While Apple is expected to unveil more about Apple Watch in the upcoming “Spring Forward” media event on March 9, it seems that the Cupertino giant might add some extra toppings. There has been speculation that Apple might officially introduce its own music streaming service based around its Beats Music acquisition.
According to various earlier media reports, Apple was originally planning to launch its streaming service in early 2015. However, there has been no sign from Apple’s end yet and it is much believed that Apple will unwrap the details along with the unveiling of its much anticipated smartwatch.
Following the announcement, Apple’s new music service is expected to make its debut at June’s Worldwide Developers Conference. It will probably arrive in the fall with the new iOS devices and iOS 9. In order to bolster its streaming service, it is being said that Apple will offer subscription packs for its music streaming service at $7.99, which is somewhat $2 cheaper than what other competitors in the same field offer.
Apple has yet to finalize whether it will launch the streaming service as part of its iOS 8.4 update, scheduled to appear after WWDC, or as part of iOS 9. The service will integrate into the Music app on iOS and iTunes on OS X, and it’ll work similarly to how the existing Beats Music app works right now.
Apple apparently plans to offer the service across platforms. Interestingly, the launch of Apple’s streaming service should also see the launch of Apple’s very first Android application. This might have also been one of the reasons for the delayed launch of the streaming service.