Beats Music is now the first app to greet iOS users browsing the ‘Apps Made by Apple’ section of the App Store, giving the streaming music prime real estate on iTunes that should help it reel in more users than ever.
iTunes added the Beats Music app to its list of homegrown apps today that can be found on both the iOS App Store and iTunes desktop, placing it at the top of the featured list that also includes Pages, Numbers, Keynote, iPhoto, iMovie, Garageband, and more.
Apple’s $3 billion acquisition of Beats was finalized at the beginning of August, and Tim Cook welcomed Dr. Dre to the team by challenging him to an ice bucket video throw down (because we know the doctor loves making videos). Apple has also moved sales of all Beats headphones over to the Online Apple Store.
Beats Music’s inclusion on the Apps Made by Apple list is also exceptional in that it’s the only app that requires a monthly subscription. The app is free to download and try for two weeks before you decide to pay the $9.99 per month fee. GarageBand is the only other app that even offers in-app purchases, as Apple made all of the iLife and iWork apps for iOS free with the purchase of an iOS 7 device.
Even though Beats Music is now owned by Apple, the developer information still lists Beats Music, LLC. as the seller. It’s been rumored that Apple plans to keep Beats Music around as a separate app from the iOS Music app, however, Apple recently tapped Beats Music CEO, Ian Rogers to oversee iTunes Radio as well, signaling a potential merger of the two services.