Apple Music goes live with exclusives from Dr. Dre, Nine Inch Nails, and Taylor Swift

Consequence of Sound

Apple’s highly-anticipated and controversial streaming music service goes live today. Apple Music is now available on Apple devices in 100 countries. It will be available on Windows and Android in the fall.

iPhone and iPad users can can download Apple Music via the iOS 8.4 Software Update. MacBook users need to download the iTunes 12.1.2 update.

The monthly subscription price point is $9.99, but the first three months are free for everyone. Apple had initially planned to not compensate artists during this time — however, after stiff criticism from numerous artists and record labels, the most notable being Taylor Swift, Apple reversed its position. Apple is also offering a family plan for $14.99 a month, which provides access to six individual family members.

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 several…

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