First Impressions with Apple Music

As you probably know by now, yesterday was launch day for Apple Music — Apple’s new music streaming service that promises to compete with Spotify, Tidal, and the like. This move intrigues me even more than Tidal did because millionaire artists aren’t talking about fair/unfair royalties I’m a user of iTunes since the beginning. I’m ready for the next evolution of Apple’s music and so far… first impressions are good.

The thing that immediately attracted me to the service was its design. I think they struck an overall great balance of not cluttering home screens with a bevy of options, but also hitting us with the feature new songs or albums for instance. This comes from an Apple loyalist, but that has always started with the design. No exception here.

For me, I loved having My Music already synched up and though I have to figure out how to add more with my iCloud storage too, it’ll be a great backup if I’m traveling and unable to pick up Wi-Fi. I ran into that issue yesterday. It still worked while I was walking around but once I changed back and forth to My Music, I lost the ability to stream.

As far as detractors, there wasn’t anything that I won’t be able to figure out more or get used to in general. I keep running into trouble adding songs to ‘My Music’ with the same iCloud prompt saying I need to turn the settings on (I had done it already.) There was a section highlighting independent artists and I hope that continues to be seen prominently throughout some of the Apple Music curated channels. Mix ’em in more! The hip hop channel was current (Jidenna’s Kendrick Lamar remix came up both times I flipped it on) but it was all mainstream artists. One more: Connect takes a little bit to get used to beyond following artists. The curve to getting used to it though shouldn’t be too steep.

Finally, you’re going to want to make sure your Auto-Renew option is off. You had to enter your credit card info before launching Apple Music and choose a plan ($9.99 individual, $14.99 family). Simply hit the button in the top left, pull up your account/preferences (where you can add an image) and you’ll find the option to do so. This will walk you through it. I set it the auto-renew off so I wouldn’t forget, but after an overall great first day, I think I’ll be sliding back that option to the green. What did you think of Apple Music? @gowherehiphop

Eminem “Phenomenal” (Teaser)

Count Eminem as one of the early superstar adopters of Apple Music as he debuted the trailer through the new streaming service on launch day.

Man, how “Phenomenal” has grown on me. I’ve narrowed down that the end of the first verse and beginning of the second verse are my favorite moments of Eminem’s verses overall.

Now he’s got the makings of an amazing, motivational video on deck, shot somewhere in Asia and truly doubling as an action film as Apple Music tweeted earlier today. I’m psyched for the trailer and already downloaded Apple Music so I’ll await the video soon.

Also tune into Zane Lowe on Apple Music tomorrow (I listened today, in fact… more on that here…) as Marshall will be Zane’s first guest on his new streaming radio show through the service.

ICYMI: The Southpaw Soundtrack

Apple announces new streaming service

UPDATE: Kanye West and Apple have been talking about bringing the exclusive release of his upcoming album SWISH to the streaming service. No deal has been reached, but with Kanye distancing himself from Tidal since its release, there is reason to speculate. (via Buzzfeed).

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Today was Apple’s annual summer keynote #WWDC15 and coming with it is the announcement of iOS 9, the “El Capitan” operating system for the computers, and the highly expected announcement of their new streaming service.

The deets: FREE for 3 months. $9.99/month after that (standard, and unlike TIDAL’s high prices.) Available June 30th, you can stream any song on iTunes on demand, create your own playlists, and listen to a 24/7 radio station anchored by Ebro in New York and Zane Lowe in L.A. amongst others.

Artists, like Drake and Pharrell who reportedly signed up with Apple’s streaming service, will be involved in the new ‘Connect’ feature where they will exclusively release music and videos. In fact, Drake was on hand in Cupertino (above), hinting that he’ll be using Apple Music in his plans for releasing his hotly anticipated album, Views From The 6. Nice jacket too, bro.

//platform.twitter.com/widgets.jsApple Music though seems more promising than Tidal, to be honest. But note too that this is coming from an Apple loyalist who has iTunes and music on the iPhone as his preferred players. I’m OCD on organizing my music library so I just never strayed from iTunes. Now, I may finally commit to paying a monthly fee for a streaming service, especially if Apple follows through on supporting the artists who are making music out their bedroom, as mentioned in the commercial below. After all, gotta listen to the indie artists we always have on rotation here on Gowhere as part of my stream service experience. We shall see come June 30th.

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Drake & Pharrell to sign to Apple Music’s streaming service

Music industry news that broke sometime yesterday as Drake and Pharrell have signed onto Apple Music for their upcoming, revamped streaming service set to be announced next week at the Apple Conference. On top of that, Drake and Pharrell will be amongst the DJs for the new iTunes Radio features so get ready for more artist-curated playlists.

The interesting tidbit that was also revealed, at least previously unbeknownst to me, was that Drake was initially in on TIDAL but pulled out a couple days before the launch. The report in the New York Post also said that Drake would be paid $19 million for the deal. But Billboard‘s sources are quoted as saying, “Apple doesn’t normally pay artists for those types of collaborations.”