Apple Music price

Apple Music audio quality depends on whether you’re streaming over Wi-Fi or cellular, Eddy Cue, Apple’s Senior Vice President of Internet Software and Services, said on Twitter. In addition, users on iOS 9 Developer Preview will be able to sign up for and use Apple’s music-streaming service “early next week” when the company is scheduled to seed a new beta of the software to members of its Apple Developer Program, Cue added.

The executive also responded to a question asking about opting out of Apple Music auto-renewal, saying “you can turn off auto-renew anytime easily online”. Cody has posted a tutorial on disabling auto-renewal in Apple Music in order to avoid charges after your free trial.

Slashgear reported last month that Apple Music would stream song files at a bitrate of 256kbps. In comparison, Beats Music and Spotify use a 320kbps bitrate.

Unfortunately, Apple Music currently does not allow users to change streaming quality manually on Apple Music even though Betas Music has that option. It would be certainly useful, especially given 4G LTE is often faster than Wi-Fi and for many with unlimited plans usage isn’t a major concern.

Apple has yet to specify Apple Music bitrates for each connection type.

On the other hand, it should be noted that although Spotify uses a higher bit-rate, they’re streaming song files in the MP3 format, as opposed to Apple Music and iTunes Match that use the AAC format which offers better quality at 256kbps than MP3 streaming at 320kbps.

Songs purchased from the iTunes Store are delivered in 256kbps AAC as well.

Spotify offers a 96kbps bitrate on mobile and 160kbps on desktop and web player. The high-quality 320kbps MP3 streaming on mobile and dekstop is only available to Spotify’s Premium subscribers.

Yesterday, Apple issued a new version of iTunes for Mac and Windows PCs alongside the iOS 8.4 software update for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad with support for Apple Music and Beats 1 radio streaming.

Apple Music is free to try for three months, after which Apple will charge your payment method on file $9.99 per month for uninterrupted music listening experience with advanced features like offline playback iCloud Music Library syncing and more.

A $14.99 tier for families up to six is also available.

Come this fall, Apple Music will support Android and the Apple TV.

Speaking of streaming quality, how many of you would be willing to pay more for lossless audio?

Source: Eddy Cue

  • Krystian Łazowski

    Spotify is using OGG not MP3.

  • Stanislav Tokaryev

    I listened to spotify premium almost since it came out and in my opinion the music quality is very good at both services. The thing I like very much at Apple music is b1 radio and playlists, but I don’t like performance it’s laggy. So that’s my opinion!

    • tiltdown

      So true, I’m also concerned about adding local files and syncing it to my iPhone. I still don’t get why it’s not syncing to my phone. 🙁

    • askep3

      You’re right, it takes a second when you click on a song to start, but I think that it will improve after a while because Apple will have time to improve the servers and peoples free trials will run out so there will be less of a load on the server

    • Jackson Grong

      I was interested in the same thing, yesterday I listened to my brother’s 2000$ headphones and my M-50s, using an iPad Air 2. To me, Apple Music always sounded better, way better, especially in albums like OKcomputer.

  • You can’t say Apple Music has a lower bitrate so it’s de facto lower quality.

    AAC performs better at compression than MP3. Both are transparent when compared to lossless at respectively 256 and 320 Kbps.

    Moreover, I believe Spotify streams Ogg Vorbis on its desktop software.

  • mike

    does any1 know when beat music will get on apple tv ?

  • tiltdown

    Typo: “Betas Music”

  • Skoven

    I’m sure a jailbreak tweak can fix the bitrate at the highest possible, regardless of network type.
    I am personally waiting for Spotify/Deezer/Apple Music to stream in lossless quality <- the price tag will determine which one i choose… i currently find Tidals $19.99 lossless service to expensive. Hopefully some competition will change this!

    • 9to5Slavery

      I don’t mind paying 25$ a month. I just want more better quality I’ll rephrase that highest quality and better choice like spotify and pandora

  • socrates

    I’m a bit lost with all these Apple Music goings on. What happens to iTunes Radio? What are the new features of Apple Music which iTunes Radio did not include?

    • RayRayBeav

      With iTunes Radio, which still exists, you can play a station just based on one artist or song.

      With Apple Music, you can play any song just by searching for it. Also Apple Music will create suggested playlist based on your favorite artists.

      • socrates

        I see. Is Beats 1 the iTunes Radio replacement then?

      • RayRayBeav

        No Beats1 is just a new ‘station’ on iTunes Radio, it’s a 24hr station

      • socrates

        That doesn’t seem too new, aren’t all stations 24hr? Thanks for your help lol, I haven’t had the time to follow this all too closely.

      • RayRayBeav

        It’s more of the traditional radio station, where they have actual hosts, and you can request songs etc.

      • socrates

        Hmm. Cool. I’ll give it a try when the iOS 9 beta is updated early next week.

        Thanks again for your knowledge!

  • Nick Greenway

    Has anyone noticed you can’t airplay beats1 on mac?

  • Nesly Lacroix

    I beg to differ with you about audio quality. I am an audiophile and the sound quality is most important for me. I rank the major players in this order: GPMAA, Spotify, Rdio, Rhapsody, and Apple Music.

    • 9to5Slavery

      Where is pandora

      • Nesly Lacroix

        Pandora is just radio. Not a full streaming service. I did not include Slacker and iHeartradio also.

      • 9to5Slavery

        It is NOT JUST radio, it is a streaming service.

      • Nesly Lacroix

        What else does Pandora do besides radio? Do they have on demand streaming?

  • Niko

    Spotify’s 320 kbps quality is not that great. Because of that and the way they have the songs titled are the reasons why I’m choosing Spotify over Apple music. I’ve been testing Apple music for a day and I’m already loving it. I just wish there was a way to add songs to a playlist directly on my computer like the way is possible to do it on my phone, instead of having to add the song to my music and then to a play list.

    • 9to5Slavery

      MORE choice!

  • Andrea Pistolesi

    Let’s talking about of sound quality.
    Everyone have been submissive to the mantra which says that AAC at 256 kbps is better of MP3 at 320 kbps.
    I would like to know who was the guilty of that irresponsible sentence.
    If you really want to listen to the music and not his hologram, believe me: that mantra is not true at all. There are a lot of differences between codecs and finally you will decide to use only the lossless ones.
    Be sure to have some kleenex in your pocket and try for instance to encode something unusual such as very deep electronic sound like Ryoji Ikeda, in any lossy format at any bit rate and you will clearly hear what each codec does to your music.
    Now take the paper towel and cry looking at your entire lossy music library.
    “Apple music” and sisters are great informative services but the sound quality is so poor that I suggest to use them in a place such as a mall a shop or a waiting room.

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