In the early days of the Internet, online music was a chaotic jumble of illegal MP3 downloads with few legitimate ways for fans to get the music they love. Apple's iPod, iTunes and later iPhone dramatically changed that. Today, Apple announced the next big thing in music.
Apple Music is putting the human touch back into online music. Details are sketchy today, but Apple CEO Tim Cook says it's “The next chapter in music. It will change the way you experience music forever.” Apparently Apple is putting real live humans in charge of picking playlists to account for the intangible emotional factor of music that computers and algorithms just can't crack.
Tell Apple Music what you like and you’ll get handpicked music based on your tastes. Get recommendations for albums and playlists you’ll love from experts — real people who know and love music. Apple Music will be available June 30 in over 100 countries with iOS 8.4 for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch and as an update to iTunes on your Mac. But Music isn't just for the Apple crowd. Apple Music will be available on Windows and on Android later this fall.
Other announcements today included dramatic new improvements to the software that powers Apple Watch. WatchOS 2 will be available as a free update this fall, and will work on every Apple Watch. With Apple's HomeKit, you can directly control lights and other things in your home from Apple Watch apps.
Apple also showed off new capabilities to its car entertainment system, CarPlay. CarPlay allows you to safely use your iPhone in your car. And now it lets you connect wirelessly. Apple says your CarPlay-enabled car will automatically sync with your iPhone without even taking it out of your purse or pocket.
While Apple didn't roll out any dramatic new gadgets that you'll be seeing on store shelves, these updates to the software that powers your Apple gear should be some welcome improvements.