On June 30th, 2015, Apple officially launched Apple Music. Apple Music gave users a way to stream whatever music their heart desired. The service also featured live radio, and a few album and song exclusives from artists like Drake, Dr. Dre and Pharrell. Apple launched Apple Music with a three month trial for anyone who signed up, which was a great deal for consumers. Musician Taylor Swift did not find the trial awesome, however. She publicly criticized Apple saying that none of the producers, writers or artists were being paid during that three month trial. Apple quickly changed its policy to make sure that everyone involved in the process would be compensated.
Apple Music quickly grabbed subscribers with its trial. In January, Apple Music had ten million subscribers. Currently, Apple Music has over thirteen million subscribers. Apple Music was initially launched only on iOS, with the promise that it would be coming to Android shortly. In November of 2015 it officially came to Android devices. Of course, with any new launch there will be things that users wish could be changed. While the numbers on Apple Music look great, some customers had a lot to say about the ease of use of the application (due to the UI being hard to navigate). Users also weren’t fans of the bugs in the app and the way that the application drained the battery on their devices. Now, just shy of a year later, we are hearing rumors that Apple Music is due for a big reboot.
According to reports from Bloomberg News, Apple is going to make Apple Music more intuitive to use. Other changes that we might see include better integration of downloading and streaming options and some expansions to the radio feature. These changes are expected to come to light on June 13th. That is also the same day as WWDC, Apple’s popular developer conference. This is where we usually hear about changes to their operating system and new features that we’ll be seeing in the future. Apple announced Apple Music during last year’s WWDC, so it makes sense that we’d be seeing some updates about the service this year. Do you use Apple Music? If so, what things would you change about it?