Apple Music now available on Android

Apple launched a beta of the Apple Music app for Android-based smartphones and tablets today, now providing Android users with access not only to Apple Music, but Beats 1 radio and the Apple Connect social network as well.

Requiring Android 4.3 or later, the new app is available in all countries where the iOS version of the app is available -- except for China. Pricing is the same for Android users at $9.99 per month for an individual plan and $14.99 for the family-sized plan. Oddly enough, the beta version doesn't currently have a way to sign up for the family memberships within the app... but it IS a beta version. 

TechCrunch had an interview with Eddy Cue about the Android app, saying that the company wanted to let people enjoy music "no matter where you were and what products you were using." Cue noted that it's a full native Android app that will "feel very much like an Android app", saying that:

We wanted customers on Android to naturally be able to use it — what they’ve learned and how they interact is common. Things as simple as that the share icon looks like an Android share icon; the menu structure being where it is; these are things that most Android customers are familiar with. We wanted to make sure that they felt very familiar with Apple Music when they sat down to use it.

Compatibility with Chromecast Audio and Android Wear isn't cooked into the current app, but the company wants to get feedback from customers, even to the point of adding a large feedback button in the app. Hopefully Android users will provide valuable feedback and not just troll Apple...