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Apple, Tim Cook, Unveil Apple Music

Latest Update: June 10, 2015 | 255 Views
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Apple CEO and Robertsdale native Tim Cook took the stage at the Worldwide Developer’s Conference on Monday to introduce his company’s latest innovations, including a new streaming music app.

Apple says its new Apple Music app will cost $10 a month for one person or $15 a month for a family of up to six people.

Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet software and services, adds that the first three months will be free.

Cue says Apple Music will launch in more than 100 countries at the end of the month with a software update. He says it is also coming to Android devices in the fall.

He showed off some features, including the app’s integration with Siri, Apple’s voice activated assistant at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco Monday.

Siri took requests like “Play the song from ‘Selma,’” “Play the top song from May 1982,” and “Play the Top 10 songs in alternative.”

Apple Music also features a 24/7 internet radio station called “Beats 1,” led by former BBC host Zane Lowe.

Also part of the keynote, the iOS 9 update coming this fall will also have battery improvements and improved security.

Health-related improvements include tracking for hydration and ultraviolet exposure, while smart-home features include supporting sensors for carbon monoxide. App developers would take advantage of these tools in building new apps and devices.

In future cars that support Apple’s CarPlay, you’ll be able to do more on the car’s dashboard without taking the phone out of your bag or pocket.

To get iOS 9, you’ll need less free space than before to upgrade wirelessly. That was a complaint with iOS upgrades in previous years.

The new software will work with all phones and tablets that currently support iOS 8, though not all features will work with older devices.