Are you ready for Apple Music?

Apple Music Screen-grab from promo

Apple Music goes live today! In order to get access to it you will need to update your iOS devices to iOS 8.4, which will be available in the UK at 4pm today. Once you have installed the update then you will be able to avail of the new Apple Music service that is free for the first 3 months. After the free trial it costs $9.99 per month (or $14.99 for your whole family), no-one is exactly sure how much it will cost in the UK at the time of writing.

The biggest barrier to using Apple Music?

The biggest barrier in the UK is still that lack of high-speed internet connectivity for large areas of the country. If you have slow broadband (or a large family with lots of devices and games using up your precious bandwidth), Apple Music only streams music, so you will probably struggle to listen seamlessly. Couple this with most households who have download limits, and Apple might find that adoption of its service in the UK is slow to start, particularly outside of  major cities, where have any mobile signal is a blessing, 3G is a far away dream and 4G is some sort of miracle that we have heard exists somewhere, but as yet is illusive.

A New Radio Station?

If you do have the connectivity, then you should probably check out Beats 1 – its Apple’s own Internet radio station that’s launching alongside Apple Music. It’ll be available in the Music app and broadcasting live around the world 24/7. The station will play new music regardless of the genre and feature a number of A-list celebrities with their own shows.

Beats 1 will go live tomorrow at 9 a.m. PT or 12 p.m. ET, an hour after Apple Music officially launches.

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