What Apple Music means for your Beats Music account

Apple Music will offer several new and exciting new features to music lovers, starting later this month. It will also mark a transition for Beats Music customers, as the service morphs into Apple's new offering. Here's a look at what Apple Music means for your Beats account, and what you can expect to change.

Apple acquired Beats Music and Beats Electronics in May, 2014. After posting a warm welcome to Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre, the company kept quiet about its plans for its new acquisition. That changed at WWDC 2015.

Here's what will happen on June 30, when Apple Music goes live.

  1. Apple Music will replace Beats Music. When you launch the Beats Music app on your iOS device, you'll be prompted to join Apple Music. Once you move your account, your Beats Music subscription will be cancelled.
  2. Playlists you've created and subscribed to as a Beats Music customer, as well as the albums you've saved in your Beats library, will be available in Apple Music.
  3. You get to keep your Beats Music username.
  4. For those with an individual plan on Beats Music, the price is still $9.99 per month.


As of this writing, I don't know if "The Sentence" will carry over from Beats Music to Apple Music. The Sentence is a feature of the Beats Music app that lets you complete a sentence, Mad Libs-style, to create an on-the-fly station that suits your mood and situation. It has helped me find a lot of great music and is often eerily on target with what I'm looking for. The official FAQ at Beatsmusic.com reads, "Apple Music has everything you already know and love in Beats Music," so one assumes so. But you know what happens when we assume.

I'm eager to experience Apple Music. I've been a Beats Music customer since day one and I love it. The curation is fantastic and has helped me discover more new music than any other service I've tried. While I'm nervous to see it go, I'm hopeful that Apple has a good plan in place.