After purchase by Apple, Beats Music drops its price, doubles the trial period

After purchase by Apple, Beats Music drops its price, doubles the trial period
Now that Apple has acquired Beats Music, the Beats Music app has been updated with an immediate change in the pricing of the streaming music service. In addition, those downloading the app on iOS, Android and Windows Phone, will find that the free trial period has doubled from 7 to 14 days. An annual subscription to the service is now $99, down $20 from the previous price.

Apple announced earlier today that it was buying Beats Audio for $3 billion, although $400 million of the purchase price will vest later. Apple's plans for iTunes Radio are expected to be announced at WWDC, with expectations high that the service will be rolled into a separate app in iOS 8.

As far as today's update to the Beats Music app is concerned, you probably won't notice much difference in appearance. The update did add some bug fixes and the usual performance enhancements. And Apple has no plans to drop the Android or Windows Phone version of the apps. "It's all about the music," said Tim Cook, Apple's CEO. Cook also said in a memo that Beats Music will be integrated with iTunes Radio.

Beats' co-founders, Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine, will spend time with Apple's electronics and music streaming operations and will work out of Apple's headquarters under the watchful eyes of Eddy Cue. Cook says that the deal will start being a positive to Apple's earnings in the fiscal year that ends September 2015.


source: RedmondPie

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33 Comments

1. GreekGeek

Posts: 1276; Member since: Mar 22, 2014

SPOTIFY is King!

6. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Yup...works great for me and it is free...

8. Sauce unregistered

For free services, spottily absolutely stinks on mobile. Poor and terrible user interface. Overwhelming annoying ads. Bad overall; compared to Pandora, iTunes Radio, Rdio, etc.

11. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Works nicely for me. You must be listening to it wrong... :)

14. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Lmfao that was epic oxffff Hey sauce "@pple will say your listening to it wrongly"

20. Sauce unregistered

A lot of.. ahem..let me rephrase this. The herd uses that same phrase a lot these days.

16. GreekGeek

Posts: 1276; Member since: Mar 22, 2014

Just so you know, theTablet interface has waaay less sh1tty restrictions than the mobile version. Its just as good as the paid version if you can tolerate the short ads every once in a while

30. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

Your opinion... I think that the interface is quite good (and beautiful). I don't have the problem with ads (I have a paid subscription), I can listen to whatever I want even when I'm offline, so it's a great service IMO.

10. Droidrapist

Posts: 186; Member since: May 28, 2014

All my music is released on Spotify through my distributor. :P Look up Ben Murk. Give me a few cents today! xD

15. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

One thing that Spotify does better than many other streaming services is let the user listen to music the way the user wants to. Beats is basically a big data mining operation where they attempt to figure you out, what your mood is, etc., and then push music at you based on whatever they think you want. Most people don't get it, but curated playlists = advertisements. The people who make these playlists make them to promote certain artists. There really is little value for the user. I am really happy Apple spent billions to buy the POS Beats. As Beats is arguably the very worst online music experience, this outcome is the least of the various evils.

29. Gemmol

Posts: 793; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

I do not know what this guy is talking about above, but I use beats.....it let you customize everything you love about music....it have every album from way back in the days up to present times, so I cam make my own playlist with all my songs from each album that I love......while Spotify and Pandora play random songs....with beats you pick the songs you want to hear......i have 3 playlist with hundreds of songs new and old...I love that we can pick what we want to hear.....

17. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

Not really. Before today, Beats and Spotify both had access to the same size catalog, same quality stream, and same monthly price. Today Beats is cheaper annually, and once the acquisition is complete, Beats will have access to a bigger library...and neither one will be king. XBox Music, Sony, and Rhapsody have bigger libraries for the same cost.

32. Gemmol

Posts: 793; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

15 dollars for 5 people on AT&T, so its not same cost, unless you using it on your own, and the libraries are the same, well I got the Lumia 1520, I tried Xbox Music out it have the same library as Beats Music, I do not know about Sony and Rhapsody, since I have not use them. I would of took Xbox Music but 15 dollars for 5 people is a better deal than 10 for 1 person

22. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

Apple could have a would by that bitch!

31. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Forget that...this is a move I know many didnt see coming.

2. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Don't want, please keep.

5. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

No one wants it accept rap and hiphop users

7. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Except and accept are two different word....

9. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

I was in a hurry ntwrkdod I know

3. Yubnub

Posts: 100; Member since: May 23, 2013

and I STILL don't want it.

12. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Given the extremely poor adoption of Beats, I don't think anyone wants it.

13. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Thats why there's hardly any subscribers except rap and hiphop users streaming and listening to street thug music

26. PostmanLV

Posts: 44; Member since: Sep 11, 2012

dude shut your racist pie hole up

4. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

I think the Quote from Tim Cook nicely wraps up Apples money making motives on everything in one single line: "We love the SUBSCRIPTION SERVICE they have built"

19. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

They are companies, so making money is a priority. Google loves the subscription model, too, and they vigorously data mine you while charging you for their service.

18. MrOCD unregistered

I actually like Beats Music better than Spotify. The app has a much nicer design IMO, and it pleasantly surprised me when I went into offline mode and there were songs that I had recently listened to in their own playlist separate from the ones I had downloaded. However, Spotify gets extra points for having a free version, which is especially nice on tablets because of extra features that the smartphone free version does not have. (Tablet version lets you play any song, not just shuffle albums and playlists like on the smartphone version.)

21. blackberry_Boy

Posts: 213; Member since: May 27, 2014

Hopefully now iTunes radio has more than 20 songs to listen to.

23. FingerMyApple unregistered

enjoy itunes radio, and gonna downloads beat songs as well :)

24. alexandrecastro

Posts: 26; Member since: Feb 23, 2014

I use Deezer because I'm different.

25. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

I'm using that to, not bad good. Also listen to TuneInRadio.

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