Carrier Beats Music

Wide opeN

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First of all let me say, that Beats Music allowed me to give Spotify their walking papers today.

This app is ABSOLUTELY fantastic and breath of fresh air from Spotify.

I digress however, as my reason for posting primarily is that of the Family Plan option available to AT&T subscribers. Am I the only one that feels like AT&T locking this feature down is a MAJOR coup for us big blue subscribers!?

$14.99 for unlimited music enjoyment, not to mention my listening sessions not being interrupted anymore by my wife and daughter on Spotify AND carrier billing.

This is definitely trouble for Spotify if you ask me, lol.

Thoughts!?
 

T5BRICK

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I've been using Google Music all access for almost a year now. I signed up right after it came out so I locked in the $7.99 monthly price, but even with the current $9.99 price, it seems like a better deal than $14.99 for Beats Music.

*edit* I just realized that Google says the service can only stream to 1 device at a time, but my wife and I have been using it for months and we've never had an issue.
 
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co.ag.2005

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the feature where you don't use carrier data with the app is almost worth the purchase alone.
i didn't know this.. if I'm using AT&T data, it doesn't count towards my 10GB mobile share bucket? do you have a link/FAQ? if not, I'll be googling soon... tia.
 

T5BRICK

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the feature where you don't use carrier data with the app is almost worth the purchase alone.
I'm not sure where you're getting your info, it says this right on the AT&T FAQ:

Do I need a data plan to use Beats Music?
Yes. Beats Music allows you to stream and download music to your smartphone or tablet, so an appropriate data plan is necessary. For example, using the service to stream about 30 songs a day for 15 days in a month would use about 4GB of data. On average, downloading a 4-minute song at 320Kbps (high-quality setting) would consume about 8MB of data.
 

cammyg123

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the feature where you don't use carrier data with the app is almost worth the purchase alone.
Agreed. The offline mode is what swayed me.

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I'm not sure where you're getting your info, it says this right on the AT&T FAQ:
You can download the music on to the application. Once downloaded, it shows up in "My playlists" once you activate the "offline mode" slider.
 

T5BRICK

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You can download the music on to the application. Once downloaded, it shows up in "My playlists" once you activate the "offline mode" slider.
You can do that with Google Play and Spotifiy. RDIO as well, I believe. It's not some special feature you can only get with Beats Music.
 

co.ag.2005

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You can do that with Google Play and Spotifiy. RDIO as well, I believe. It's not some special feature you can only get with Beats Music.

Correct. But it's cheaper for 2 people. That's why I switched. I had google play for $7.99 for a while but it lacked the catalog of spotify. So far beats has matched spotify as far as catalog is concerned for me. Ymmv. So far so good. We'll see how it goes with more usage.
 

heyyitssusan

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Target is giving out the 30 day free trial cards. They don't ask for credit card number at all so it's nice. I like it so far. Probably won't pay for it though, but it's a nice change from hearing ads all the time in pandora.
 

SaintsMac

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I am trying Beats out as well. I like it so far but the webplayer keeps acting up. Sometimes the music will take forever to load or not play at all.

Are you guys having any such issues?
 

AppleRobert

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I'm not moving to AT&T so I'll just keep rocking with Google Music and Spotify.
Both have served me well.
 

Wide opeN

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I am trying Beats out as well. I like it so far but the webplayer keeps acting up. Sometimes the music will take forever to load or not play at all.

Are you guys having any such issues?
Yeah, same here, but sheesh the app just came out yah know!?

This app is more musically inclined than Spotify on its best day, thus I'm in it for the long haul.
 

Chocolatemilty

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I fired up the 3 month trial for family plan members and put Beats Music on all four of our iPhones and my iPad. So far, the entire family is loving the service. I am still subscribed to Google Music All-Access, but so far, I haven't used it besides accessing my own library, which I think I'd keep for the free Google Music locker service. I really don't like the iOS app, but I admit I haven't tested what made me angry about the app with All-Access since Google pushed the latest update. Other than that, I think I'll be ditching All-Access. We've all decided to put in an extra $3.74 on our bill since we all pay separately, which comes out cheaper than Google Music for me with a better catalog. We'll see how it materializes until Cinco de Mayo when our trial is over.
 

thatoneguy82

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Like others have said, Spotify has an offline feature so it's not new. However, reading the thread I do agree about the data usage. I know AT&T can differentiate between streaming via Beats Music and other data traffic. If they disregarded the Beats Music data, I would be all for this. Spotify is great but annoying when someone else is listening and you almost get into this "war" until someone eventually loses.

However, if AT&T does include the Beats Music data to your plan what is the incentive for it? Spotify and others would be just as good and cheaper, too.
 

dmystic1

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I fired up the 3 month trial for family plan members and put Beats Music on all four of our iPhones and my iPad. So far, the entire family is loving the service. I am still subscribed to Google Music All-Access, but so far, I haven't used it besides accessing my own library, which I think I'd keep for the free Google Music locker service. I really don't like the iOS app, but I admit I haven't tested what made me angry about the app with All-Access since Google pushed the latest update. Other than that, I think I'll be ditching All-Access. We've all decided to put in an extra $3.74 on our bill since we all pay separately, which comes out cheaper than Google Music for me with a better catalog. We'll see how it materializes until Cinco de Mayo when our trial is over.
So I signed up for the family plan, how do I get each line to have there own login? I don't want everyone using mine. I can't figure it out.
 

Chocolatemilty

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So I signed up for the family plan, how do I get each line to have there own login? I don't want everyone using mine. I can't figure it out.

I had everyone put in their phone number online on the Beats Music website, and it sent a code via text. From there, they registered with their own account that was put under the family account. https://account.beatsmusic.com/partner/att