Apple Music Launches With Curated Playlists, 24/7 Global Radio Station

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As expected, Apple unveiled its long-awaited streaming music service at its Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco today. Apple Music will launch on Apple devices in 100 countries beginning June 30th. It will be available on Windows and Android in the fall.

The monthly subscription price point is $9.99, but the first three months are free for everyone. Apple is also offering a family plan for $14.99 a month, which provides access to six individual family members.

Jimmy Iovine — whose own streaming service Beat Music was purchased by Apple for $3 billion dollars — was on hand to introduce Apple Music. Much of Beat Music’s technology was utilized in the creation of Apple’s service.

Apple Music is based around three main features: curated playlists that go beyond algorithms to recommend music; a 24/7 global radio station called Beats 1 hosted by Zane Lowe (previously of BBC Radio 1); and a social networking platform called Connect…

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