Apple Music application for mobile platforms debuted not too long ago but already conquered a tasty portion of the online music-streaming market. The fact that an Apple app made it outside its iOS garden, surrounded by a high fence, was a surprise (even shocking I must say). Nonetheless, we have what we have – every Android user has an opportunity to know what it feels like to be ripped off a privileged Apple-user.
Okay, here’s what all the hubbub about. Apple Music for Android offers you access to a staggering amount of music jams – more than 45 million(!), in AAC format at a bit rate of 256 KB/sec.
As for the sound quality, well, Spotify is mostly a bit better (due to a bigger bit rate), however, the difference won’t be much audible since most of us enjoy our precious music gems on average acoustic systems.
The app itself consists of 6 central segments that are pretty easy to navigate through:
Moreover, you can add friends to the app, examining their music taste and checking out their beloved compositions.
Perhaps what I like the most about Apple Music is that you can choose between public/private profiles – that’s a good way to avoid unwanted attention.
If you had an Apple ID in the past, register it in the app and all of your previous playlists/music purchases might return to you. My mark of the features is 9/10.
I like the visual aesthetics of the app – it’s a bit reminiscent of a glossy magazine page with a well-balanced color palette. Nonetheless, a couple of improvements wouldn’t hurt:
My Music category must be restructured according to the principles of logic and intuitiveness – so far it looks like a cluttered pigsty. My mark of this point is 8/10.
The app is known for ads on its interface which are quite annoying. The same spoils the entire music listening experience for the users. As for whole the experience it is quite a good app with a good performance, so my mark is 8/10. The app gives you a free 3-month-trial after which a paywall pops up demanding:
No other IAPs are offered.
Apple Music for Android is available as a free download for both the iOS and Android 4.3 and up. 10/10
Apple Music needs polishing and perfecting but so far it’s not even close to the “terrible” mark. But to be honest I don’t see what it can do what Spotify, Deezer or even SoundCloud can’t, plus Spotify has a better audio quality.
I wouldn’t personally join the Apple Music army but if you like this brand – heck, why not?
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