Apple’s streaming service is finally available later today (June 30).
After months of speculation and hype, Apple today launches its streaming service, Apple Music, at 4pm BST.
As 9to5Mac reports, the Apple Music will arrive at the same time as iOS 8.4, which will need to be downloaded before you can make use of the service through your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch. If you’re just using a Mac or PC, you’ll need to update to the latest version of iTunes. An Android version is promised later in the year.
The company is offering a 90-day free trial for the service, but after that, it will cost $9.99/£9.99 per month. There’s also a family sharing scheme that lets you add six family members for $14.99/£14.99.
Reports also suggest Beats 1, Apple’s 24-hour global radio station, will launch an hour later with a show from Zane Lowe. As well as Lowe, Abro Darden and Julie Adenuga, presenters lined up for the station include Drake, Elton John and Jaden Smith.
With the amount of attention that’s been placed on Apple Music, it’s likely the update servers will be fairly strained come 4pm, but once the update is complete, users will be able to take advantage of the controversial 90-day free trial and listen to Taylor Swift’s 1989 and Dr. Dre’s The Chronic, two albums streaming exclusively on the service.
Earlier this month, FACT’s Andrew Friedman investigated whether Apple Music was proof that the company had stopped innovating.