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Reading through your comments about Apple Music, the iPhone maker’s new $10 per month music-streaming service with 24/7 radio and other features, one crucial question seems to preoccupy the collective hearts and minds of those contemplating switching from Spotify: offline playback.

Thankfully, Apple’s confirmed that its new streaming service will indeed permit music lovers to save their playlists and songs for offline playback, just like Spotify does.

“As an Apple Music member you can add anything from the Apple Music library — a song, an album or a video — to your collection,” according to a statement by an Apple representative issue to Re/code.

“And that’s just the warm-up act. From there you can create the perfect playlist from anything you’ve added. You can save it for offline listening and take it on the road.”

This is great news!

The new Music section on Apple’s website confirms this as well.

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From the looks of this chart, it doesn’t seem the free trial will be available on Android, the reason being that it requires signing up with an Apple ID so that credit cards on file can be charged after three months.

Apple probably doesn’t want to implement Apple ID support in an Android app, and my best bet is that they’re doing so for security reasons.

“Apple Music for Android features are limited to paid members only,” reads the fine print.

Be that as it may, I’m very relieved by offline playback as any lack of it could prompt me to stick with Spotify.

As things stand now, I’m definitively going to take advantage of the free three-month trial before kissing Spotify good-bye for good. If Apple’s service turns out to be a dud, I’ll just continue using Spotify.

It’s a good thing that Apple Music will be available on Android via a dedicated app. But there’s one area where Spotify still has the upper hand over Apple Music: rich third-party support.

Spotify provides an API for developers so apps like Algoriddim’s djay Pro for iPhone, iPad and Mac let you mix Spotify tracks straight from the cloud, which is pretty darn awesome in my book.

Additionally, the popular Swedish music service is available in far more places than Apple Music, including gaming consoles, wireless speakers, dedicated MP3 players and a host of other audio accessories.

Apple Music will be available starting on June 30 in over 100 countries and across the iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, Mac and PC. Starting this fall, Apple Music will be coming to Apple TV and Android phones.

Whether or not Apple chooses to open up its fledgling music service to app and device makers remains to be seen but the company would be wise to do so because for all the seamlessness and vertical integration of its ecosystem, we now live in a multi-platform, multi-screen world, wouldn’t you agree?

By the way, Apple Music is on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr.

Source: Re/code

  • Osama Muhammed

    I’ll absoltuely miss spotify 🙁

    • Kenrick Fernandes

      but will taylor swift be on this new service?

      • askep3

        If she is I won’t switch over haha

    • M_thoroughbred

      Lol me too

  • Matheus Lisboa

    Well, then… Apple music here I come!!!

  • Matheus Lisboa

    Trent Reznor’s voice narrating the video is just as sexy as it can get

  • XZavier

    Does it have more content than Spotify? For example Taylor Swift?

    • Noah Mospan

      Anything you can find on iTunes will be available to stream. Atleast thats what I heard during the keynote. Im very excited!

  • I don’t know if I’m ready to give up spotify :/

  • Chris Gaunt

    So what will the music quality be?

  • Raul Torres

    If we are coming from beats music do we still get 3 months free?

    • Creavite

      You get 3 months free as long as you have an AppleID

    • Byron C Mayes

      I’m guessing — based totally on nothing — that if you’re already a paying Beats Music subscriber, they might give you a little extra sweet as a thanks. Nothing major, perhaps an extra month off or a small buying credit. But if you have an Apple ID you get three free months whether you’ve had it all along, or make one to sign up for the new service.

  • David Fabian

    At least initially I’ll miss some of the social aspects of Spotify (feed of tracks being played by friends, rich community of playlists), but I won’t miss the company one bit. Spotify’s desktop and mobile apps have been buggy and there are serious usability issues with the app. Fequently the company would rip out loved features in new versions with little explaination or regard for the community.

    Now, will Apple be better on this front? Time will tell, but Apple tends to be slow and steady, and they’ve got a lot of money and a lot of time to get things right in the long run.

    • Byron C Mayes

      I’m a current Beats Music subscriber and I can tell you that a good portion of the Music app you saw demo’d at the Keynote are based on and improvements of Beats functionality. Those “what do you like” bubbles are in the Beats app now as are curated playlists. Even Connect is an expansion of the artist pages that already exist in Beats Music (Drake will start out with about half a million followers from the get go).

      Beats doesn’t have a free tier, but if you can spare ten bucks and keep your mind open you can get a three week sneak peek at some of this stuff.

  • Shrey Gupta

    I hope that they launch it in India as well. We are still waiting for iTunes radio.

  • Did they even mention iTunes Radio? Or are they now hoping the flop will fade out of existence?

  • Benedict

    “Apple probably doesn’t want to implement Apple ID support in an Android app, and my best bet is that they’re doing so for security reasons.”

    – Please explain..

    • Andy

      Sounds like something a typical Apple fan boy would say, taking a jab at how unsecure Android is. So it’s totally fine for Apple to take your payment details in Android but no Apple ID support is because of “security reasons”? You gotta be kidding me.

      • Benedict

        Perhaps because Apple ID’s were hacked a while ago and intimate fotos leaked. True it would be too insecure for Android then… 🙂

  • What I haven’t heard mention of ANYWHERE is will Apple Music REPLACE iTunes match and it’s ad free internet radio? I pay the $25 for iTunes match and can’t see paying $10 monthly for this.

    • 5723alex .

      It seems like it will replace iTunes match as the service includes all music on iTunes and your own music (matched, bought…).

    • It seems like you can do either/or/and. They say on the site that the services are “complementary”

  • Benedict

    I hope Apple Music doesn’t get rejected from App Store because mentioning Android in the describtion 😀

    • 5723alex .

      Apple Music app won’t mention Android on the app store. It may mention iPhone on the Google Play store .

  • Kyle McNulty – Mclovin341

    One thing i love with Spotify is say i have a few devices connected to Spotify i can use one device which is connected to a speaker and then use the other device to control the music which is played,
    will this work with AppleMusic if i have an iPad and iPod touch, or Mac and iPhone, etc…?

  • Dante Arellano

    FOR ANDROIDE??????? Wtf wtf wtf wtf wtf wtf