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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59 Comments

29. tedkord

Posts: 17526; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

So far, it's not very impressive. It stuck a downloading music notification in my notification drawer even though I wasn't downloading any (and it stated nothing downloading when I opened it), and I couldn't clear it. I had to force stop the app to get rid of it. The layout is kind of a mess. When setting up, it asked for music types I'm interested in, then proceeded to pop out these bubbles with artist names in them for me to choose favorites (reminiscent of the hot mess that the Apple Watch UI is). The problem is, none of them were artists I was interested in. After about 5 screens of these, I gave up. I'm not going to rate it on the Play Store because I seldom rate anything, and it's a beta. But so far, there's nothing that would draw me away from Play Music with YouTube Red.

34. Gemmol

Posts: 793; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

Make your own playlist, from what I'm reading you treating it like Spotify and want other people playlist, make your own, it's way better and you have a lot of songs to choose thru, just type the person name and look at the different albums then go through each album and pick your favorite songs and send each one to your own playlist, that's what I did,

35. tedkord

Posts: 17526; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

That's not value adding over other services. There's nothing so far that comes close to making it better than Play Music.

40. Gemmol

Posts: 793; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

So having a bigger selection of music from throwing money to labels does not make it better? What's the point of a music app, to listen to music right? So why pay same price for a app that have less music....like the people said on here I agree apple music interface not that good, but regardless of interface....it follow through on having more songs and like I said before why get a music app to pay same price to get less music Doesn't make sense If more music does not make a music app better than a app with less label deals aka fewer music choice than I dnt know anything anymore

48. k4ever

Posts: 240; Member since: Oct 08, 2014

It doesn't have a bigger selection of music; please stop spreading that lie and I will stop replying to your comments. Apple Music has the same selection size as almost all of the competition, which is about 30 million. You probably believe that Apple Pay has a larger selection of retailers than Google Pay (Wallet) or Samsung Pay. Here is a hint, it doesn't. Quit falling for Apple's hype and stay the heck away from Apple centric sites like MacRumours or Apple Insider. Just Googling how much music each service has will show that you are wrong about Apple Music having the biggest selection. Plus, based solely on your selection comment, YouTube beats them all. Having access to more music doesn't automatically make the app better either. When an app is difficult to use, randomly deletes your music library or shuffles your cover art (to the wrong song), has no social networking capabilities other a rehash of Ping, and makes creating/sharing playlist or listening to music a pain in the behind, it doesn't matter how big the music library is.

52. Gemmol

Posts: 793; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

I do not know anything about apply pay, or Samsung pay, never use them, if I did use them, I would let you know which is better, but I am only talking about a music app, I tried all amazon prime music, apple music, xbox music which turn intro groove music, Spotify, milk music from Samsung, nokia music app, Pandora, the music app sony use to own before they drop it, I basically tried everything beside Tidal......and this is how I know which have more music.....but I will leave it alone, as long as the app you love have all the songs you like then that's all that matter.. am I right?

58. k4ever

Posts: 240; Member since: Oct 08, 2014

It doesn't matter how many music services you supposedly "tried;" a lie is a lie and it doesn't get any truer the more times you tell it. Spotify has equal to or more music than Apple Music. http://www.cnet.com/news/apple-music-vs-spotify-whats-the-difference/ That's just one review. Most of the other reviews (that aren't from AppleInsider) say the same thing. Spotify has a bigger music catalog. Quit spreading lies.

54. azimesmail

Posts: 264; Member since: Nov 23, 2014

The things that make it better than Play Music is: - The amount of music - iTunes Software > Play Music web interface Other than that, they're both pretty equal.

20. EC112987

Posts: 1216; Member since: Nov 10, 2014

Spotify>Apple Music

33. Gemmol

Posts: 793; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

Apple have more songs, they license more songs, how would something with less songs be better?

36. slvnofrr

Posts: 18; Member since: Aug 27, 2015

whem it`s free

39. Gemmol

Posts: 793; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

Free is good I will admit that, but I still like the joy of typing in any artist name and pick and choose any songs from his and her old albums or brand new albums and then add it to my personal playlist, for example type in Tupac and go through each album picking my favorite songs and send it to my old school rap playlist, then type in another old school rapper and do the same, eventually I will end up with more than 500 songs from many different artist and the thing is you can add as much songs as you want, making it the biggest playlist ever from the top artist of all time.....then you prest play and put it in shuffle and you would have a better playlist better than any of the music apps.......and you could keep doing this making many other new playlist, at the end of the day your playlist will be way better than the ones other people make because it will have all the music you want so you never have to use the skip button on a song you do not like.....even though free is better, hearing exactly what you want to hear is better to me......don't get me wrong there are some good playlist out there for free but I prefer a custom playlist. if you do not want to listen to your own custom playlist you could always click on a album that you was thinking of purchasing new or old and see if you like it, before wasting your money on it.

47. k4ever

Posts: 240; Member since: Oct 08, 2014

All of what you wrote was done first on Spotify Premium, can still be done on Spotify Premium, and can also be done quicker on Spotify Premium. You can search for Tupac on Spotify and add his songs to your playlist way quicker than you can with Apple Music. You can also share your songs/playlists with other people on Spotify, through Facebook, or through text messages; which you can't do on Apple Music. So, where exactly is Apple Music better again? I missed that part. I understand your argument over Apple Music vs free, which most people don't care about, but what Apple Music offers to paid users is far behind what the paid competition offers.

50. Gemmol

Posts: 793; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

its not just tupac, you miss the point of when I said they have more unknown artist also, every music app have tupac, point people keep missing apple have more label deals meaning they have the okay to carry more songs then the other companies, so how is having more music is far behind????

46. k4ever

Posts: 240; Member since: Oct 08, 2014

Spotify and Apple Music have the same amount of songs, 30 million. The stuff that Apple is trying to license now are the new crappy pop songs that real music buyers, adults, don't like. Even if Apple gets these songs, they are really not exclusives as they are released on other streaming services a month later. Also, like most folks have mentioned here, no matter what Apple or the labels do the songs hit YouTube first, which is were most teenagers go to listen to music -- so much for exclusives. So Apple's exclusives don't appeal to adults, who are selective about the music they buy or listen to, and the folks that Apple's exclusives appeal to (teenagers) would much rather listen to the music for free on YouTube.

51. Gemmol

Posts: 793; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

They do not have the same amount of songs, stop it, they have same amount as play music, they basically have same exact amount, they have way more than amazon music but they do not have more than apple music, Spotify do not even want to release how much songs they have because they know it be a losing battle and people would see Apple have way more......I use all of them, if theres a way to search my account you would see I have a Spotify account and etc, I'm not someone who just claim one is better without using. Like I said before Apple interface sucks, but they do have more music.......and I use every music app even the one Sony had back on the ps3 before they stop doing it and only use Spotify now........you talking about appeal, I am just talking about who as a music app have more music, which more music means we as people can listen to anything we want

57. k4ever

Posts: 240; Member since: Oct 08, 2014

Look at this: http://www.cnet.com/news/apple-music-vs-spotify-whats-the-difference/ What does it say? Apple has 30 million songs and Spotify has "more than 30 million." So you are wrong.

53. azimesmail

Posts: 264; Member since: Nov 23, 2014

Spotify does not let your add your own music to your library.

17. joevsyou

Posts: 1093; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

so it's in beta, however apple does not offer a 30 day trial for it?

55. azimesmail

Posts: 264; Member since: Nov 23, 2014

There was an option for "Start Your Trial" when I first opened the app.

16. javy108

Posts: 1004; Member since: Jul 27, 2014

Lets start the troll and the complayining, If you dont like Apple, just ignore the app and If youre and iFan stop complayinign about Apple making Android apps, by the way I think Youtube Red is a better option than this.

18. darkkjedii

Posts: 31800; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Huh???

19. AlikMalix unregistered

I don't think any Apple fan complained that Apple made an app for android. On contrary I would LOVE if Apple made iMessage and FaceTime for android.

22. darkkjedii

Posts: 31800; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Android could sorely use a universal video chat app. Hangouts is cool, but something like FaceTime would be great.

45. k4ever

Posts: 240; Member since: Oct 08, 2014

What?? What did you just write?? You contradicted yourself twice in the same post. "Android could sorely use a universal video chat app" --WTF? Almost all of the video chat apps on Android are universal, to include Hangouts. You know what is not universal: FaceTime! It only works on Apple products. So how would replacing Hangouts, which works on just about every device (Android, iOS, MacOS-X, Windows, Linux, etc), with FaceTime, which only works on Apple devices (iOS and MacOS-X), fulfill your imaginary need for a universal video chat app on Android?

15. Tarjei

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 10, 2015

From the article: "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." When I try to play some songs I previously bought the app just redirect me to the page to start the 3 month trial. I'm not interested in it the trial period. I just want to listen to the songs I've already purchased. Anyone who got this function to work?

23. Awalker

Posts: 1987; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

If there's no free component then I don't think they're going to give you access to your library.

32. Gemmol

Posts: 793; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

Bro take the trial there's a lot more music then your list of purchase music

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: 17526; 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.

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