Less than a year after Apple bought Beats, the company has supposedly began revamping the popular Beats Music streaming service. That’s no huge surprise, given the existing Beats Music app was developed independently before the big acquisition. But in a new report from 9to5Mac from earlier today, Apple has plans to bring the newly-designed music service to Android.
The Apple-designed music service is set to compete with other popular music streaming services like Spotify and Rdio, and will be based heavily on cloud streaming. At least on Apple products, the new service will allow you to search for anything within the iTunes/Beats catalog, and users will be able to stream music from their personal catalogs and add songs to their personal libraries. Apple has been rumored to launch the service for less than most other streaming competitors, which will likely be $5 per month.
The Beats Music app has been available in the Google Play Store for quite some time now, but that application was developed before the big acquisition. Diverging from former CEO Steve Jobs’ stance, Tim Cook doesn’t have a problem with developing for Android, as long as it makes sense for the company to do so. Given Android’s worldwide marketshare compared to Apple’s, if the company wants to create a truly competitive music service, Android support should be a no-brainer.
There’s no clear timeframe as to when the service will launch on either iOS or Android. Rumors surfaced that the service was slated for a March 2015 release, though 9to5Mac‘s connections seem to think that the service will be unveiled at the Worldwide Developers Conference this June.
As for now, we need to remember that these are just rumors. We’ll let you know if we hear anything in the future regarding the music streaming service. From what we know so far, what do you think? Would you be on board with an Apple-designed Beats music service? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.