Apple software hits China today, Apple Music coming to Android this fall
It’s a very special day over at Apple HQ this morning, the company announced this week that Apple Music, iTunes Movies and iBooks are now available to customers in China starting today.
Th popular app Apple Music offers millions of songs from its catalog, Apple Music in China features music from artists including Eason Chan, Li Ronghao, JJ Lin and G.E.M., as well as a wide range of international artists including Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran and many more.
Fans can also rent or purchase movies from a great selection of Chinese studios as well as Hollywood blockbusters on the iTunes Store, in addition to enjoying paid and free books from the iBooks Store.
For the first time, customers in China will have access to Apple’s entertainment ecosystem with music, movies and books right at their fingertips.
“Customers in China love the App Store and have made it our largest market in the world for app downloads,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. “One of the top requests has been more great content and we’re thrilled to bring music, movies and books to China, curated by a local team of experts.”
As for Apple Music, that app will hit Android devices in the fall according to Apple’s announcements this week. The app allows users to stream any Apple Music song, playlist or album, and download it for future offline listening.
Apple’s music experts have also programmed an “abundance of playlists for any genre or activity,” in addition to creating hand-crafted radio stations powered by Apple Music’s extensive music catalog.
Apple Music also allows artists to connect with fans through Connect. The artist or band can share lyrics, backstage photos, videos or even release their latest song directly to fans from their iPhone.
Apple Music in China features an incredible selection of local and international music from all the major and many independent labels, with more music being added regularly.
Customers can enjoy Apple Music on their iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, PC and Android phones this fall.
Fans in China can also access the iTunes Store, allowing customers to rent or purchase movies, with most titles available in HD, and enjoy the ultimate movie experience from any device, wherever and whenever they want.
On the list are recent blockbusters such as “Jurassic World,” “Furious 7” and “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” as well as movies from local studios including Bona, Huayi Brothers and 1905.
With iTunes Extras, customers can also experience special features such as behind-the-scenes footage. As a token of appreciation, the recent Chinese hit, “The Taking of Tiger Mountain,” will be offered for free to all customers in China for a limited time.
If you checkout the iBooks Store you will find both paid and free Chinese language books from top local publishers, including “Big Head Son & Little Head Dad” by Zheng Chunhua, “The Family Belongings of Chinese People” by Ma Hongjie, and for the first time in China, Stephenie Meyer’s “Twilight” series will be available in a digital format. Purchased books are available anytime on customers’ Apple devices.
Pricing & Availability
Starting on September 30, music fans in China are invited to a three-month trial membership of Apple Music, after which a 10 RMB/month subscription fee will apply. T
here will also be a family plan providing service for up to six family members available for just 15 RMB/month. Apple Music requires initial sign up.
At the end of the trial period, the membership will automatically renew and payment method will be charged on a monthly basis until auto-renewal is turned off in account settings. Family plan requires iCloud Family Sharing.
Movies on iTunes will be available starting at 5 RMB for rental in HD and 18 RMB to buy new releases in HD. Paid iBooks start at 0.5 RMB.