Apple Music: First Impressions

Could Apple Music change the music industry forever?

Apple Music officially became available this week. It is more impressive than I originally thought, but there are some things that need to be worked out as well. I will list the positives and negatives about Apple Music.

Positives

  • The integration with the iTunes library is great. It makes Apple Music a lot more convenient to use than Spotify if you have an iPhone or an iOS device.
  • The sound is top-notch, even better than Spotify.
  • Three month trial period without having to give credit card information.
  • Works great with Siri. While working out, I requested “Just a Gigalo” by David Lee Roth and it found the song (which isn’t in my personal library) and played it. It brought back so many memories!
  • A very polished interface
  • They are paying artists for the three-month trial period. Thank you, Taylor Swift.
  • The “Connect” feature allows you to follow your favorite artist, who may upload ticket information or live concert performances.

Negatives

  • There is a definite problem with iCloud; it streams different versions of your original songs you upload on your device. I noticed on my iPod Touch, the version of Katy Perry’s “Firework” was a lower-quality remix version–something I never heard before.
  • When adding a song from Apple Music to your playlist, there is a good chance it won’t show up or it will completely disappear.
  • Still not as wide of a selection of songs that Spotify has.
  • Prince took most of his catalog off Apple Music.
  • Some of the playlists are too small or don’t match what you originally requested.
  • Gets stuck when streaming a song once in a while on T-Mobile’s LTE network.
  • Buggy updates for some: There have been reports of people updating the Apple Music app only to have it crash on them when the update is finished.

Apple Music has a large selection, but still needs to catch up to Spotify.

I can’t believe I am saying this, but so far — I think Apple Music is a keeper. I will most likely be cancelling my Spotify account in a couple of months and stay with Apple Music. I am still waiting to see if they can improve the bugs and add more variety to their selection. This sounds cliche, I know: But it’s very possible that Apple Music will completely revise the way we listen to music and define the future of music consumption.

About Daryl

Daryl Deino has been a technology enthusiast since 1995 and has written for several newspapers and technology sites. Please reach him at [email protected]
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