The music streaming service Apple Music launched on the last day of June 2015. But over the years, the streaming platform has become the world’s second-best music streaming service, behind only Sweden’s Spotify.
If users listen to streaming music on Apple Music, then they have a huge range of effective options, including the ability to download music and listen to it without the Internet, the highest lossless sound quality, and much more.
At the same price as the competition and available on major platforms including Android, it’s taking market share from Spotify and its ilk. But be careful, not all songs from the iTunes Store will be available for streaming on Apple Music.
If Apple could transfer all the songs from the iTunes Store to Apple Music, it would surely have the best collection among streaming services. But it’s not. The most notable exception is the Beatles, who do not license music to any streaming service, not even other online music stores – the only way to purchase the quartet’s discography digitally is through the iTunes Store. To buy songs from the Liverpool Quartet or anything else from the iTunes Store, you’ll need a US account.
Apple Music is subject to the same problems as other streaming services, and music sales make up a significant portion of Apple’s revenue.
The iTunes Store has music from major labels and the most famous independent labels. Most songs cost an average of 99 cents on the iTunes Store in the US, while full albums average $9.99. In total, according to Apple, there are more than 30 million songs in the iTunes Store collection.
Continuing to talk about music, the advent of the iTunes Store allows you to use iTunes Match. With an annual subscription, the consumer pays $24.99 for permission to play all songs not purchased from the iTunes Store. When a customer subscribes to a service, iTunes determines which songs they are, checks the Apple database, and downloads the existing ones—with high sound quality. Songs that are not available in the iTunes Store go through a backup process that sends them to Apple’s servers, where they are only available for download in the future to the user who downloaded the file.
In order to deliver content, the iTunes Store had to comply with national age ratings. The store provides free content for children aged 10 and over, youth aged 12, 14 or 16, and adults over 18.
If you subscribe to Apple Music, you don’t need iTunes Match. You will be able to access audio content through the cloud whether you subscribe to iTunes or not. If you have a premium subscription to Apple Music, then you get all the benefits of iTunes Match, and the entire Apple Music music library becomes available to you.
Therefore, you should understand the difference between the Apple Music streaming service and the iTunes music store. Of course, the possibilities of iTunes are far from being exhausted only by selling music. But for music lovers, there is no need to pay double fees. All they need is a premium subscription to Apple Music. This will be enough.
Apple representatives announced two years ago that the company would soon close iTunes. So far, this store, which has effectively worked for two decades, continues to work. But its possibilities are constantly reduced.