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Apple Announces Its New Streaming Music Service, Apple Music

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The 2015 Apple WWDC event yielded the announcement of Mac OS X El Capitan, iOS9 and the long-awaited streaming music service from the Cupertino behemoth, Apple Music. Priced at $10 a month (there doesn't appear to be a free version on offer), Apple Music will take the revolutionary step of making the service available for Android. How it hopes to differentiate itself from the pack is the integration of Siri, allowing users to submit requests like "Play me the best songs from 1994." There's also a 24-hour live radio station, Beats 1, led by DJs Zane Lowe in Los Angeles, Ebro Darden in New York and Julie Adenuga in London. The feature is meant to translate the experience of old-fashioned human-curated playlists for the digital age. Finally, "Connect" will allow listeners to connect with their favorite artists through social networks. They'll get access to exclusive content like behind-the-scenes video, and artists will be able to communicate personal messages to their fans.

Apple Music kicks off on June 30th with a free three-month subscription. As previously noted, the premium subscription price will be $10 per month, but there will also be a $15 per month family plan for up to six family members.