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Beats Music: 20 Million Songs Waiting For You To Push Play
Operating System: iOS, Windows, Android
App Cost: $0.00 (as of 1/23/14)
Why This is Wirefly BUZZworthy
Beats Music is the latest streaming music app to hit the Google Play, App Store, and Windows Phone App Market, but it is a little different than most streaming music services. While the new Beats Music app is free to download, it has a monthly subscription fee of $9.99 per month and does not offer a totally free version that includes advertising.
Dr. Dre and the people at Beats really care about the listening experience and don't want commercials to get in the way of your workout mix or interrupt the vibe of the party. Setting up a Beats Music account is easy and while I don't normally like apps that ask me 20 questions before I use them, the Beats Music app does it with such style with their visually stimulating interface, I didn't mind answering the few questions. The Beats Music app asks you some questions about your favorite types of music and while it doesn't give you the option to create a channel based on a specific artist, it does ask you what artists you prefer. All of your answers are taken and compiled so that the app can match music top your individual preferences.
After downloading the app and creating an account personalized just for you, you can start listening to some of the more than 20 million tracks available on Beats Music. That massive music catalog matches the catalogs of other music steaming services like Rhapsody, Rdio, and Spotify while embarrassing the Pandora catalog of 900,000 songs.
My favorite thing about the Beats Music app is that it doesn't blindly look at only your age and determine that you are between 25-35 and therefore must like Justin Timberlake (although I do). To ensure you love every song played on your smartphone, Beats Music looks deeper into your music listening background to understand more about the music that was popular when you were growing up. Taking into account what might have been playing at school dances or blasting from your "borrowed" parent's minivan.
- Great user interface
- Large 20 million song catalog
- Music hand-picked by experts based on your personality and preferences
- Follow and get followed by sharing favorite tracks, albums, and playlists
- $9.99 per month
My final verdict on Beats Music is simple. If you are the kind of person that doesn't want to pay for music, like someone using the free version of Pandora, Beats Music might not be for you. However, if you currently subscribe to a streaming music that you have to pay for, Beats music is the upgrade you have been looking for.