In China debut, Apple Music keeps costs low

30 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Apple Music, iTunes Movies, iBooks Hit China.

Apple products mainly the iPhones fetched about USD 17 billion revenue in the first quarter in China making it the second biggest market for the company after the US. China’s Apple Music, which already includes millions of songs, features music from local artists, including Eason Chan, Li Ronghao, JJ Lin and G.E.M., as well as a wide range of international musicians, such as Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran. “Customers in China love the App Store and have made it our largest market in the world for app downloads,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services, in a statement on Tuesday night. “One of the top requests has been more great content and we’re thrilled to bring music, movies and books to China, curated by a local team of experts.” Apple Music will cost 10 yuan ($1.57) a month after the same three-month free trial available in the U.S. (famously slammed by Swift). iTunes movies range from 5 yuan ($0.79) for HD rentals to 18 yuan ($2.83) for HD purchases.

Chinese Apple lovers have been enjoying the iPhone for some time, but the iTunes Store —one of the drivers of the smartphone’s early success in the US—has never been available in China. Rather than just rush for the unsubscribe button, we thought we’d share four options on what to do about your membership before you start getting charged £10 a month. He said Apple’s service is unique for its cloud music library and ability to sync and save a user’s spot in a book or song when switching between devices, state-run Xinhua news agency reported. Starting today, users in China can access a free three-month trial of Apple Music, after which they’ll be charged a 15 yuan (about $2) monthly subscription fee.

In other news, the latest version of OSX for Mac, dubbed El Capitan, will also be available for download later today, less than a week after the release of their recordbreaking iPhone 6S. In July, China’s top copyright regulator announced stricter rules for music streaming, demanding online streaming services stop providing unlicensed music to users. But the discount may not be enough to make it a hit because of the language barrier and differences in taste between America and Asia, CNBC reports. “Unless they have exclusive content craved by local users, it will be difficult” for Apple Music in China, Gartner Research Director Sandy Shen told CNBC. The volume of China’s digital music market was estimated at 12.6 billion yuan for 2015, an increase of 30 per cent year on year, according to a report by Analysys, a leading information product and service provider in China’s Internet sector.

It’s gained some pretty positive reviews globally, touted as the best way to make your old Mac feel new again and further harmonises Apple’s software ecosystem between Macs and their iOS line. As the country’s mobile music copyright environment improves, music service platforms will supplement existing content to meet the demands of users, said the report. If you upgraded your device to iOS 8.4 on the day of release, you’ll have been able to stream, download and play all your favourite iTunes tracks for nothing.

Apple sold a record 13 million iPhones during the debut weekend of its latest handsets, boosted by launch-day availability in China, which now accounts for more than a quarter of its revenue. It’s likely that widespread piracy, fueled by internet companies such as Baidu, made the country a less-than-attractive investment during iTunes’ heyday in the mid 2000’s. Executives have expressed confidence in the market even as the world’s second-largest economy faces its slowest pace of growth in a quarter-century.

In order to justify its price tag, Apple will have to offer something its competitors can’t—and it’s not clear what that might be, in China or elsewhere. Lots of users will still have days, weeks or even months of free streaming left before they have to make a decision but for many of us our trial period has come to an end and if you’re not a fan of Apple’s new music platform, then you’ll need to unsubscribe today.

Luckily enough, cancelling the service is a simple process – just head in to your Apple Music app on your iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch or iTunes, press on the account button followed by viewing your Apple ID. You’ll then be able to keep playing music and downloading to your device until your three months ends, but Apple Music tracks will disappear off your device when that period ends. If, like millions of others who have warmly accepted Apple Music into their every day lives, you give the refreshed music app a big thumbs up, then you can always keep it going for £9.99 a month.

If you store your music on one computer but would like access to it on all your devices, iTunes Match syncs your entire iTunes library to iCloud and allows you to access your songs, albums and playlists wherever you are, so long as you have an internet connection. At only £21.99 for an annual subscription, it’s £98 less expensive than Apple Music over the course of the year, but it doesn’t give you the bonus access to all the songs on iTunes. By adding kids, parents, friends, etc to a Family Sharing network, you can all share one another’s content with whatever restrictions you enforce (e.g.

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