Apple Music expands to Israel

As noted by AppleInsider, Apple has expanded the international availability of its Apple Music to Israel, allowing customers in the region to sign up for a three-month free trial via iTunes on Mac and the dedicated Music app on iOS. 

Apple says its streaming music service has passed 13 million subscribers. Billboard, the music industry trade publication, says Apple Music is accelerating the subscription growth trend. 

U.S. consumption of music continued to grow in the first half of 2016, even as sales of most formats declined, according to Border City Media’s state-of-the-industry data service, BuzzAngle Music. With the pace of audio streaming more than doubling activity tracked over the same period last year, total industry consumption was up by 6.5%.