Apple Music finally comes to Android… and it only took 4 months
It might have taken a while, but Android users can finally get their hands on Apple Music. The app for Apple’s music streaming service appeared in the Google Play Store a little while ago, and comes four months after Apple first unveiled it.
Look and feel
As expected, Apple Music for Android is a lot like the iOS version, and is almost identical to screenshots leaked last month. Although the app retains the look and feel of the iOS version, Apple has adapted it to include Android’s design langauge, and included aspects such as the ‘burger’ menu button.
Just like the iOS version, Apple Music for Android lets users listen to a live feed to Apple’s always-on Beats 1 music service, and the app also features the Connect service as well as customised playlists. The only catch? You won’t be able to sign up to a family plan – that’s still just for iOS users.
When Tim Cook first announced Apple Music, he made the shock promise that Apple would make an app for Android too. Although it’s an unusual step, Apple Music isn’t the first app Apple has made for Google’s mobile OS. Apple Music joins Moving to iOS, a free migration assistant for Android users moving to iPhones.
According to Apple CEO Tim Cook, Apple Music currently has 15 million users, 6.5 million of which pay for the service. By making the service a multi-platform app, Apple Music is now available to a much larger market, putting it on a more level playing-field with its main rival Spotify.
To see how the two compare, read next: Apple Music vs Spotify: which music subscription service is best?