Apple has released iOS 8.4 to all the iOS devices and the new update is all about delivering Apple Music to the masses. Apple Music is the company’s music streaming service which was introduced back in WWDC 2015.

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Like any modern music streaming service such as Spotify and Rdio, Apple Music will provide you access to the music you want to listen and it will try to learn your preference. You can save the music for offline listenin.  Apple did add in some features to make Apple Music stand out of the crowd. Apple Music has a 24/7 radio station called Beats 1 which is operated by human DJs instead of plainly generating a list of music by machine. It has the Connect function which provides a platform for the fans to stay closer to the artists.

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These features come with a price. Apple Music will cost $3.99/month for single user and $5.99/month for a family account consisting of 6 users in Malaysia ($9.99 for single user/14.99 for family in the US). The price is quite reasonable for the family plan, but the for the single-user plan, the price does not stand out at all. Luckily, Apple will give you a 3-month trial, free of charge of course. You can make good use of the trial period to decide if the service is good enough for you to pull the trigger.

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Anyway, if you are starting the trial and you have not decided whether  to continue the subscription, I suggest you to turn off the Auto-Renewal so that you will not be charged $10 per month later. Simply go to Account>View Apple ID>Manage>Your Membership and uncheck the auto-renewal option. Then your wallet should be safe.

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The new music service is integrated into the stock Music app and the app icon has been updated to indicate the changes. You can click on the account setting and you will see a “Join Apple Music” button over there.  Click it and you can choose your plan and start the new music service. You can listen to Apple Music from Mac, PC and Android devices (coming later) too with the same Apple Music account. You can learn more about Apple Music from the official site.

Other Improvements

While the spotlight is on Apple Music, there are other changes too. iBooks received some new features and improvements. There are fixes to some bugs, including the famous unicode bug where a text can slow down or crash an iPhone. Here’s the full list of changes in iOS 8.4 update.

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