Apple Music beta for Android hits the Google Play Store

Apple Music beta for Android hits the Google Play Store
Apple has been slowly creating more of a presence for itself in the Google Play Store and now has released its third app for Android. This time around, it's an app that might find a larger potential market than its first two apps: Apple Music. The app is still technically in beta, but now Apple Music subscribers can get their music on Android devices.

Apple Music is relatively similar to most other music subscription services you can get from other companies like Spotify, Google, Tidal, Rdio or others. It will cost you $9.99 per month for an individual subscription, or $14.99 for a family of up to six people. That gets you access to a catalog of about 30 million songs, as well as videos, offline playback, intelligent playlists, and of course Beats One radio. One extra benefit is that the Apple Music app can also give you access to anything you have previously purchased through iTunes or anything you've got stored in your 25,000 song iTunes locker. 

If you have been using the Beats Music app for Android, your libraries and playlists will transfer over, but early reports say you might have to completely remove the Beats Music app in order to use Apple Music. 

Apple Music requires Android 4.3 or higher and appears to only support Android phones right now (the Google Play listing shows the app is incompatible with both a Nexus 9 or Nexus 10).

Now, it's just a matter of waiting to see if the reviews for the app will be useful in any way, or if it will be the same asinine troll-fest as we've seen with Apple's Move to iOS app and the Beats Pill+ companion app. Both of those apps have been filled with Apple hate, because obviously Internet trolls can't allow anyone to choose to use the products that they want without being shamed for it. If you do happen to be an Apple Music subscriber using Android, let us know what you think about the app, because we're interested in honest critiques and not the idiotic flame war that is inevitably on the way. 

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1. FlySheikh

Posts: 444; Member since: Oct 02, 2015

Grabs popcorn

4. techandbeers

Posts: 110; Member since: Nov 02, 2015

Apple music is so s**tty

2. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

The first app that will not lag on an Android phone.

3. techandbeers

Posts: 110; Member since: Nov 02, 2015


6. AlikMalix unregistered

It's not true but it's a funny troll comment. +1

8. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

Funny you say that because a lot of iPhone users have been complaining about apps lagging on the latest version of iOS.

9. AlikMalix unregistered

Here on PA? You mean taters, moronrun, and the usual suspects? Yeh they will complain even if iPhones cure cancer and establish world peace.

12. tedkord

Posts: 17356; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

And, usual suspects on the other side will do the exact same about Android phones. So what's your point?

14. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Who? I mean, who on PA trolls every Android article?

28. eN16HTMAR3

Posts: 253; Member since: Oct 08, 2013

iPhones do cure cancer right?

43. hellbread

Posts: 309; Member since: Nov 21, 2014

Lol, true.

41. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

I agree with your sentence but after replacing iPhone by Android.

11. tedkord

Posts: 17356; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

I envy you. Still being stuck in 2010, you've got brand new, never before seen episodes of Breaking Bad to look forward to. You're very lucky. As for this app, I'm sure it's just ripped off someone else like their last Android app was.

5. AlikMalix unregistered

Let's see if android users grow up this time and stop voting with their emotion on how Apple ruined their lives (like it happened with transfer data app). Who got money on the fact that a perfectly working app will get 1 star instead of 4 or 5...?

21. Awalker

Posts: 1977; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

Why would you need to vote 1star when you can vote with your pocket? I'm already a happy Play Music subscriber so there's no need to try this app.

24. AlikMalix unregistered

You probably don't know what happened with another Apple made app on play store. It proved that majority of android users are whiny little girls and boys. The app did what it was supposed to, it was designed like the OS you're switching to - nice and clean. But 95% votes less than 2 stars because it was Apple and had nothing to do with how good the app was.

27. Awalker

Posts: 1977; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

You mean like this review I just read for Apple Music: "✴✴✴✴✴ Second Best Android App Doesn't top the Move to iOS app but it's still pretty neat even tho it uses basic usability antipattern which is poor navigation caused by the drawer menu. But hey, Android users have the drawer menu in most of the apps and are used to the garbage experience and poor standards of the Android platform."

25. nepalisherpa

Posts: 338; Member since: Jul 17, 2015

And, yet, you are the type of person who call Apple fans iSheep. You fail to see that you are a sheep here as well who is comfortable with Play Music and does not even want to try Apple Music before saying that it might be crap.

26. Awalker

Posts: 1977; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

Don't put words in my mouth. I said I'm happy with Play Music and never mentioned anything about the quality of Apple Music. And I was initially thinking about switching to Apple Music because of the family plan but now that Google is matching it there's no need to switch.

30. Gemmol

Posts: 793; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

Get apple music it's better, not saying the app works better, just saying apple have more deals with labels so they have more songs for you to listen to then other apps, over 30 million songs, while other apps lIke the one you use only habe like 10 million songs mostly the popular.......people can say whatever they want about apple but apple music is the best thing ever created for the price they sell it at

37. ColinW

Posts: 412; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

Sorry have just finished the trial of Apple Music and I would definitely not recommend it. The interface needs a lot of work, as does many of its headline features. Playlist management is a nightmare and it is so buggy, including ones that can seriously affect your music and playlists. It falls far short of most of the streaming music apps and even the family packs value needs looking at with the demands that it brings. I use Deezer and this has more songs in more countries is cheaper and I struggle to see on area Apple Music matches, yet alone beats it. The quality of music is better too. The only people I would recommend it too and then only with big caviats are those deeply into the Apple eco system.

38. azimesmail

Posts: 264; Member since: Nov 23, 2014

Do explain how playlist management is a nightmare? Change a list in iTunes, and it's done on your phone. Play Music's web interface is what's a nightmare. Slow and laggy. Apple's Music app since the iPhone came out has been one of the best, and easiest to use music apps ever. It still is. It's much more easy to make a playlist on there than any other app that I've used, except maybe DoubleTwist. Also, outside of Play Music and Apple Music, are there any other streaming services that let you add your own music that they don't have? I don't think so, but not 100% sure. I know Spotify, and TIDAL don't. This app does need work, but Apple Music has been the best streaming service I have tried. And I've tried all the major ones. Mainly because of the adding your own music. If TIDAL had that feature I would have stayed with them. That being said, I'm glad Apple Music is finally released on Android. I can fully switch over to my Blackberry Priv now.

56. ColinW

Posts: 412; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

There lots of things wrong with playlist. I found the playlists I set up were not always reflected across all devices, sometimes it would not add songs that I wanted to add and recommended playlists are far too short. There are many other reported problems here too just read around. Your opinion that Apple Music has been one of the best since it came out is far from the general consensus. Even loyal IOS users are voting with their feet with less than 1% using it. On my favourite service Deezer it is much easier to add and use playlists. Even when using Flow there continuous music feature if I like a track I just add it one click. Deezer allows offline usage and it works well. The iCloud Music Library has some significant problems. After turning on the option in the Settings app, many users complain that music stored on their phones disappeared, it happened to me too. The problem with AM is it was touted to be the app that would revolutionise streaming music, a Spotify killer and would many more claims. The fact is it is an below par effort, buggy and offer no more and in many cases less than others. It was overhyped, but underwhelming when it was released. Worryingly it seems not much has been improved since release.

59. azimesmail

Posts: 264; Member since: Nov 23, 2014

Maybe I was just lucky, but the only issue I had was a couple mismatched songs. Other than that, it's been perfect. Most people I know that have had music disappear as a result of turning on the iCloud Music Library was because they accidentally picked the "Replace" option instead of "Merge". Merging won't delete anything. Replacing will go through your library and try to match it with theirs and if they can't find a match then your music is gone.

7. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

They are busy downloading the app and heading to the review section.

10. cdm283813

Posts: 424; Member since: Jan 10, 2015

YouTube red/Play music is so much better at the same price point. Works flawlessly on my iPhone.

13. tedkord

Posts: 17356; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

So far, I agree. But it could be because I'm just more used to it at this point. Plus, where the hell are all the Beatles albums that? That was one of the only things that Apple music has that I could possibly want.

31. Gemmol

Posts: 793; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

Yeah but Google do not have much deals with music labels, they only have like 10 million songs , while apple with 30 million can get you all types of music even way underground.....and it have the better price 15 for 5 people, that's like 3 dollars a person, even the regular 10 dollar price is still better cause like I said before why pay another company for less music but I guess if you do not like music that much and you only prefer popular music then yes google, amazon music and other companies with only 10 million songs will suffice

42. vincelongman

Posts: 5691; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

YouTube Red There's millions more underground music on YouTube than on iTunes

44. AlikMalix unregistered

Agreed... About the underground remixes and stuff. I specifically use Musi App to compile lists of music from YouTube and other sources that I can't find for sale on Amazon or iTunes. Good catch.

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