Before you get started with Apple Music, you'll need an Apple ID. Chances are you've already created an Apple ID; if you have an iCloud account, for instance, or you've ever purchased music on iTunes, you're all set and can log in. If you don't, here's a quick primer on creating an ID and setting it up in iTunes.

How to create an Apple ID

As we noted above, if you don't yet have an Apple ID, you'll want to create one now to get started with Apple Music. An Apple ID is what you'll use to not only sign up for the company's streaming service, but also to buy music, movies, TV shows, and even apps.

It additionally makes up the backbone of iCloud, Apple's cloud-based sync and backup service, and lets you redownload items you've purchased on your other computers.

In short: An Apple ID ties everything together; without it, you can't do much in Apple's online ecosystem. Here's how you go about creating one.

On your iPhone, iPad, or iPod

  1. Launch the iTunes Store app and tap on the Music tab.
  2. Scroll to the bottom and tap Sign In.
  3. Tap Create New Apple ID.
  4. Select your Country/Region.

  5. Agree to the Terms and Conditions.
  6. Enter in your email address, create a password and security questions, enter in a rescue email along with your date of birth, and choose whether to subscribe to iTunes Store emails. Then tap Next.
  7. Add billing information.

  8. Verify your account by checking your email and clicking on the verification link.

On your Mac

  1. In iTunes, click on the Account button.
  2. Click on Create Account.
  3. Agree to the Terms of Service and fill in the required information.

How to log in with your Apple ID

Once you associate your Apple ID with iTunes and the Music app, you can sign up for Apple Music or iTunes Match; buy music, movies, and TV shows; track your past listening history, and more. Here's how to sign in on your iPhone, iPad, iPod, or Mac.

On your iPhone, iPad, or iPod

  1. In the Music app, tap the Account button (looks like a silhouette) in the upper left corner.
  2. Enter your Apple ID and Password and tap Sign In.
  3. Press Done once you've signed in.

On your Mac

  1. In iTunes, click on the Account button.
  2. Enter your Apple ID username (typically an email address) and password.
  3. Click on Sign In.