Apple Music comes to Android
Beta version of Cupertino's streaming app appears on Google Play store
Apple has finally made good on its promise to bring the Apple Music streaming service to the Android operating system, and it's available to Android users in the Middle East.
Launched earlier in the year, the service was initially available only on devices running Apple's iOS operating system, but Cupertino had promised from the outset that Apple Music would eventually come to Android, too.
The Android app is still in beta mode, in that some services still aren't available on it. For example, music videos aren't available on the Android app, and users cannot create family membership accounts through it either. However, there do not seem to be any geographical limitations to the app, meaning that Android users in a number of Middle Eastern countries should be able to access the service just as well as iOS users can.
As was the case with the original iOS app, Android users are able to sign up for a three-month free trial before they have to start paying for the music streaming service. After the trial, pricing schemes will be the same, meaning that, in the UAE, it'll be AED 19.99 per month.
This is Apple's first Android app designer for real Android users. It has published a migration tool to the Google Play store, designed to help Android users switch to iPhone. Apple also has a number of Beats apps on Android, but those were inherited when Cupertino acquired the headphone company last year.
Indeed, Apple said that it has tried to make Apple Music on Android feel like a native Android app.
"We've always wanted to do things for everyone when it came down to music. Part of that was letting you enjoy your music no matter where you were and what products you were using," Eddy Cue, senior vice president of Internet Software and Services at Apple, told TechCrunch.
"It's a full native app, so it will look and feel like an Android app. The menus will look like Android, you know the little hamburger they use on the top. It'll definitely feel very much like an Android app."