Apps, News — November 13, 2015 at 1:03 pm

Apple Music is finally available on Android, but does anyone care?

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Apple Music has released an app for the Google Play store, offering Android users the opportunity to use the app for the first time on their mobile devices, but how easily will they be able to convince Android users of its merits?

 

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The move opens the app to more than 1.2 billion users that weren’t able to use the 30 million song catalogue or tune into live radio on Beats One previously. Probably of most importance to users that have migrated from IOS to Android or use iTunes as their primary media player on their PC, it’s the first official way to stream music you’ve purchased from iTunes on an Android device.

 

“From the beginning with Apple Music, our goal was for everyone to use it.

 

The service has gathered 65 million paying subscribers in a little over 4 months after its launch and is timed well with highly anticipated releases from Adele, Rihanna, One Direction and Justin Bieber expected in the coming weeks.

 

Eddy Cue, Apple’s SVP of Internet software and services spoke to Mashable, saying, “from the beginning with Apple Music, our goal was for everyone to use it.”

 

The version is still a beta version and comes without certain features like the ability to play music videos and voice control but these features will be integrated in coming updates. The app also requires Android 4.3 or later in order to run but for all other purposes, it operates more or less as it would on an Apple device.

 

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For now, you can only sign up for an individual monthly subscription, which costs $9.99 (£9.99, AU$11.99) within the app. You still get a free three-month trial, after which you’ll be automatically charged unless you cancel.

 

Early reviews of the app are rolling in and are mostly positive though as BGR reports, more than 3000 Android users have flooded the app with one-star reviews with a mixture of legitimate criticisms related to crashing and functionality, but also littered with a number of vengeful fan-boys expressing their dislike of Apple.

 

As to how successful the app will be is still up in the air. It has arrived on the marketplace years after fellow streaming applications like Spotify, Pandora, Deezer and Rdio. Additionally the service doesn’t allow users to use Apple Music as a media player for content stored on the phone already like Google Play does and the emergence of newly announced service YouTube Red, which allows you listen to music through YouTube using a soon-to-be-released YouTube Music app, adds further competition to an already crowded marketplace.