iOS 8.4 & Apple Music - Now Available!

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  1. theshabster

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    iOS 8.4 is now live and available for download. If you don't automatically get a notification from Apple, go to: Settings>General>Software Update

    The update is approx 200MB in size, with the major addition being access to Apple Music (Apple's rival to Spotify) and Beats 1 radio station, all included in the newly redesigned Music app.
    Apple Music will be available immediately after iOS 8.4 is installed, while the Beats 1 radio service will kick off at 5pm GMT.

    Beats 1 radio station features 24-hour live human-curated music at no cost, and Apple Music Connect, a social networking platform that allows artists to interact with fans and share content like photos and videos. Apple Music includes millions of songs from iTunes and is launching simultaneously in more than 100 countries.

    Users will have free access to Apple Music for 3 months, after which the service will cost £9.99 per month for a single user, or £15 per month which allows up to 6 family members access to their own Apple Music account.

    Along with Apple Music, today's iOS 8.4 update includes a complete overhaul of the built-in Music app. It incorporates Apple Music and it features a new design that shows pictures of artists in the Artists view and a new MiniPlayer with a revamped "Now Playing" look. There are personalized playlists, global search capabilities that make it easier to search within the Music app, and a streamlined design for the radio feature to bolster music discovery.

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    Other minor changes in iOS 8.4 include the relocation of audiobooks from the Music app to the iBooks app, consolidating all books, print, and audio into one convenient spot, and a new Audiobooks for CarPlay app, giving drivers a standalone app dedicated to playing their audiobooks.

    I'm personally looking forward to Apple Music via Car Play, as the current Spotify integration is buggy, and overall not a pleasant user experience.

    Enjoy, and share your thoughts regarding iOS 8.4, Apple Music and Beats 1 radio station below :)
     
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    Just installed it and testing it out. All works well as you'd expect from Apple. It's nice that it's all integrated into one app. I think this will be serious competition for spotify, though until it's integrated with Sonos then I won't be signing up after the trial.
     
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    liking it so far, already created me various bits and pieces for listening.

    just remember to switch off auto renew - so you don't get stung after the 3 month trial is over
     
  4. Flashy

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    Anyone know when the three month trial starts? Is it upon updating (ie, free until end of September) or is it three months from when you sign in and start using?
     
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    Impressed enough so far to see this replacing Spotify for this house. The family account option is great - everything just has that Apple slickness to it and even enjoying Beats 1 via AirPlay to my AV Amp. Sonos integration later in the year will just complete it
     
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    Does this replace iTunes Match?
     
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    Even though Metallica have been quoted as trusting  with their music and will be a part of Music.
    Find there is only 2 song and one of them is a promo (still working on it) song and one is a cover with Ray Davis of You really got me ???????
     
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    Yes and no.
    Does this do everything Apple Match does........ yes !
    Does it do more........ yes !
    Does it cost more............... Yes!!!!

    The thing i have found with streaming sites is that if your a huge music fan and don't mind listening to song you have never heard then it would be better to go with Music.

    If like me (which I'm gonna test for 3 months) you go through stages of listening to the same genre or same artist week by week and you already have music you like on iTunes Match then you may find yourself having a huge catalogue that your not going to listen too & end up skipping songs, as you have never heard em' or listen to what you already have on iTunes match. If thats the case then your best off with the £21 a year iTunes Match.
     
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    So I have subscribed on to the family sharing package. How does my wife sign in to apple music? I may be silly here but she is being asked to subscribe to one of the packages and submit her cc details. Am I missing something? Does she have to sign in as me? Where is the option of being part of my 'family'
     
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    Enjoying the integration with the apple watch. Have created a playlist on my phone but flicking through all the tracks from my watch whilst the phone is on charge in the kitchen.
     
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    I'm very disappointed with the app, there is too much going on with the UI and it's very confusing.

    Where are the playlists for the top 20 for example. The your music section is a mess.

    apple are supposed to be the kings of simplicity.
     
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    I already had iCloud sharing setup so it worked for me fine. As soon as subscribed to Apple Music the other 3 family members got a notification that they can now access family Apple Music

    I'm guessing you may need to go to iCloud on your iOS device and set up your family account first?
     
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    Thanks realised my mistake. My wife's account had been put back to her account. All sorted
     
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    looks like some albums are still being uploaded as Metallica's back catalogue is on there now
     
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    Already loving Beats1 to discover music, Thumbs up from me.

    Also like the new iTunes app for the desktop mainly for Beats1 integration along with music streaming all in one place just like the iOS apps
     
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    It would be interesting to see how long a song has to play for before  stump up the royalties.
    I've been skipping songs 20-30secs into the track all night just to see how well the algorithm does.
     
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    How is $9.99 equivalent to £9.99 a month? You'd think Apple would price under Spotify to try to shift users over.....
     
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    Ok, I've downloaded the 8.4 software update onto both my iPad and iPhone but cannot find Apple Music anywhere ! Is it a standalone app or integrated into another app ?

    Thank you

    Please ignore this post, found the app in the Music folder !
     
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    It replaces the old red music/iTunes app. ImageUploadedByAVForums1435731378.646022.jpg
     
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    Apple Music on Sonos in the pipeline it would appear....

    Apple Music Coming to Sonos Home Audio Systems by End of 2015 - Mac Rumors
     
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    A bit miffed after spending two hours adding music to various playlists it only added the first ten tracks.

    I generally forget track names and remember just the artist. Annoying there's no scrub bar at the bottom when I want to quickly skip through a track having to open the full play control up. Enough space at the bottom to add one
     
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    It's never been Apple's modus operandi to undercut the competition. They don't seem to be suffering too much as a result. :)
     
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    It doesn't quite work that way if your thinking of exchange rates.
    In everyday living $10 to an American is pretty much just the same as £10 is to us in the UK.
    We may not like it or agree with it, but it's always been this way.
     
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    Big thumbs down from me. Home sharing is no longer available tho' apparently listed as a known issue.

    C. :(
     
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    Loving it so far
    Already found a lot of new music recommend in the for you part.
     
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    Am i doing something wrong...?
    is the ONLY way to get my physical itunes library onto the iphone now via icloud music library, then i have to download the music on the device? (it seems to have uploaded all my music during the day while ive been at work!)
    I try and drag and drop my music from itunes to the phone and nothing happens. I've never synced my whole library in the past, always manually added. Never used itunes match.
    Am i just missing something?

    Been using Spotify over the last year, so not been using itunes at all!
     
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    I wish I'd read this before I'd updated. What a backwards step.
     
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    So after family setting working on my wife's phone last night she has gone to uAw today and it's back to subscription required!!! What is going on.... Anyone help?
     
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    That happen to one of my sons today. He restarted his phone and it was fine again.

    Few bugs me thinks!
     
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    One thing I noticed - they have finally moved Audiobooks into the iBooks app, and stopped mixing them up with my music - that has annoyed me for ages! No longer will shuffle play suddenly pick a random chapter of book!
     

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