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Apple’s revamped streaming music service will offer some ways for users to listen for free

Apple’s revamped streaming music service will offer some ways for users to listen for free

May 8, 2015

Apple’s revamped Beats Music streaming service won’t offer free, unlimited streaming like Spotify or YouTube. But according to a new report from Re/Code, there will be a few ways for music fans to listen without opening their pocketbooks.

Most importantly, the site says that there will be some type of free trial period, which could range anywhere from one to three month’s depending on Apple’s negotiations with music labels. Those negotiations are still reportedly ongoing.

Interestingly, Apple will also offer a SoundCloud-like component that would allow users to listen and upload samples of different songs for free.

Finally, Apple is planning a new version of the pictured iTunes Radio. The site says that the stations will be programmed by humans instead of computers and could be possibly localized for different countries.

The service could possibly make its debut with iOS 9, which should be announced at WWDC in San Francisco in June. It will more than likely shed the Beats Music branding and cost users the industry standard $9.99 per month for a subscription.

Apple has also apparently been courting popular artists, like Taylor Swift, to provide exclusive content for the service. The service will be built into iOS, Mac OS X, and the Apple TV.

Re/code also notes that Apple is planning a “thunderous” marketing campaign to help promote the service to more than 800 million users with iTunes accounts.

For other news today, see: Google caters to food delivery with its latest update, Nintendo decides less is more for its iOS games, and The most popular smartphone in the US increases its lead slightly.

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