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Beats on Tuesday launched an iOS app for its eponymous Internet radio service slated to officially start operations later today, adding yet another music streaming option from which iPhone and iPod touch owners can choose.

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Beats Music throws its hat into an already crowded ring occupied by existing services like Pandora, Spotify, Rdio and Apple's own iTunes Radio. The newcomer is moving in a different direction, however, with a subscription-only pay structure that looks to stand out with better content discovery.

According to the app's release notes and company website, Beats Music is a "new kind of streaming service" that leverages input from music experts and machine algorithms for content discovery. Over 20 million songs from a wide variety of genres are on tap for both streaming and offline listening.

Along with track, album and artist search functionality, a "Highlights" section displays popular music from the Beats Music community.

Unique to Beats Music is a "Just For You" section, which populates a playlist with a tailored mix of music. "Right Now" is a "fill in the blank" feature that creates a stream based on where a user is, what they feel like, who they are with and what genre of music they want to listen to.

Finally, sharing of favorite tracks, albums and playlists is supported via Facebook, Twitter and Beats Music's own network.

Cofounded by Dr. Dre and producer Jimmy Iovine, Beats has made a name for itself with fashion-forward audio accessories like the Beats By Dre headphones. Word of Beats Music, the company's first foray into content distribution, first surfaced in October 2013 after scattered rumors pointed to a possible Apple tie-up that never happened.

Beats Music is a free 13.2MB download from the App Store, while the service itself is available for $9.99 a month. Beats offers a free 7-day trial period for first-time users.
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I can't imagine a scenario where the content discovery is so good that it warrants $10 per month but more power to them to find a sustainable market.
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Music is a first to the trough market, and Apple brought the entire end-to-end solution. Whether you are frustrated or not completely satisfied with iTunes it is the beast that provides the channels that keeps Apple the leader.

 

I am glad we won on this one.

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I don't know about Beats, but I have found Spotify's algorithm to be significantly lacking. Around 4 few years ago I used Last FM and their algorithm was unbelievable.
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Well I wish them the best, but I feel Beats is too late to the game.

I agree that iTunes has become the better all around solution for any iOS device. Because you can buy a song directly from iTunes Radio and instantly add it to your one collection of music that is shared with all your devices, there isn't another service that can really compete with that. Plus, the addition of  iTunes Match for a one time payment of $25.00 a year gives you a commercial free experience.

 

I'm not saying Beats won't have some great stuff, but it's getting those subscriptions, that will be the toughest issue for them.

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I can't wait.... well not really.
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It's hard to imagine that they'll find songs I like based on machine algorithms and 'music experts'. Can they at least tell us the names of the music experts? Oh well, it may work well, who knows.
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If this goes well for Beats I bet they will want to move into the music player hardware...cough, cough iPods. to match those expensive headphones. This Beats Music subscription service will be Iovines trojan horse for iOS & Android to get it off the ground. Ultimately Iovine will want it all......

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I don't know about Beats, but I have found Spotify's algorithm to be significantly lacking. Around 4 few years ago I used Last FM and their algorithm was unbelievable.

 

By "unbelievable" do you mean you found it good or horrible?

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  Dr Dre and Jimmy Iovine will always have my admiration for screwing Monster out of a huge deal and making zillions in a market I thought they wouldn't stand out in, the Monster niche of taking a decent but unremarkable $75 piece of gear and selling it for $150 and spending the budget on marketing instead of R & D and appealing to the rap crowd instead of the snake oil crowd.  So funny seeing Monster portray itself as the David vs Interscope's Goliath

 

Ordinarily a subscription discovery service would seem like a sure misstep, but very possibly the Beats By Dre buyers will also see the $120 a year as something they just have to do to maintain their hipness factor with their friends.  It ain't aimed at the rest of us.  

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I forgot Trent Reznor and other non-rap people were working on a subscription service on Beats and this is apparently it.  AI should have mentioned that. So it's not as narrow niched as the Beats headphones are.

 

On that angle, seems like the cost is in line with Spotify, which is is $9.99 per month for their similarly featured account.

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