Apple officially announced its own streaming service, Apple Music, Monday at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference. The announcement comes one year after the company acquired nascent streaming service Beats Music from Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre.
In addition to being able to instantly stream songs from the iTunes Store, Apple Music subscribers will have access to curated playlists and a 24/7 global radio station called Beats 1, which will be anchored by former BBC Radio 1 DJ Zane Lowe. Apple Music also has a social element in "Connect," which allows fans to "Like" and comment on posts from artists.
Apple Music will launch in 100 countries on June 30, and will be available for free for users' first three months. After that, the service will cost $9.99 a month, or $14.99 a month for families of up to six people. Meghan DeMaria