Unveiled at this year's Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple Music is an alternative service to the iTunes Music Store that offers unlimited music streaming, akin to competitor Spotify. In addition to music on demand, Apple Music also includes saving music for offline listening, specialty playlists curated by experts, Beats 1 online radio and Siri integration, allowing the digital assistant to take requests through voice commands.
A subscription to Apple Music costs $9.99/month. There is also a family membership for $14.99/month that includes up to six concurrent members. Apple is currently offering a lengthy three-month free trial for new subscribers, beneficial for anyone on the fence about giving the service a try.
I want Apple Music! What do I need?
An Apple ID (Don't have one? You can create an account here)
iCloud Family Sharing enabled (Only if you plan to get the family membership)
A compatible device (details below)
What devices work with Apple Music?
Apple Music is will work on a number of devices, namely the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, PC and even the Apple Watch. Android users, unfortunately, will have to wait until the service reaches their platform this fall.
You will have to update your iTunes and/or the iOS Music app to the latest version to be able to access Apple Music. Not sure how that works? We've got you covered.
Updating your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch
1. Plug in your device to a power supply so the battery doesn't die mid-update.
2. Go to the Settings app and the tap General > Software Update
3. Tap "Install," and then go for a walk. An iOS update can sometimes be multiple gigabytes in size, so downloading and installing the update may take a while.
4. Apple Music will be incorporated into the Music app, so just head there to enjoy Apple Music's new features.
Updating your iOS device through iTunes
1. Open iTunes
2. Plug in your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch or Apple Watch
3. Click on the device tab in the left-hand corner of the window (for this example, we are using an iPhone)
4. While on the device window, click the "Check for Update" button, under the Summary tab.
5. You can choose to only download the update to apply at a later time, or download and update your device all at once. For now, choose both and let iTunes do its thing.
Updating iTunes on your computer
1. Open iTunes
2. If you aren't immediately prompted for an update upon opening, highlight "Help" from the toolbar and select "Check for Updates."
3. Update iTunes, which may take a while depending on your internet connection speed. For best results, restart your computer after downloading the update.
Don't have iTunes? Download it for free from Apple's website.
I'm all updated! Now what?
That's it! Once your machine is running the latest version of iOS or iTunes, simply log into Apple Music using your Apple ID and sign on for the free trial. Until the three-month period expires, enjoy unlimited music streaming, curated playlists and albums from Dr. Dre, Taylor Swift, and more.