There are now a whopping 100 million songs available to stream on Apple Music.
That’s “more music than you can listen to in a lifetime, or several lifetimes,” says Rachel Newman, Apple Music’s global head of editorial. “More music than any other platform. Simply the biggest collection of music, in any format, ever.”
Apple Music has the hits and everything else
Apple’s iTunes was once the preferred method for artists to distribute their work and for customers to buy it. But then streaming became more popular – hence the launch of Apple Music in 2015.
Newman says that the growth of the service’s streaming catalog comes from another change in the music industry: Artists no longer need a record label. Each day, more than 20,000 singers and songwriters release songs through Apple Music, according to the company.
“One hundred million songs is evidence of a more democratic space, where anyone, even a new artist making music out of their bedroom, can have the next big hit,” says Newman in an Apple press release Monday.
While that’s generally positive, it means listeners must deal with a firehose of new songs daily. To help subscribers, Apple Music maintains 30,000 expert-curated playlists. And that’s just one way the streaming service tries to direct listeners to the finest music around.
“Gone are the days of hitting shuffle on your library: Now it’s on us to help you discover new favorites and rediscover forgotten gems, whether it’s one of our expert radio hosts lighting your path, or a handcrafted playlist,” says Newman.
Apple Music goes way beyond iPhone – it can be played on a wide variety of devices, from HomePod to Roku. A subscription costs $9.99 per month in the United States. Unlike rival services, there’s no free-with-ads version.