Russia to be among the first countries to land Apple Music?
Streaming music is a growing, albeit small industry in Russia. Revenue from streaming music grew 214% in 2014 to $5.97 million. But Apple Music rival Spotify canceled a planned move into Russia due to the slumping economy, the declining Ruble, and new laws offering protection to personal information and data. Another obstacle that Apple might face is a new operating system allegedly being built by the Russian government that will compete with iOS and Android.
Apple Music will also have to compete with home-grown music streamers in Russia like Yandex Music and Zvooq. Other players in the country include Google Play Music and Australia's Guvera. Apple is rumored to be considering a one to three month free trial for consumers looking to test its new music streaming service. Apple Music is expected to be unveiled next month at WWDC.
source: Billboard via BGR