Apple Music heads to Samsung TVs with new app

Apple and Samsung surprised a lot of people last year when they brought an iTunes app to Samsung TVs. After upgrading that iTunes app to become Apple’s TV app last fall, the budding ecosystem of Apple apps is gaining another member Thursday when the iPhone maker brings its Apple Music app to Samsung’s television platform. 

The new app, available today in over 100 countries on Samsung Smart TVs released from 2018 through 2020, will allow Apple Music subscribers to stream and play their music and Beats 1 radio on their televisions without having to first start it on an Apple device and then send it over via AirPlay. 

Samsung TVs also feature an app for Spotify, as Samsung made the Apple Music rival its “go-to” music service partner in 2018. 

In addition to music, the new app will also feature music videos plus Apple’s “At Home With Apple Music” initiative, started during the coronavirus pandemic, which features playlists, artist interviews and recordings of group FaceTime chats between artists and Beats 1 personalities like Zane Lowe. 

Podcasts, which Apple has in a separate app on iOS and MacOS, will similarly not be available in the Apple Music app on Samsung TVs. 

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You can now use Apple Music on the web

The web version is out of beta in time for the One World global coronavirus concert.

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In time for Saturday’s One World global coronavirus concert, Apple took the beta label off the web version of its Apple Music service. Spotted earlier by MacRumors, the online version of Apple Music launched as a public beta in the fall of last year and works with all popular browsers, including Chrome, Firefox, Edge and of course Safari.

The free version of Apple Music lets you listen to Beats 1 Radio and songs in your own music library. For $9.99 a month after a free three-month trial, you an stream any song in Apple’s music catalog, listen to music offline and tune into additional radio stations.

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The livestream of One World: Together at Home concert will feature Lady Gaga,  Elton John, Billie Eilish and dozens of other performers and kicks off 11 a.m. PT Saturday, April 18. Apple users can tune in between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. PT Saturday through Apple Music, Apple TV and Beats 1 radio. You can also watch on a variety of streaming services, include YouTube and Twitch.

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Apple’s App Store, Music services launch in dozens of new countries

Its App Store is now available in 175 countries and regions.

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Apple expanded the reach of its services on Tuesday, bringing the App Store, iCloud, Apple Podcasts, and Apple Arcade, to 20 new countries, while Apple Music came to 52 new markets. It includes countries in Africa, Asia-Pacific, Europe, Latin America, the Caribbean, the Middle East and Oceania.

The App Store, Apple Arcade, Apple Music, Apple Podcasts and iCloud are now available in:

  • Africa: Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Gabon, Libya, Morocco, Rwanda, and Zambia.
  • Asia-Pacific: Maldives and Myanmar.
  • Europe: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Kosovo, Montenegro, and Serbia.
  • Middle East: Afghanistan (excluding Apple Music) and Iraq.
  • Oceania: Nauru (excluding Apple Music), Tonga, and Vanuatu.

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Apple Music came to:

  • Africa: Algeria, Angola, Benin, Chad, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Namibia, Republic of the Congo, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, and Tunisia.
  • Asia-Pacific: Bhutan.
  • Europe: Croatia, Iceland, and North Macedonia.
  • Latin America and the Caribbean: the Bahamas, Guyana, Jamaica, Montserrat, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Turks and Caicos, and Uruguay.
  • Middle East: Kuwait, Qatar, and Yemen.
  • Oceania: Solomon Islands.

“We’re delighted to bring many of Apple’s most beloved Services to users in more countries than ever before,” Oliver Schusser, Apple’s vice president of Apple Music and International Content, said in a release.

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In January, Apple revealed that its services revenue soared 17% to $12.7 billion, largely thanks to the App Store, as it reported an all-time record quarter. The expansion of its services into new markets also comes a week after Apple launched its $399 iPhone SE, the most affordable iPhone in its lineup. Apple Arcade: 50 of our favorite games so far51 PHOTOS

First published on April 21, 2020 at 2:20 a.m. PT.

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