Apple Music out of breath playing catch-up: web version finally arrives... in beta

Apple Music out of breath playing catch-up: web version finally arrives... in beta
We live in the age of streaming and one of the first media formats to be massively consumed over the air is music. Gone are the days of carrying CDs and most of us have even forgotten about the days when we loaded MP3s in our phones or portable players. Nowadays, we have streaming services like Spotify that can play almost any song you can think of on the spot… provided you have access to the Internet.

In 2015, Apple decided to dip its toes in that specific market niche — a niche that was already well occupied by Spotify, Google Play Music, Deezer, Pandora, even Napster and Tidal. None the less, Apple has the ecosystem and it has a massive amount of its iPhones out in users’ hands. Pair that up with the HomePod smart speaker, which launched in 2018, and Apple fans had a few pretty good reasons to switch away from a competitor and sign up for Apple Music.

Well, it hasn’t worked miracles, as Spotify is still decidedly in the leading spot in subscribers. And — while Apple Music is doing OK — it definitely suffers from being poorly integrated or available across multiple platforms.

For example — Spotify is available on iOS, Android, PC, Mac, and even game consoles like PlayStation 4 and Xbox. If all else fails, you can just go to play.spotify.com on any web browser and play your music from there. This extreme integration through a plethora of partnerships (and the ability to listen for free) is what gives Spotify a massive advantage over its competition.

It is only now that Apple is gaining up on the simplest of those features — it now has a web player. Mind you, it’s still in beta, too (though, we would guess that it’s mostly polished.

Basically, all you need to do is go to beta.music.apple.com and — as long as you have a subscription to Apple Music — you can enjoy all the features you have in the app. Your playlists, favorited songs, suggestions and stations will be there.

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10 Comments

1. Tipus

Posts: 893; Member since: Sep 30, 2016

"They should just cancel it" :)))

2. ZEUS.the.thunder.god

Posts: 1134; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

Man this article must be pissing off 80% of the PA staff lol. I'm expecting an article soon on how Apple Music is ahead of everything else in the market ;) Good job on unbiased reporting, Preslav.

3. Vega007

Posts: 83; Member since: May 18, 2017

Hallelujah, Apple finally made a web based application for Apple music! Can finally stop using iTunes! Rejoice!

4. AbhiD

Posts: 838; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

Spotify launched in 2008, Apple Music in 2015. Do you realise the time gap and inherent advantage Spotify has had? Do you? Or simply showing off Apple hating skills in a relatively Apple loving office environment around you? FYI, even after 11 years, Spotify doesn't have live synced lyrics in it's app. Apple does. And so does it have a bigger collection than Spotify. Liked it now?

6. Be_Mine

Posts: 282; Member since: Dec 29, 2013

I like the availability of Lyrics on Apple music. And yes, its vast catalog is a plus point too. But the android app was very buggy especially when it was first launched in India, that it was almost unusable at times. I don't know how it fare now compared to the iOS app. I like Spotify recommendation better. But the issue with WMG is bummer. Youtube music is a bit of a mess. Your liked videos on YouTube will sometimes show up on YouTube Music too. You are listening to Ed Sheeran and next thing you will be listening to 'How to build a PC' from Linus Tech Tips. If not for the cost, Tidal Hifi tier is the best for me. I wish they launch it in India already.

7. AbhiD

Posts: 838; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

I actually use both Apple Music and Spotify in India since last few years. Spotify via Mod app(premium). Haven't switched to official one as Warner music is unavailable and that just sucks. So it makes it a no go. As for Apple Music, yes it was really bad in starting on Android but it has improved since then. And now Android has Beta 3.0.0 version. This version is downright Amazing. No lags, no crashes, really fast, dark mode, live synced lyrics that move with music playing, chromecast support and 100,000 live radio stations from around the world. Been using the beta version (opted in beta testing) since last 1 month and loving it.

9. wickedwilly

Posts: 722; Member since: Sep 19, 2018

The problem is the myth "Apple takes its time to get things right" that Apple fans use all the time. So you cannot blame anyone for forgetting Apple Music was late to the party, very late and came out with a mediocre product that still is not as good as the competition.

5. apple-rulz

Posts: 2176; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

Milk Music is the best streaming music service, and also has the most subscribers. Check it out.

8. tedkord

Posts: 17387; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Here he comes to save Apple's day! It's Deflector!

10. Vancetastic

Posts: 1510; Member since: May 17, 2017

Just get a Samsung tattoo and get it over with.

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