Apple is expanding its horizons. After launching its first app on Google Play Store, the iPhone maker released Apple Music for Android users to try out. The new version available for download from Google Play Store is a beta version but works with most devices running Android version 4.3 and above.
Apple Music for Android is available in all countries where the service is offered, except China. Another limitation to Apple Music for Android users is that any signup or upgrade to the family plan requires a Mac or iOS device. Android users will also require an Apple ID to sign up while existing subscribers can use their account to synchronise all the songs they have set up on iTunes.
Apple Music, as a service, is everything one can ask in music streaming. There is a vast collection of over 30 million songs in its catalogue and offers handpicked recommendations based on what the user already listens and loves. The interface, however, ditches the popular Material Design in favour of something that gives a taste of both iOS and Android platforms together.
While the music streaming industry is packed with apps such as Spotify and YouTube Red, Apple Music sets itself apart with Beats 1 Radio integration along with curated playlists and recommendations.
Apple Music Beta for Android users comes with a 90-day (3 months) free trial before a mandatory paid upgrade. In the US, the service costs $9.99 a month for a single account and $14.99 for a family account. As for India, Rs 120 will be charged for a single user and Rs 180 for a family plan, covering a maximum of six members.
Apple Music can be downloaded from Google Play Store for free.