Music

The Lure Of Apple Music

I’m struggling with temptation.

In the past I have not been interested in music subscriptions. I could not see the value in spending $10-15 per month to listen to music I can hear on the radio, or from my own music library.

Now I’m not sure why it tempts me so.

I recognize these feelings of temptation from when iTunes Match was first launched. At first I believed I didn’t need it. I mean I can just sync whatever songs I want to listen to. Right?

Nope. After a few weeks of humming and haa-ing I finally gave in. And now I could not go back. Having every song in my iTunes library available to me wherever I am is so invaluable to me.

Then the new Apple Photos app arrived and dangled the new iCloud storage options in front of me. Every photo I have on every device wherever I am? Think about all those #tbt Instagram posts I could upload!

I tried to resist. I did. Eventually I signed up, once more.

Not long after signing up, Amazon Prime offered unlimited photo storage for free with Amazon Prime membership. I seriously considered switching but it just doesn’t fit perfectly in my Apple ecosystem.

Now my latest deliberation is Apple Music. So far I have even resisted participating in the 3 month trial. Silly, right? But I know if I start the trial the chances are I’m not going to be able to leave. Apple knows this.

I am wondering however, if the $10 per month will reduce the need to buy as much music as I normally do? Again, as a Prime customer, I have Prime music available to me, but the library and playlists have always felt quite limited.

For those of you who use Apple Music already, here are some questions:

  • If I subscribe to Apple Music, do I still need iTunes Match? Will my current iTunes library still be available to me with an Apple Music subscription only?
  • Are there any artists/albums you listen to that are not available on Apple Music?
  • Does the content have an expiry date, like Netflix & Prime movie content, etc?
  • Worship Leaders: Is it a good resource for new worship music and discovering new songs for church?
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