The show is about to begin.
Apple released iOS 8.4, which includes Apple Music, to iPhone and iPad owners at about 11 a.m. ET on Tuesday. To get the update, users need only go to Settings > General > Software Update and select “Download and Install.”
Apple Music is new streaming music service, which competes directly with Spotify, Rdio and others. Until now, the only way to listen to songs on demand through iTunes was to pay for tracks individually. Although Apple added streaming songs as an option with iTunes Match in 2011, it was limited to tracks already purchased or ripped from CDs. Apple later added a Pandora-like streaming radio service called iTunes Radio.
With Apple Music, users can stream almost any song, anytime, for $9.99 a month
With Apple Music, users can stream almost any song, anytime, for $9.99 a month, though the company is offering all users a three-month free trial. The service also packs a powerful discovery engine that includes human-curated playlists, exclusive content from some artists and a new live Internet radio station, Beats 1, which goes live at 12 p.m. ET on Tuesday. Mashable‘s Christina Warren got an advance look at Apple Music and said its music discovery features made her “excited about music for the first time in a long time.”
iOS 8.4 also includes other updates, including the addition of audiobooks in iBooks, several fixes to the iBooks app, and correcting bugs that affected GPS and the Apple Watch. The complete list of new features and fixes in iOS 8.4 is shown below.
If you’re a developer and you’re already running iOS 9, Apple is also releasing a new beta that includes Apple Music.
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