Beats Music, acquired by Apple for $3 billion and integrated into Eddy Cue's' iTunes group, is an on-demand music streaming service. Along with being able to play any song from the 20 million+ song catalog Beats Music boasts, you can also save music for offline playback. A staple of Beats Music that sets is apart from other on demand streaming services such Spotify, and Rdio is the dedicated focus on music discovery and playlist curation. Instead of using fancy algorithms and computers to decide what kind of music you like, Beats Music uses actual people to curate playlists on a daily basis. Using this approach, every day you open Beats Music, you're presented with new and fresh selections of playlists to choose from.
Other unique features of Beats Music include The Sentence which lets you have some fun picking a random sentence that describes a scenario. Beats can then play the sentence by ushering in music tailored to that kind of environment. If you want a more traditional way to start a station, simply search for an artist, song, or a track and start a station based on it. You can then tell Beats Music what songs you like and don't like by giving them a thumbs up or a thumbs down. The more you rate songs, the smarter Beats Music gets. This data also helps Beats filter in custom playlists to the For You section on a regular basis.
Beats Music does not currently offer a free streaming model. New users can initiate a free trial before committing to the service. After that the service can be purchased two ways. The first is through an in-app subscription purchase. A single subscription costs $9.99 a month or you can opt for a year long subscription for $99. AT&T subscribers can also choose to add the service to their cell phone plan. If you choose this option, individual subscriptions are $9.99 or you can select the family plan option for $14.99 which is good for up to 5 people and 10 different devices. Single user subscriptions can be used on up to 3 devices simultaneously. This could be a selling point for some people who need to play music at multiple locations. Services such as Rdio limit streaming to one device at a time.
Beats debuted in early 2014 for iPhone, Android, and on the web. In spring 2014, Beats Music introduced a native iPad app as well
You can download the Beats Music app for iOS for free from the App Store in order to get started with your free trial.