Apple Working on New Beats Music Service Integrated into OS X and iOS, Available on Android

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple is working on a new Beats-based paid music streaming service that will be deeply integrated into iTunes on Mac and the stock Music app for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, according to 9to5Mac. The report claims that the Apple-designed streaming service will also be available for Android and through a new Apple TV app in the works.
    The report adds that Beats Music users will be able to merge their existing account with an iTunes/Apple ID account for seamless transition to the new service. The app's design will shift away from the traditional red and black branding of Beats and feature a user interface that resembles the look and feel of iTunes and the stock Music app on iOS. New social features will also be included for sharing music and playlists with friends.

    Apple's new subscription-based service is expected to cost $7.99 per month, cheaper than the $9.99 per month charged by Beats Music and competing services such as Spotify, Rdio and Google Play Music. While the new Beats service will inevitably have some overlap with iTunes Radio, iTunes Match and the iTunes Store, the report claims that Apple will retain all three offerings.

    While Beats Music is available for Android, this new service will mark the first time that Apple develops an Android app in house. Apple CEO Tim Cook has previously expressed that he does not have an issue developing an app for Android if the circumstances make sense, but this will be the first time the company actually delivers on that idea. Unlike Beats Music, however, no Windows Phone app will be offered.

    Due to some personnel changes and other difficulties in the collaboration between Apple and Beats, which the iPhone maker acquired last year for $3 billion, the timeline for this new streaming service project remains in jeopardy. The report claims that while Apple originally planned to launch the service in March, sources claim that the company is now more likely to launch the service at WWDC in June.

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  2. afsnyder, Feb 4, 2015
    Last edited by a moderator: Feb 4, 2015

    afsnyder macrumors 65816

    Jan 7, 2014
  3. Chatter macrumors 6502a

    Jun 10, 2013
    Uphill from Downtown
    On Android! With 80% market share, it makes sense...
  4. alectheking macrumors 6502a

    Mar 9, 2010
    It clearly says it isn't. Read the freakin article before trying to be the "first!" commenter.
  5. jyax macrumors newbie

    Apr 19, 2009
    So they can make a tool for us to merge a Beats and Apple ID but not one to merge two Apple IDs?

    Otherwise excited about this. Beats just isn't doing it for me largely in part to the poor desktop version of the player. If merged into an actual application (even if it is iTunes) I'll almost certainly be switching from Spotify.
  6. Euge macrumors regular


    Aug 2, 2006
  7. LordQ Suspended


    Sep 22, 2012
    Developing an Android app as well? Hopefully this bring us one step closer to iMessage on Android!
  8. BigBeast macrumors 6502a

    Mar 6, 2009
    Hey Apple – take your time, and don't release this until it's truly ready. Basically, don't eff it up.
  9. Col4bin macrumors 68000


    Oct 2, 2011
    El Segundo
    This has always been a real headscratcher, but perhaps now we can get iTunes desktop-class crossfade ability, but in our iOS music app??? Probably not important to some of you, sure. But way overdue as a feature nontheless.
  10. scrmtrey macrumors regular


    Mar 28, 2013
    Another rubbish. Alot lame stuff from apple on yosemite, but to few ****ing fixes.
  11. Lostanddamned macrumors 6502a


    May 3, 2009
    London, UK
    How about iTunes Radio in the UK? That’d be a cool feature!

    Also, I hope this loses the beats brand in the transition…
  12. dstankus macrumors member

    May 19, 2010
    A better desktop client (like iTunes) would get me to switch from Spotify. I think I like the playlists better on Beats, but much of my listening is while I'm in front of the desktop Mac, so the poor quality of the desktop experience shifted me to Spotify.

    That, and a 20% $ reduction wouldn't hurt either!
  13. wigby macrumors 68000

    Jun 7, 2007
    They "hope" it's a replacement for iTunes Radio. This is just a rumor so this comment is just as likely right now as your hopes.
  14. Rogifan macrumors Core


    Nov 14, 2011
    Oh boy this doesn't sound good. Last thing Apple needs is a bunch of engineers in their services departments leaving because Cue/Iovine decided to promote Beats employees over them. :rolleyes:

  15. mrnoglue macrumors member

    Jul 14, 2011
    the 9to5 mac article is really interesting, as it goes in depth about an internal struggle within Apple over the direction of iTunes/Beats. I hope that this power struggle is not affecting the finished product... though to be honest iTunes is a complete mess recently.

    Also, the 9to5 mac article states that Apple is considering keeping the iTunes match and iTunes radio services, which seems like a really strange choice to me. Especially since iTunes match performs rather poorly when syncing changes in an established iTunes library (artwork, metadata, etc)
  16. RigoStar macrumors newbie

    Feb 4, 2015
  17. QCassidy352 macrumors G4


    Mar 20, 2003
    Bay Area
    And yet we still can't merge two Apple IDs.
  18. winston1236, Feb 4, 2015
    Last edited: Feb 4, 2015

    winston1236 macrumors 68000

    Dec 13, 2010
    So when I accidentally hit the play button on my Mac it will be Beats that I automatically cmd-q?
  19. happywaiman macrumors member

    Oct 7, 2013
    First thing to fix: read my Genius profile (the one in iTunes, not Apple Store)
    I have no idea why iTunes Radio doesn't read what I like and hate. (Unless Apple outsource the whole project, which seems happening to most of the new feature of iOS 8)

    I mean, if I skip a song I bought most of the time, even the dumbest data mining would rule against playing the song.

    And if they still have time left, stop streaming songs exist in my iTunes library
    The bandwidth could use to download the next songs.
  20. jef82 macrumors member

    Jun 6, 2011
  21. GenesisST macrumors 68000


    Jan 23, 2006
    Where I live
    Rumour was that iTunes Radio would come to Canada in early 2014... lol/cry/meh
  22. Eithanius macrumors 65816

    Nov 19, 2005

    I do not want any more bloats on iTunes nor OS X...! :mad:
  23. HobeSoundDarryl, Feb 4, 2015
    Last edited: Feb 4, 2015

    HobeSoundDarryl macrumors 604


    Feb 8, 2004
    Hobe Sound, FL (20 miles north of Palm Beach)
    "What do we need to improve iTunes?"

    MGT: "Add another big bloat, er block of functionality in the form of streaming audio"

    CODER: "But we already have iTunes Radio"

    MGT: "Yes, keep that... but also weave in this paid version of streaming music too. Customers have spoken and they want to pay for iTunes integrated streaming music AND have free streaming music in the SAME application"

    CODER: "What customers want that?"

    MGT: "Customers!"

    CODER (to other coders after MGT departs the room): "I wonder if those are the same 'customers' that wanted Ping?" Another Coder: "Or want to do away with playlists?" Another Coder: "Or the U2 album pushed into their music collection?"

    MGT (to other managers after getting back to the executive mtg room): "We'll roll out a free trial and motivate the masses to upgrade iTunes and iOS player because they must for ongoing iDevice & Mac compatibility. Shortly thereafter we can spin how we have more than 100M users on our new streaming music service."

    Other MGT: "Genius!"

    Soon after the rollout...

    Apple fans in full techgasms: "best streaming service ever!", "shut up and take my money"

    Others: "but Spotify", "but Pandora"

    Apple fans: "Spotify/Pandora is a joke", " abomination", "...I never liked either of them" (so YOU shouldn't either), "hundreds of millions of iDevice and Mac users have voted that Beats is best", (a conjured statistic like) "99.9% will find Beats to be all they ever need in a streaming service"

    Others: "but <either> does this better"

    Apple fans: "troll", "if you like those so much, why are you here?" and again: "hundreds of millions of iDevice and Mac users have voted that Beats is best" and "99.9%..."

    Did I miss anything? ;)
  24. tgwaste macrumors 6502a


    Sep 18, 2013
  25. Komrad808 macrumors member


    May 23, 2010
    On an active volcano
    In the words of Phil Schiller when IG went onto an Android device...."It jumped the shark when it went to Android" :apple:

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