I wanted. I find it rather non-intuitive, but I haven’t really messed with it much. Kinda doubt that I will subscribe after the 3 month trial, but maybe I’m an exception.

    1. I thought so too, then I tried something on the computer. You can select more like this, never this song, etc. The system started getting the picture very quickly.

      Not sure how to do on iPhone.

      1. I just checked – you’re right! That sucks, but there’s still more than enough other stuff to warrant the cost of admission. (in my case – and probably yours 2ndmate – that would not include Beats1)

    1. clearly a service for the lowest common denominator…..I have my own eclectic taste in music and rarely does iTunes provide similar. So it’s a service for the unwashed masses then, good luck with that Apple….always the one to think different, not.

  3. I’ve added about 50 albums of music I wouldn’t have even known about to my playlists. It’s so easy to discover and check out music related to artists you already know about. They’ve turned out to be excellent. So that’s $10 – or nothing at the moment but assuming I continue – for $500 of iTunes store purchases in effect. Bargain of the century. And in the future, unlimited music of all kinds for my collection. You have to suss out how it works by clicking on everything that’s clickable… it’s hardly intuitive but it works, and then you get the hang of it. But what’s on offer is incredible.

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