Further Apple Music details arrive: catalog limitations, offline mode, free access
Yesterday brought us Apple’s announcement of its new streaming music service, as the company used its “one more thing” moment at the end of the WWDC keynote to introduce Apple Music. With promises of access to high quality radio, a huge library of streaming music, and exclusive content from popular artists, the service sure sounds like it has a lot going for it. Now in the hours since the initial reveal, we’re picking up on some additional details about just how Apple Music will work, what content it will offer, and what you’re going to be left without.
Take, for instance, the issue of streaming access to the iTunes library. Apple was clear during its announcement that Apple Music subscribers would be able to listen to such tracks, but it stopped short of saying they could stream everything. Indeed, it’s now coming to light that not all iTunes artists have signed-on to make their catalogs accessible through Apple Music, and that notable acts like The Beatles may be absent.
How about free access? Apple explained that while you’ll have to pay the $10 a month for full Apple Music access, features like the Beats 1 radio station and ability to follow artists on Connect would be available to anyone. Now we get get some additional details about all that, like how free users will be able to listen to Apple Music radio but enjoy only limited skipping, while paid members will get unlimited skips. There’s also the issue of how none of this free stuff will be available on Android once support for the platform arrives – Android will be paid or nothing.
Finally, we get confirmation about offline playback, alluded to during the announcement itself. Subscribers will be able to save tracks and playlists for offline access where data connectivity can’t be guaranteed.
Apple Music opens to listeners at the end of the month.