Apple Inc. Preps Apple Music For Android, Leaked Screenshots

26 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Apple Music for Android is being beta tested, release imminent?.

LOS ANGELES – Apple is apparently getting ready to release an Android app for its Apple Music subscription service: German mobile enthusiast website Mobile Geeks got its hands on screenshots of the app, and is reporting that Apple is currently conducting a private beta test with select Android users. The app, as shown in the screenshots, offers largely the same functionality as the iPhone version of Apple Music, including access to Apple’s Beats1 radio service. This is only the second time that the company has officially released an app for Android, with the first one being a tool to move data from Android phones to iPhones. The app by and large looks like the iOS version, but it integrates some Android design conventions, such as the Hamburger menu in the upper right corner.

But of course managing the nauseating number of different profiles we have across email, social media, online stores and the like means it is too difficult to keep track of 8000 different, shifting passwords. 1Password is a secure app (really) that generates strong, random passwords for all your sites without you ever having to memorise or even see them. Besides your master password for the app (which you do need to remember) 1Password will sit on your desktop or your smartphone and prompt you to begin saving user names and passwords.

This is the annoying part – painstakingly adding your details to the 1Password forms, but if you do this over time, it’s amazing how quickly that little bank fills up. We’re not entirely sure of TechAeris’s rumor-mill track record and there are reasons to question the notion that Apple would perform a beta test in this way, but it doesn’t seem beyond the realm of possibility. Both have access to Apple TV apps, which includes familiar content providers like HBO Now and Netflix, but also unexpected software, like digital discount clothier Gilt Groupe. You also can store your credit card details, passport and licence information and lock it up, allowing you to move through the internet easily but securely. 1Password is available for Mac, iPhone & iPad, Windows and Android, which is great in itself as most people use a mix of devices and this will keep your passwords locked on all.

Tap it, and you can ask Siri to whisk you away to a specific app, or to recommend a funny show (keeping in mind that your idea of “funny” may not align with Siri’s, although she does use Rotten Tomatoes to determine what’s good), or to fish a specific piece of content out of one of your many streaming options. Apple has stated publicly that its universal search won’t favor iTunes, unlike Fire TV, which appears to display Amazon content first, regardless of whether it’s the cheapest option.

Apple is encouraging developers to use on-demand resources, which essentially means that rather than ask users to download an entire app or game, they download only what’s necessary at any given time. As for movies, photos, and music, Apple TV will cache the content you access most frequently so you don’t have to wait forever for to start streaming.

If you plan not just to download a lot of apps and games but also to play them for hours at a time and switch between them frequently, you should get a 64 gigabyte Apple TV just to be safe. Dropping to 32 gigs doesn’t seem like a perilous choice; it’s unlikely that you’ll have to ration space like you would on, say, a 16 gigabyte iPhone. If you like the current Apple TV but wish you could talk to it, or want that genuinely universal search feature, or like the idea of doing more than just watching stuff on your TV (like… buying stuff?), go ahead and get the 32GB model. For less than half the cost of one the fancy new models, you get the same high-definition streaming, a respectable selection of streaming apps, including all the majors like Netflix, Hulu, HBO Now, Showtime, and more.

You won’t be able to download any of the new apps, but so far we don’t really know what those are anyway, or how useful they’ll be beyond streaming. There’s also the issue of Apple’s long, long, long-rumored over the top, subscription television service that would let you cut ties with your cable provider for good. That would be a great bonus, but don’t bank on it; plans can change, and if a potential Apple TV cable alternative is a must-have, you’ll be making a gamble that this device will offer it. That a subscription service may or may not happen could seriously impact your decision, and it’s a question that might take months to resolve, if it ever is.

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