As Apple Music gains subscribers by leaps and bounds, it has Spotify in its sights. Apple’s latest move towards streaming music dominance is all about cross-platform support, as it’s now launched a new web interface that lets you stream all your music and radio stations from the browser.
Launched as a beta, the web interface will be familiar to anyone who has used the standalone Apple Music app on Windows or Mac. The move allows Apple to bring their service to devices running Chrome OS or Linux without having to invest in dedicated apps. It might also appeal to education or corporate users where installing unapproved apps is often frowned upon or simply not allowed.
For a beta, the interface manages to get a lot right. It has access to Playlists, the entire Music Library, recommendations, as well as music charts for fresh albums. Notable omissions include Beats 1 radio, smart playlists, and the ability to sign up for Apple Music itself. This will likely be fixed in a future update.
Spotify still enjoys a healthy lead over Apple Music as far as market share is concerned, but the latter is showing much faster monthly growth rates. This latest move along with adding Chromecast support certainly signals Apple’s intentions to dominate the streaming music landscape and close the gap at an even faster pace.
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