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Apple Music: The Ultimate Guide is coming soon... as an ebook!

As you might know if you've been following along with iMore recently, we've written, oh, just a couple articles on Apple Music.

Apple Music is, to quote the company, "All the ways you love music. All in one place." It offers a music subscription service, curated playlists, an always-on 24/7 radio station, and access to your Mac's library from any devices with iCloud Music Library.

Naturally, such an ambitious service isn't without its complications. We've heard from thousands of iMore readers and fans alike about their issues and confusions with Apple Music, the new Music app, and iTunes 12.2; we've written a ton about it on iMore.com, but we know it can be a bit tricky to read; instead, we're compiling all of it into our very first ebook (opens in new tab)!

Those who followed me in my Macworld days may remember I helped build the magazine's ebook program and put out over 30 ebooks during my tenure there; as such, I've been wanting to build ebooks of iMore's great Ultimate Guide content for ages. I'm especially excited that we're going to get to do so for Apple Music, a subject we've been working hard to cover thoroughly over the last month.

The book will be $4.99 and chock-full of our articles, detailed screenshot diagrams, and more. Here's our elevator pitch:

If you want to love Apple Music, but it's got you scratching your head, we've got the guide for you.In this book, we cover Apple Music's basics, the difference between Apple Music and iTunes Match, what iCloud Music Library is (and what it does), and how to use iOS 8.4's Music app, Apple Music Siri commands, and iTunes 12.2.

We hope you'll love the book—it's certainly going to be a labor of love from all of us. We're starting pre-orders today on the iBooks Store, and the book itself will be out on August 20 on the iBooks Store and (we hope!) the Kindle Store.

If you liked our Apple Music coverage and want to help support iMore in the writing of even more great how-to and editorial content, pre-ordering the book is a wonderful way to do that and will get you many happy feelings from Rene and myself. Sending the link to your Apple Music-befuddled friends: also awesome.

  • Apple Music: The Ultimate Guide - $4.99 - Order here! (opens in new tab)

Serenity was formerly the Managing Editor at iMore, and now works for Apple. She's been talking, writing about, and tinkering with Apple products since she was old enough to double-click. In her spare time, she sketches, sings, and in her secret superhero life, plays roller derby. Follow her on Twitter @settern.

23 Comments
  • Looking forward to it! Hope you are planning more pubs (via Zinio?). Am waiting before I purchase from others as I appreciate iMore's efforts and wish to support you with purchases (monthly pub?) of your content. Sent from the iMore App
  • I think the most important thing to me to have in this book - which BTW, thanks very much for doing - is to help a Mac user get music to his iTunes. I discovered via New for you that I like Black Eyed Peas. So how to get a bunch of it to my music so I can build smart play lists with them and other stuff that is local on my HD. This makes it really easy for me but so far it is hard getting Apple Music to My Music. Michael
  • What's the difference between the iBookstore and the iBooks Store? The link leads me to download iBooks.
  • Same thing, I'm just bad at keeping track of what Apple's calling it these days.
  • Spoiler alert: they're asking five dollars for the ebook.
  • "The book will be $4.99 and chock-full of our articles, detailed screenshot diagrams, and more." Not so much a spoiler. :)
  • They can't insert advertising in an iBook like they can their website. Do you work for free? Sent from the iMore App
  • Think it's great iMore is producing an eBook and charging for the hard work done to produce this content. Wish it wasn't necessary to need such a resource for any Apple product! The service itself is great but the complexity is too high IMO. Sent from the iMore App
  • Got to agree with that, we shouldn't need a manual to work a music app! Sent from the iMore App
  • I have to agree. I'm sure this will be a great resource and very well done, but a music streaming service shouldn't need such a guide. Spotify and Google Play Music doesn't.
  • What does it say about the state of design at Apple's if one needs to read up on how the application works? In the past, that would be seen as a design flaw which needs to be fixed.
  • Perhaps consider the title-
    How to keep from hulk-smashing your computer & phone since you're basically stuck with this piece of crap they call iTunes/Music/iTunes Music Store/iTunes Match/Apple Music/iCloud Music Library/iTunes in the Cloud/iTunes Radio (algorithm playlist)/iTunes Radio (Human curated)/Internet Radio. Sent from the iMore App
  • Thanks Serenity!!! Already pre ordered... Sent from the iMore App
  • So 4.99 for essentially learning how to Search for a track, how to click on that + sign to add your library or click on the 3 dots for playlist adding etc lol oh how can I forget how to press play on the app. Spoiler alert - you press the play button
  • If five bucks helps bring future iMore ebooks, count me in! Serenity's coverage of Apple Music has been outstanding. The million dollar question though... Will the Kindle version be cheaper than the iBook version? :)
  • In all seriousness, why does that become the "million dollar question"? You value the book in your first sentence & then take it back in the next.
  • "Million Dollar Question" is a colloquialism, it has no monetary value. It means "burning question" or "crucial question". Seeing as how Kindle books are frequently less expensive than iBooks, it feels like an an appropriate expression for this tongue-in-cheek question (hence the smiley).
  • Ah-iMore sees the ad/content blocking writing on the wall, and is looking for more revenue streams. If iMore cuts some of the 12 ads I see on this page right now, I'd be more than happy to buy the book(s) just to be supportive.
  • Just one silly question... Why do I need an entire ebook to learn to understand Apple Music? What happened to 'intuitive' and 'easy to understand functionality'? From my point of view Apple Music is the worse service they have ever brought out and the need for thick manuals is, at least, illustrating just that. Sent from the iMore App
  • Just one silly question... Why do I need an entire ebook to learn to understand Apple Music? What happened to 'intuitive' and 'easy to understand functionality'? From my point of view Apple Music is the worse service they have ever brought out and the need for thick manuals is, at least, illustrating just that. Sent from the iMore App
  • Personally I find new Music app and service in general very easy to use and intuitive, didn't have any problems whatsoever finding what I need, but I'm sure many people will be happy and feel safe to be guided step by step into new Apple Music world, good job guys!
  • Hoping this will be available for international iBook purchases.
    I was fond of the Macworld ebooks so will be happy to pay $4.99 in support of the efforts of iMore.
  • What about us poor folk that don't have a iBooks store, i.e. South Africa? Sent from the iMore App