Apple Music has grown significantly since it first went online in 2015. Today, it's the largest paid music streaming service in the United States and second only to Spotify around the world. Besides your favorite albums and music, Apple Music is also a showcase for music videos, 24/7 radio stations, and much more.
What is Apple Music?
Apple Music launched in June 2015 in over 100 countries worldwide. Today, it's available in nearly 160 nations. The service is available across multiple platforms, including iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Apple TV, HomePod, Mac, CarPlay, Windows, Android, Chrome OS, Amazon Echo, and through the web.
What does Apple Music cost?
There's no free Apple Music tier, although new subscribers can sign up for a free trial. The service is regularly priced at $9.99 per month or $99 per year. Students pay $4.99 per month.
A family membership is $14.99 per month. When you sign up for an Apple Music Family plan, which supports simultaneous listening for up to six devices or accounts, all the infrastructure is being taken care of by Family Sharing. In theory, getting your family on board is as simple as signing up for Family Sharing, purchasing a Family subscription, and having your other family members log in.
How to sign up for Apple Music
You can sign-up for Apple Music across multiple platforms, including iPhone, iPad, Mac, Windows, and the web. Once you do, you can access the service across all your devices using your login credentials.
- How to sign up for Apple Music on your iPhone, iPad, or Mac
- How to sign up and activate an Apple Music family plan
- How to switch between Apple Music Individual and Family plans
- How to manage your Apple Music subscription on iPhone, iPad, and Mac
How to use the Music apps
You can access the Apple Music service through Music apps across multiple platforms. On Windows, it's available through the iTunes app.
The Music app for iPhone and iPad is a one-stop-shop for your locally downloaded music, tracks from your Mac via iCloud Music Library, the Apple Music service, Apple Music 1 Radio, and a top-notch search option for finding great music and playlists.
- Using the Music app for iPhone and iPad
- How to use the Apple Music on Mac
- Using Apple Music on Apple Watch
- How to use Apple Music on your Apple TV
- How to use the HomePod with Apple Music
Go deep: More things you can do in Apple Music
- How to buy a song you like from Apple Music on your iPhone or iPad
- How to use Siri with Apple Music
- How to view and share playlists with friends in Apple Music
- How to listen to Apple Music on multiple devices at once
How to use Apple Music Radio
People like to say that radio is dead, but lovers of Apple Music Radio would beg to differ. Apple Music has a growing range of 24/7 radio stations, starting with Apple Music 1 (formerly called Beats 1).
With programming across three different stations and a lot of extra cool features, here's what you need to know about Apple Music Radio.
- Apple Music Radio: Everything you need to know
- How to create, personalize, and find your Apple Music radio stations
- How to follow friends (and find new ones) in Apple Music
- How to set up and modify your user profile in Apple Music
- How to add a song from Apple Music to iCloud Music Library
How to watch videos in Apple Music
With your Apple Music subscription, you have access to thousands of high-quality music videos, ad-free, on your iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple TV. You can browse through videos from your favorite artists, or sit back and relax while watching curated video playlists from Apple's dedicated music team.
Backing up your Music library
Though we store more and more of our music online these days, a hard-copy backup is still the gold standard for keeping your data safe. And if you use Apple Music or iCloud Music Library, the best way to do that is still iTunes.
There are a few ways to back up your iTunes library; it's essential to choose one and regularly back up so that you won't have to worry about your local copy getting lost or damaged. My music — at least for me — is one of those must-backup items; I don't want to have to manually re-build or re-buy thousands of tracks.
How to find lyrics in Apple Music
You can find lyrics to your favorite songs in Apple Music across multiple devices, including iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, and Mac. Best of all, in most cases, the lyrics are turned on by default.
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How to cancel your Apple Music subscription
Apple Music is one of several different streaming music subscriptions, along with the likes of Spotify and Tidal. However, Apple Music is integrated directly into the iOS and Mac ecosystem, with things like Siri. However, it's not for everyone, and it is missing some features that you can find in other services (like a dark mode on iOS). While Apple does offer a 3-month trial for Apple Music, if you decide it's not for you, then canceling is an option. Here's how to do it.