Apple Music

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  1. johannes

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    I'm still undecided. Leaning towards MUSIC but Spotify Premium comes with my Globe postpaid plan. In terms of pricing, Spotify is cheaper. In terms of music, they have their own pros.

    To those on Spotify but have decided to go full time with MUSIC, what was the clincher for you?
     
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    After two months of jumping from Spotify to Apple Music to Spotify again, then to Apple Music, I think I'll be sticking with AM as they have a wider collection for OPM songs, though saving their songs offline eats more space than Spotify, well I guess it's about time that I upgrade to a larger storage capacity with the new iPhone.
     
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    Sorry if this has been answered earlier. Does Apple Music's free 3 month trial has ads?
     
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    no ads. But I think the free premium version will only be until the end of September.
     
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    Can anyone help here?

    I'm trying to register for Apple Music using my PH iTunes account. I've tried entering my card information but it says it's invalid. My card happens to be a BPI prepaid Visa card.

    Is the system "choosy" in the type of card that I put in? If so, what cards should i use so I could access Apple Music.

    Any information you can give is highly appreciated! Thank you!
     
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    When I signed up for the trial, I used a BPI Prepaid Visa card with my PH iTunes account. No problems. iTunes even accepted it even it was due to expire last July.

    Anyways, I decided not to continue with a paid subscription and will consider in the future if I'll give Apple Music another shot. Maybe when they release it for Android use I'll get a paid subscription.
     
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    I also have the same BPI prepaid Visa card, and I have been on Apple Music since July with it.
     
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    I'm letting my apple music subscription expire & stick to Spotify premium in the meantime. What I'll probably do is revive my account every couple of months just to check the curated playlists to see what I'm missing in Spotify.
     
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    Here's an interesting article I read recently (Why Apple Music Missed a Beat):

    https://hbr.org/2015/09/why-apple-m...flow&utm_medium=Tweet&utm_campaign=Socialflow

    Some excerpts:

    What do you think, folks? Is the author correct in his analysis?

    Is the lackluster reception for MUSIC a result of its being released as "just a souped-up distribution channel" instead of an "experiential platform" that the author hoped for?

    Did MUSIC miss a beat because it wasn't the game-changer users hoped for?

    Or, do you disagree with the author? Do you think MUSIC got it right and the author is the one who actually missed the point?
     
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    It's too early to say if it's a failure or not. Right now, I just find it too expensive considering that there are other cheaper alternatives that pretty much provide the same thing that I need from a music streaming service. I will admit however that the old school music collector in me still finds the need to download music tracks to 'own' rather than just have access to it (via streaming); that's something that iTunes still offers & spotify doesn't which means continued dependence on Apple Music for a guy like me.
     
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    The local price of $2.99 was a no-brainer for me to subscribe. That's the price of a Starbucks coffee, and in exchange we get unlimited access to any song we want. The only drawback is I have to make my iTunes PH account my default account on my iOS devices to keep the songs synced. I'm slowly letting go of my US iTunes account and just rely on it occasionally to download past purchases.

    I agree that the US price of $9.99 may be too prohibitive for many users.
     
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    I forgot to turn off auto renew. :( I got charged $9.99
     
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    Apple Music just released a beta app for android. Signed up for the 3 month trial but it will take a lot for apple to pry me away from google music at $7.99/month (I got it early) and ad-free youtube. With an app that is already cross-platform. Heck I don't even have to install a program if I want to listen to my music on someone else's computer.
     
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    Just wanted to find out from people who are currently subscribed to apple music if they are satisfied with the service? Pros and cons.

    I'm trying hard to find an excuse to switch. Especially now that I am getting ad-free Youtube Red free with my google play music subscription.
     
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    anyone having issues with the music player. Apple Music splash screen is stucked and i can't get to my music list.
     
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    I really disliked one recent change that they did.

    Before I can download a song offline with just one press (download music). Now it's less intuitive. You have to press the +. Then go to my music, then the album, then press the cloud with the downward arrow. So far, I can't find a faster way to do this.
     
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    Their android app still needs a few tinkering. There are times that it would crash, especially when using it offline.
     
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    Hi Folks. I just realized that I am unable to play my music collection ( from iTunes) offline. Ever since I subscribed to Apple Music last year, I've never really felt the need to play my own music since obviously the Apple Music library has a more comprehensive music collection. When I tried playing my own music offline. It didn't play. I already called Apple support and wasted 30 minutes of time waiting for a support specialist that didn't come. Apple's support is just plain terrible. Any advice, comments, suggestions will be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
     
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    here are some of the known incompatibility issues of Apple Music & your own iTunes library.

    http://www.macnn.com/articles/15/08...io.codec.and.apple.music.incompatible.129964/

    & from this site: http://www.imore.com/apple-music-faq


    "So my music lives next to the streaming service?

    Next to, yes, but also integrated with. Your current music collection now exists in iCloud Music Library, accessible on any of your devices. You can also add anything from the Apple Music collection to that library. Of course, if you never want to download songs from Apple Music's streaming catalog, you have that option—but it would make having the service pretty silly.


    I heard Apple Music's tracks are DRM-locked?

    Yes: Any song from the Apple Music catalog has DRM (digital rights management) applied to it, which is how the company makes sure you don't sign up for a streaming service, download a bunch of songs for offline listening, then cancel and run away with that music. So you can play any song from the Apple Music catalog on your devices, but you can't burn it to a CD or play it in, say, Spotify's online player. Makes sense enough, and it's similar to the DRM used by every other major streaming service.

    Where it gets tricky is when it comes to streaming your Mac's music library. Apple Music lets you upload your Mac's library to iCloud Music Library, where you can then stream and download songs to any of your other devices (up to 10). To keep you from incurring massive data bills, Apple tries to "match" the songs it can from your Mac's library with songs from its catalog, rather than upload all your tracks to iCloud; as such, any matched song will download to another device as an high-quality Apple Music catalog song—and thus, have DRM.

    This is different from Apple's similar iTunes Match service, which provides the same sort of matching service but matches to the iTunes Store catalog, which is DRM-free.

    As a result, if you cancel your Apple Music subscription, any matched tracks you download to another device will be rendered inoperative. (If you have both Match and Music, Match's iTunes Store catalog will take priority and you shouldn't have to worry about this.) Your Mac's original library will remain as-is—Apple Music will never replace those songs with DRM-laden files unless you specifically delete the track and redownload it.

    Apple Music and DRM explained: What you need to know
    But [insert site here] told me Apple DRM-locks the music on my Mac!

    That website is wrong. The only thing Apple DRM-locks is their Apple Music catalog. If you download matched tracks from that catalog on another device, those tracks—and those tracks alone—will be DRM-locked. (Or if you delete your Mac's local copy of your music and try to redownload it, which I highly do not recommend.) For more info and a full breakdown of Apple's DRM service:

    No, Apple is not adding DRM to songs on your Mac you already own
    I don't want DRM on my matched songs! Is iTunes Match going away?

    Nope, iTunes Match lives on, and you can subscribe to both it and Apple Music if you want to keep your matched music DRM-free. (Subscription tracks will remain DRM-locked. If you really want that track DRM-free, you'll have to buy it.)

    How to check if your Mac's songs are uploaded, matched, purchased, or Apple Music DRM-laden
    If you don't care about DRM, why would you subscribe to iTunes Match?

    If you're an Apple Music subscriber, you don't really need to—the service's iCloud Music Library takes care of matching and uploading for you.

    If you don't subscribe to Apple Music, however, you'll still need iTunes Match to store your music in iCloud if you want to stream your Mac's library to your other devices.

    Why would you choose iTunes Match rather than just subscribe to Apple Music? Math, my friends: iTunes Match is just $24.99/year, while an Apple Music subscription runs you $119.98/year. If streaming all of Apple's music collection doesn't appeal to you, but having on-the-go access to your full music library does, iTunes Match appears to be a good alternate option.

    Apple Music vs iTunes Match: What's the difference?
    What about the iTunes Match 25,000 song limit, is that going to change for Apple Music and iTunes Match?

    Not right away, but Apple's Eddy Cue did tweet saying the company was working to increase it to 100,000 songs for iOS 9, which is scheduled for release this fall.

    Here's how to create a secondary iTunes library for Apple Music and iTunes Match
    Can I mix and match my songs with the Apple Music collection?

    Absolutely: Apple has said you'll be able to build playlists with both your music and the Apple Music collection, and add Apple Music songs to your library.

    How to find Apple Music songs you've added to your library
    What does Apple Music mean for iTunes Radio and the iTunes Store?

    iTunes Radio is dead. RIP. In its place, you'll find Beats 1 (which is live and streaming 24/7), and Apple Music radio stations (which, unlike iTunes Radio stations, are hand-built rather than algorithmically created), along with the option to create your own custom Apple Music radio station.

    The iTunes Store is very much alive, though: Just because you can stream music doesn't mean Apple expects you never to buy a song again in your life. Sometimes, you just want to own an album or song, and iTunes will be there for you.

    What's the streaming bitrate?

    Apple Music files are sent to your device at 256kbps AAC, similar to the iTunes Match service. According to Apple senior vice president Eddy Cue, the actual bitrate varies depending whether you're on Wi-Fi or cellular, likely to save on your monthly data bill. This is done automatically; there's no preference pane to prefer a higher bit-rate over cellular currently, though there will be one in iOS 9.

    Can I listen offline?

    Yup! Offline listening to both songs and playlists is one of the perks of Apple Music. (It's also why any songs from the streaming catalog are DRM-locked.)

    How to view (and remove) offline music on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch
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