Back in June, we received a heads up from Apple that their music streaming service would be hitting Android devices sometime this fall, a few months later than its arrival to iOS, OSX, and PC. Although the app rolled out to the other operating systems in due course, we didn’t hear much else about the Android version’s development since then.
Visually, the interface of this beta version looks very similar to what we’ve seen on the iOS, barring the Android-typical sandwich menu that swipes in from the left.
The app promises to be a competitor for Android giants Google Play Music and Spotify. The question remains: will Apple be able to lure users away from these streaming services? Apple Music is available to individual users for $9.99 per month or $14.99 for a family plan accommodating up to six users. It’s expected to hit the Google Play Store sometime around November.
It’s an interesting move by Apple, who has historically been slow to offer their services on non-Apple hardware. Similar to Blackberry adopting the Android operating system, this adds to a growing sense that software will continue to gain prominence, while the physical devices that we use it on will become less and less relevant to what services are available to us.
What do you think? Will Apple Music receive a warm welcome in the Google Play Store? Would you be willing to cast aside Google Play Music All Access to get your iTunes Library back? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.