With Apple’s new streaming music service widely expected to be unveiled at Monday’s WWDC keynote in San Francisco, a new report from the Financial Times is offering more information about what to expect.
As widely believed, the site says the service will be named Apple Music. The moniker will also widely take the place of the iTunes brand. Only the music download store will retain the iTunes name.
Another notable new tidbit is that Apple plans to offer a three-month free trial to the service. That’s significantly longer than other competitors like Spotify, which usually offers a month-long free trial to new users.
The report also confirms previous reports that the service will cost the industry standard $9.99 per month.
Along with an improved iTunes Radio, the new streaming service will lean heavily on personalization. Here’s more from the report:
One of the features that will be retained is designed to elicit as much information as possible about a user’s individual music tastes by asking them to select favourite genres and musical styles when signing up for the service. It is hoped that this personalisation, alongside recommendations from artists, will help overcome the difficulty in choosing what to listen to from a library of millions of tracks — something Spotify has struggled to achieve.
Along with Apple Music, Apple is expected to unveil iOS 9, Mac OS X 10.11, and a new Apple Watch SDK during the keynote. Make sure to visit AppAdvice then for breaking coverage from the keynote. Apple will also stream the event live. It will be available on the Apple TV, iOS devices, and Macs.
If you’re interested, also take a look at our roundup of what we expect at the event.