Apple Music has finally come from behind the curtain placed over it when the tech giant bought the still-nascent Beats Music streaming service last year. Listeners are being offered the same price point as Spotify ($9.99 per month, plus a cheaper, family plan option) for millions of streaming songs, as well as all-day and all-night radio, run by BBC Radio star alum Zane Lowe, a social media platform for artists to keeps fans in the loop (a dubious feature, considering Apple’s previous outing) and a curatorial layer over all of that was overseen by Trent Reznor.
How is the Internet — classically level-headed — reacting? Let’s take a look.
BBC Radio 1 producer Gary Bales was excited at the prospect of a challenge:
— Gary Bales (@garydbales) June 8, 2015
Writer Ken Nguyen pointed out that…
Apple literally mansplaining “music” rn
— Kevin Nguyen (@knguyen) June 8, 2015
Critic Al Shipley used Billboard’s headline to put rap in general on blast:
the headline “Drake, Previously In Talks With Tidal, Endorses Apple Music” sums up just how lame our rap star power struggles are now
— Al Shipley (@alshipley) June 8, 2015
Many people clowned:
Very much looking forward to Apple Music telling me that if I want the newest version of Apple Music all I have to do is restart the program
— Matthew Keys (@MatthewKeysLive) June 8, 2015
— Sir-Hampton (@_sirhampton_) June 8, 2015
Apple music looks fresh. Fresh like iced tea *looks over at tweet advisor who is mouthing “no”* They should call it Snapple Music
— kid smock (@trillballins) June 8, 2015
And many had questions:
Missing from Apple music announcement: sound quality, metadata, payments to artists
— Damon K (@dada_drummer) June 8, 2015
I have only one question: will Apple Music work with Sonos
— Joshua Topolsky (@joshuatopolsky) June 8, 2015
apple music is cool but ima rock w/ spotify since i can play it on my ps4
— ?????$U$ (@antiwxlf) June 8, 2015
Will Apple Music work offline?
— Vlad Georgescu (@vladgeorgescu) June 8, 2015
Apple Music vs Tidal?
— J.R. (@JustinRyanM) June 8, 2015