Apple has expanded its Apple Music platform to Android-based devices, as the company launched its first major app for Androids yesterday. Android users will now be able to subscribe to the Apple Music streaming service, use Beats 1 Radio, and have access to Apple Connect.
Available from the Google Play store, the new Apple Music app requires Android 4.3 or later. The app is available in all of the countries where Apple Music for iOS is available, except for China. Android users can enjoy the same three-month trial period, like iOS users. The new app also costs the same as the iOS app, $9.99 for an individual plan or $14.99 for a family plan.
In regards to the usability of the Android app, Eddy Cue, Apple’s Senior Vice President of Internet Software and Services, stated:
“We wanted customers on Android to naturally be able to use it — what they’ve learned and how they interact is common. Things as simple as [that] the share icon looks like an Android share icon; the menu structure being where it is; these are things that most Android customers are familiar with. We wanted to make sure that they felt very familiar with Apple Music when they sat down to use it.”
The company created the app for Android users so that “everyone in the world” can try Apple Music, regardless of the device they use. Although this app is not the first Android app created by Apple, it is the most important thus far.