Yesterday, during its WWDC keynote, Apple executives have taken the stage to announce a couple of new services, products and improvements, such as OS X El Capitan, iOS 9, multitasking for the iPad, a brand new news reading app and Apple Music, among others.
This year’s edition of WWDC is the first one when Apple has finally decided to change its approach towards cross-platform users. The company has confirmed that it will be bringing Apple Music to Android owners this fall. With this move, Apple is making it clear that it wants its new music streaming service to be the ultimate and universal location for all your music needs. There are many rivals in the market and the competition is fierce, so Apple is hoping that such a move would prove to be fruitful.
Apple is no stranger to the music industry as it has pretty much been in the lead with iTunes when paid downloads were a thing. But now streaming is the new thing, and Apple wants to make its new service as widespread as possible. The new subscription service costs $9.99 per month and will first be available on the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, and PC starting June 30th, but Apple TV and Android users will be able to get it this fall, as well. As of now Apple hasn’t provided an exact date as to when could that happen.
Apple Music users on Apple devices will be able to listen free to radio stations such as BeatsOne with limited skips, but if you’re on Android, you will need to be a paid subscriber in order to listen to music. But Apple Music isn’t the single Android app the company is launching.
In order to make it easier for current Android phone owners to switch to an iPhone, Apple is putting at their disposal the new Move to iOS app. After downloading it, you will be able to wirelessly switch from your Android device to your new iOS device. Apple says that the app securely transfers contacts, message history, camera photos and videos, web bookmarks, mail accounts, calendars, wallpaper, and DRM-free songs and books.
Furthermore, it can help rebuild your app library, too by suggesting for download from the App Store the free apps that you have used. As for the paid apps, these will be added to your iTunes Wish List. The iPhone is doing great these days, with new records being smashed, and this fresh tool could help Apple maintain this trend.