You’re already a subscriber to Beats Music, and you know that you eventually have to migrate to Apple’s new streaming service. How do you make that happen, though, without losing the credit you already have for Beats Music or your saved music and playlists? Thanks to an update to the Beats Music app for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, there is an easy to use migration assistant to point you in the right direction.
Canceling your Beats Music account
The first thing you need to know is that Cupertino has confirmed that once your account is converted from a Beats Music account to Apple Music, your previously existing account is permanently canceled. This means that if you use a Sonos wireless speaker, you’ll lose the ability to stream Apple Music songs to it until support is added later this year.
Moving from Beats to Apple Music
The migration assistant keeps both your playlists and saved music from artists and albums intact when you transition to Apple Music. This is great news for those of us with a ton of playlists and saved music, since it means we don’t have to go hunting for the albums again or create new playlists.
You also get iTunes credit for any remaining balance you have on your Beats Music account. You can use this to buy apps, music, or books, or just hold onto the credit until your free three month trial to Apple Music is over and it’s time to pay.
The update obviously isn’t required if you don’t want to move over to Apple Music just yet. If you love to stream your Beats Music playlists to your Sonos wireless speaker, for instance, you might want to wait. Then again, Apple Music promises to be a fantastic service, and Sonos support should come before the end of the year. If you want to experience all that Apple Music has to offer and keep your Beats Music credit, go ahead and update, then run the migration assistant.
Not yet convinced whether or not Apple Music is for you? Check out our definitive guide to everything you want to know about the new service for more information.
Beats Music is designed for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, and is available as a free download on the App Store.