Apple Music Now Available For Android Mobile Users
Since November of last year, a test version of Apple Music for the Android mobile operating system had been made available. But it appears that Apple is now ready to roll out its music streaming subscription service to Android mobile users around the world, with the arrival of the Apple Music app for Android in the Google Play store this week.
Basically, the Android version of Apple Music is very similar to the one found in iPhones everywhere. It gives listeners the ability to stream over 30 million songs, check out on-demand curated radio stations with the user’s favorite tracks, tune in to playlists compiled by music experts, listen to the 24/7 Beats 1 radio station in order to check out tracks hand picked by disk jockeys across the globe.
On top of all that, Apple Music for Android also comes with new equalizer settings, plus unnamed performance, playback, and stability enhancements. The new equalizer settings allows users to adjust the bass and other levels, plus select specific preset music types, like punk rock or reggae. Moreover, Apple Music for Android also provides a home screen widget from which users can play tracks, plus an option to download music to an SD card.
Due to the rivalry between Apple and Google, you do not often see the iPhone maker offering something for Android mobile users these days. True, Apple has always stuck to its own formidable horde of die hard fans. But if Apple Music is to take on already established music streaming giants such as Spotify, Pandora, Amazon Music, and Google Play Music, it will need to tap users of the world’s most widely used mobile operating system. And also maybe, just maybe, Android mobile users who got to experience Apple Music might just be persuaded to switch from Android to iOS.
Apple Music has built quite a following. In June earlier this year, Apple had revealed that its music streaming subscription service had accumulated about 15 million paid subscribers one year after it had debuted. Quite an impressive number, but if it is to catch up with Spotify’s 30 million subscribers, it will need to tap into a larger pool of prospective customers. Hence, the world of Android.
Free trials are offered by both Apple Music and Spotify, but whereas the former offers three months, the latter only allows a month free. Spotify however allows listeners access to its basic version free of charge, while Apple Music is strictly a paid service.