Apple Adds Beats Music to App Store List of 'Apps Made by Apple'

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Following Apple's official acquisition of Beats Electronics and Beats Music, the Beats Music iOS app has been added to Apple's App Store listing of "Apps Made by Apple," giving the app high-profile placement to encourage downloads.

    This section of the iTunes Store, which also houses Apple-designed apps like Pages, Numbers, Keynote, iPhoto, and more, can be found in the Quick Links section of the iOS App Store and the desktop iTunes Store.

    The addition of Beats Music to the Apps Made by Apple list follows its inclusion in the list of apps recommended to new iOS users, another move that will undoubtedly result in a high number of Beats Music app downloads. According to Appshopper, Beats Music's popularity has soared in recent weeks. It is currently ranked fourth in music and number 23 in overall free apps.

    As of May, Beats Music had garnered 250,000 subscribers, a number that has likely grown significantly with the app's prominent placement in the App Store and Apple's high-profile acquisition of the company. In contrast, Apple's iTunes Store has sold 35 billion songs and its existing streaming radio service, iTunes Radio, has more than 40 million listeners.

    Unlike many of the other apps listed in the Apps Made by Apple section, Beats Music is not free. While the app can be downloaded at no cost, it requires a monthly subscription priced at $9.99. Unlike several competing streaming music services, Beats Music does not offer a free ad-supported listening.

    According to rumors, Apple has plans to keep the Beats Music service as a standalone entity, separate from its own iTunes and iTunes Radio offerings.

    (Thanks, William!)

    Article Link: Apple Adds Beats Music to App Store List of 'Apps Made by Apple'
  2. macrumors 6502a

    Oct 23, 2007
    Makes sense...

    Will be nice if they tie it into iTunes/iRadio.
  3. macrumors 68040


    Sep 16, 2007
    Albuquerque, USA
    For the brief period I tried Beats Music, I enjoyed it. If they can somehow couple it with iTunes Match/Radio I would love that. Group it all into one yearly cost.
  4. macrumors 68040

    Sep 20, 2006
    Aussie living in Canada
    Wonder if they will rebrand it, kill off iTunes Radio?
  5. macrumors 68020

    Oct 14, 2011
    I would guess that's the long term goal.
  6. macrumors 6502a

    Jan 13, 2004
    If only they'd bring it to the UK, along with iTunes Radio....
  7. macrumors 68000

    Mar 5, 2012
    Central California
    Make it free! That would be amazing so then that could add some competition to spotify which I love and pay for
  8. macrumors G5


    Nov 14, 2011
    Apple owns Beats now so this app is considered an Apple app. Wow, what a shock. :eek:
  9. macrumors 6502

    Oct 28, 2008
  10. macrumors 6502a

    May 27, 2008
    Oslo, Norway
    Not even availiable in Europe... Just so Apple...
  11. PocketSand11, Aug 15, 2014
    Last edited: Aug 15, 2014

    macrumors 6502a


    Jun 12, 2014
    Hopefully they merge it into iTunes Radio, despite that "according to rumors, Apple has plans to keep the Beats Music service as a standalone entity, separate from its own iTunes and iTunes Radio offerings."
  12. macrumors member

    May 12, 2009
    This is stupid.

    This is not the Apple I remember. Apple should have integrated this service into the Music app on iOS. Instead the company is spinning off different brands and it leads to a less uniform experience. I wish the company would focus on their core products and services and guarantee reliability and stability. It feels like the company is losing something that I use to value.
  13. macrumors 65816


    Jun 13, 2013
    I love beats music, by far the best for streaming music service.
  14. macrumors 68000


    Jun 23, 2009
    How coincidental the color of the circle around the "b" in the beats logo is almost exactly the same color scheme as the iTunes Radio app logo. Noticed that a few months back. Its not like those are common colors either.
  15. macrumors regular

    Sep 22, 2006
  16. macrumors 65816


    Apr 8, 2010
    I think you're grasping for straws with that statement...


    Definitely doesn't seem "coincidental" to me - I don't personally think the color schemes are that much alike. They're both pinkish.
  17. macrumors 68000

    Oct 31, 2005
    'Free' is not a good business model when you have to pay royalties for the media provided.
  18. Gayobama, Aug 15, 2014
    Last edited: Aug 15, 2014

    macrumors newbie

    Aug 13, 2014
    Heck yeah!!! Here is my money Apple. Please take it!
  19. macrumors regular

    Dec 3, 2013
    That is a power of money.
    You can own if if you buy.
  20. macrumors 6502

    Sep 30, 2007
    iTunes Radio Need Improvement

    iTunes Radio needs some serious improvement. Each "channel" keeps replaying the same 15-30 or so songs it feels like. :( You would think that with the world of music at your fingertips it wouldn't seem so stale so fast. :/
  21. macrumors 65816


    Dec 5, 2012
    Man, I wish people would stop posting about this.

    I use iOS. Not Android.


    Wouldn't they do that the other way around...? Mix it into iTunes Radio and kill off the beats app?
  22. macrumors regular

    May 9, 2014
    I am starting to think that Apples primary motivation in buying Beats was to keep competitors from integrating it into their products. I'm not talking about the "tech" crowd, and most of the posters on this forum, but the everyday young kid or adult who would purchase a product strictly because they think having a beats speaker system creates a more premium product.

    I know that this was already done before, with HP I believe, but perhaps Apple felt that moving forward if Beats were to continue to become a bigger and more popular brand it could threaten and take away sales from it's other products. Thus, while 3 billion was a ton of money, it's pennies to a company with over 100 billion in cash to spend, and if it hurts competitors ability to gain any sort of edge in the future it is money well spent.

    The reason I say this is because I really can't see any way that Apple is able to actually incorporate Beats into other products. Their will be no Beats speakers in IPhones, MacBooks, or anything else.. The music streaming service, while interesting, does not strike me as any sort of game changer that would bring in significant revenue in the near future. It seems Apple is content with owning Beats in name only, and keeping the service and it's products relatively separate from the rest of Apple.

    Seems like Apple wants to just continue to earn the profit coming from the suckers who buy the overrated and overpriced Beats headphones, get the software for the streaming service that I never see competing with the likes of spotify, and most importantly eliminating a potential distinguisher for its competitors that may have existed if all the stars aligned at some point in time in the future.
  23. macrumors 68000


    Mar 28, 2005
  24. macrumors 6502

    Mar 22, 2010
    There are very good reasons for why this hasn't happened yet. It's not a cut and dry issue. I have no doubts that eventually things will move to an experience much like this, but until streaming profits catch up to what the iTunes Store brings to the music industry, they're not going to rock that boat. Their content partners have been getting hit hard enough as it is, and unlike many other companies, Apple is smart enough to realize that they need to actually have content PARTNERS and help them as much as they can to be successful.
  25. macrumors regular


    Aug 21, 2012
    It will all tie in soon, trust me!

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