No free Apple Music for Android users; Apple aims to sign up more paid subscribers than its rivals


Apple Music, just introduced on Monday by Apple, will offer two different tiers of service to iOS users. There will be a free level that has limited functionality, and a paid level that will cost $9.99/$14.99 a month. If you own an Android device, you are going to have the opportunity to sign up for the paid level of service. But the free level of service will not be available from the Android version of the app.

Yes, Apple Music will be the first native Android app produced by Apple. It will be launched sometime later this year, but will have at least one major difference than the iOS version of the app. Android users will not have access to the free tier of streaming service. What will Android users be missing? The free tier of Apple Music will most likely allow users to listen to the Beats One radio station and some other Apple Music stations. There will be a small number of skips allowed.

Can Apple do what its rivals have been unable to and sign up a large number of paid users to Apple Music? Consider that 45 million of Spotify's 60 million users are using the free tier of ad-supported service. And only 4% of Pandora's members pay for that service each month. Offering unlimited skips, the ability to access the entire Apple Music library, add that music to a user's personal music stash, and listen to music offline are some of the features Apple is using to attract paid subscribers to its service.

Will Apple succeed in grabbing a larger percentage of paid subscribers than the competition? We could know the answer to that by the end of this year, or early next year by the latest.

source: SixColors via Gizmodo

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32 Comments

1. MajulahSingapura unregistered

Not like we don't have spotify, nice try fApple.

2. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

Spotify is nowhere better as well

3. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

We got that too. Use Spotify for free while paying for Apple music. BOOM!

9. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

Using Spotify for free and paying apple music? apple needs people like you. It's understandable that apple will charge for it after all they always market their services whether software/hardware as "premium". By the end of the day there will always be others that have better service than they proclaimed.

17. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

Spotify in 2014 had 10 million PAID PREMIUM subscribers. So you might not care but lots of other people do care and thus apple is entering the market for a reason. The free is ok on spotify but the limits are too much for many people and 10$ a month of unlimited music, online and offline playlists is good.

25. waddup121 unregistered

We have spotify bro

4. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Everyone is into Spotify, am I the only one that uses Pandora any more? Am I missing out not using Spotify?

5. vincelongman

Posts: 5750; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

I'm still using local music ...

13. AlikMalix unregistered

Scott, my wife will never switch from pandora - it now knows her tastes perfectly. I switched iTunes Radio it is not better than pandora. I've tried spotify - didn't like it (but I didn't give it much chance to be honest). I like iTunes Radio specifically for gazillion of my native country music and always finding new stuff from said country is what iTunes is great at for me. I also prefer iTunes for iTunes Match - I have a huge 20gb library uploaded to iCloud and not one song is counted toward my pitiful 5gb that Apple gives for free (so that's kinda nice). Looking forward to Apple music and see what that's gonna be like. But yea I see people using pandora all over town - enjoy what works best for you.

29. k4ever

Posts: 240; Member since: Oct 08, 2014

Spotify allows you to search for and play any song or album from just about any artist. You can even download that song or album to you device for offline playing (if you have the premium service). Pandora only lets you select an artist, then it plays songs by that artist or similar artist. Pandora is also pretty limited on the songs it plays. I have heard the same song three times in a couple of hours by artists with hundreds of songs in their portfolio. I used to use Pandora before I switched to Spotify. Now I am a paid Spotify customer.

31. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Thanks for the response. I think I'm going to have to check Spotify out then.

32. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

Pandora is just not as good. The song selection is much smaller and it offers you no control over playlists. Free Spotify does shuffle and play ads like Pandora, but it at least allows you to control the playlist, so you can pick out the songs you want, etc. And if it's tablet or desktop Spotify, you can queue up a song at any time, just still the ads.

6. Tsrnexus

Posts: 43; Member since: Mar 19, 2014

And I'm still downloading my songs from tubemate because there is no Spotify Pandora or Netflix available in India

14. AmitMajumder

Posts: 178; Member since: May 21, 2012

I know that feeling bro!!! It is like were forced to pirate things even if we want to do legally

7. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Of course it won't be free, it's Apple. The only reason it's free for IOS users is because their hole is big enough that Apple has to throw them a bone.

19. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

So I guess the 10 million(in 2014) paid premium spotify subscribers are all zombie sheeps? If you are buying legally music and you spend more than 10$ a month this is a great thing for you. So before you start your apple hate let me remind you that paid premium services music was invented by others and millions pay for it. Apple didn't do anything and they are actually following.

8. Tizo101

Posts: 598; Member since: Jun 05, 2015

I understand the whole streaming thing, to me it seems lesser of an idea situation when you can still download music (legally and illegally).

18. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

The difference is that if you buy music you might end up spending more than 10$ a month which is where this kind of services come in hand. Not to mention all the playlists, suggestions etc goodies you get with them.

10. My1cent

Posts: 370; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

iSurprise, Not!

11. dimas

Posts: 3419; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Well with the pricing apple charge for their phones, iphone users deserve that free level. As an android user, the $10 a month charge is ok. I just feel that iphone users should have lower $5/$10 paying options instead since they already paid for the idevices waaayyy above what it offer.

24. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

This is Apple we're talking about...

12. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

Lol to the people who think they were giving Android Apple Music for the sake of being fair and non anti-competitive. They're only doing this because they have nothing to lose and everything to gain. Wouldn't be surprised if this app will get updated only 1/20 of the times the iOS version will.

15. AlikMalix unregistered

I can't believe that there came a time that I agree with you - it's all about money. Frankly, I don't think Apple will gain as much ground with "paid only" service, but that was their choice. They kinda failed to gather huge interest with iTunes Radio (I use it, but because they offer my native country music vs pandora) and I like the - "hits - variety - similarity" settings - it puts a new spin on user personal created stations. But yes offering it to android only yields more potential customers. I'm also curious how their support for android apps compared to their own App Store apps.

16. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

Family plan, the one sibling that doesn't have an iPhone gets in on the Apple Music fun. Everyone wins

20. gaming64 unregistered

I'd stick with Spotify. Apple charges absurd prices.

22. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

It's the same price, less on a family plan, as Spotify. How is that absurd?

26. bestmvno

Posts: 251; Member since: Mar 07, 2014

How about Xbox music? I paid $30 for a year subscription.

21. ZeeNasir

Posts: 131; Member since: Nov 25, 2012

Who cares. This is ridiculous as apple pay.

23. NightSurfer

Posts: 101; Member since: Sep 06, 2014

Nah. I have fm radio in my phone.

27. DnB925Art

Posts: 1168; Member since: May 23, 2013

I'll stick to my Google Play Music subscription (early adopter $7.99 FTW). Pretty much the same benefits as Apple Music, but cheaper for me and works wonderfully on Android devices. I have roughly a couple of thousands songs uploaded with no hit to my 1.127TB of Google drive space I pay $1.99/month for (2 years of 1TB free from Chromebook promo a earlier this year). It has all the music I pretty much listen to and the gaps filled in with either purchases from Google Play, Beatport or free legitimate legal downloads from Soundcloud.

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