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James Wearmouth’s Things I Like: 2 – Apple Music

Once upon a time, you had to go to a shop to buy a CD – all that effort! Now, with the click of a button I can have a single downloaded onto my phone within seconds! I love shops which sell music and – don’t get me wrong – there is definitely something very satisfying about buying a CD and playing it, although usually there will be tracks you never want listen to. But with Apple Music (and Android equivalents) you download exactly what you want without the “guff” you don’t want.

With Apple Music I can create a playlist allowing me to choose what I want to listen to and when. I can listen to Hello by Adele one moment, Blue by Eiffel 65 and finish with Moondance by Van Morrison without even touching my phone.

Accompanied with the new iPhone 6s or 6s Plus Apple Music is the easiest thing in the world to use! The new 6s’ ‘3D Touch’ feature allows you to listen to the ‘Beats 1’ radio station incredibly easily from the home screen.

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The ‘for you’ section is very handy and has opened me to several artists I may have never listened to before! The radio section is a nice addition allowing me to listen to a mixture of channels including: Charting, Beats and specific artist radio stations. The Jazz and Soul stations are ones of specific interest to me but there are channels for all different genres including Gospel, Country, Reggae and Bollywood!

A couple of weeks ago, I made a thoroughly enjoyable trip to Friska on the triangle where I enjoyed a latte and browsed LP vinyls and CDs. I think Apple Music doesn’t have to replace the enjoyable and often sociable experience of listening to music – but can happily go hand in hand with it.

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Apple Music comes at the rather steep cost of £9.99 per month (the same as Spotify Premium – the alternative) but the family saver deal allows the whole family to use it for £14.99 a month makes it an affordable, compact and clever way to listen to music.

As I’ve been writing this I’ve had my headphones on listening to the ‘recommended for you’ radio and as a consequences added 3 songs to my Apple Music playlist and found a new artist. It’s this exposure to new artists and music which I love about Apple Music – variety as well as enjoyment.


Editor’s Note, 12 May 2016 — For details of the new Student Membership to Apple Music (£4.99 pm for up to 48 months), please visit Apple Support.