Today at their annual Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple unveiled the relaunched Apple Music after buying Beats Music and hiring Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine. Here’s what went down.
Jimmy Iovine came onstage to break down the three elements of Apple Music. The first one is a little vague – essentially, a revamped streaming Music app that includes every artist on iTunes. Playlists based on your listening habits will be recommended to users, and playlists by other users will also be suggested.
Beats One is the 24/7 global radio station that will have Zane Lowe stationed in Los Angeles and Ebro of Hot 97 in New York.
Drake came out to talk about Connect, where artists can share new music, videos, photos, and other updates directly to their fans. It looks like Drake is primed to drop his next album Views From The 6 on Apple Music in the near future.
Apple Music officially launches on June 30th with a 3-month trial, followed by a monthly price of $9.99. There is also a Family Plan option that allows for up to six users on one plan at a monthly price of $14.99 per month. Later on in the fall, Apple TV and Android users will also be able to use Apple Music.
To conclude the announcement, they played a Apple Music commercial that featured brand new music from Pharrell, and then cleared the stage for The Weeknd to perform his new single “Can’t Feel My Face,” which you can hear below.