Finally many developers and public beta testers running the latest iOS 8.4 beta version are now seeing popups for Apple’s upcoming Music streaming service within the Music app. Apple’s onw streaming music service announced at this year’s WWDC earlier this week, and said to be go live from 30th of June alongside the roll out of iOS 8.4. Beta 4 was already made available to download for developers and found the all new Music app.
When opening the app, seen that there’s a popup for Apple Music that prompts users to start a three month free trial. Tapping on that option leads to another screen, letting users choose either an individual plan for $9.99 for a family plan for $14.99, but there’s no way to actually signing up for a plan. Choosing a plan simply grays out the option and do not allow users to progress further in the sign up process.
In India, iOS 8.4 beta developers also found the similar one pricing for individual plan at Rs 120 ($9.99) per month and Rs 180 for family plan per month. These options have been showing up for some users since the latest iOS 8.4 beta was seeded early morning, but many more users are now seeing signs of the Apple Music servuice as the Cupertino firm to implement backend tools to support subscription signups at launch.
The full Apple Music experience includes an on-demand streaming music service, the Beats 1 radio station, and Apple Connect, a social networking service connecting fans and artists. Apple Music will be officially launched on 30th of June as part of iOS 8.4 download, which it is built into the Music app. Apple Music will launch on Android and Apple TV in the fall.
Update: Apple plans to charge between $9.99 and $14.99 per month for its upcoming on-demand Apple Music service, with 58 percent of its subscription revenues going to record labels. For every $9.99 Apple collects from subscribers in the United States, it will pay out $5.80 to labels. Additionally, Apple pay 12% to publishers and/or songwriters, leaving the company with somewhere around 30 percent of the revenue from the Apple Music service.
The figures come from a leaked document shared by Digital Music News earlier this week. Erroneously suggested Apple was paying less to music labels than other streaming music services like Spotify, but it’s 70 percent that Apple pays out to rights holders is on par with the industry standard.
Last but not least, Apple’s focus on paid-only music is unsurprising, given the current state of the streaming music industry. Apple Music could quickly become one of the most profitable streaming services, as long as Apple can draw huge in consumers.