What I Like About Apple Music
That being said, any idiot can use Siri. You simply push a button and say, for example, “Play James Taylor’s Newest album” and his newest album “Before the World” will start playing. Want to add it to your music collection? Just say “Add the album to My Music” and it is added. Want to hear a specific album? I just say “Play Sonny Rollins Way out West” and it starts playing. For those that are so confused by the app, just stick to this format and you should be just fine. You can also just say “play top hits from 1977” or “let’s listen to some jazz” or “play something by the Beastie Boys” and it simply starts playing. Since it is intertwined with my collection, I can also say “Play Revolver Mono Remaster” and its starts playing The Beatles “Revolver (2009 Mono Remaster)” even though it isn't available on Apple Music.
To say it is complicated is to say that plumbing is complicated every time you use the faucet.
The choices they come up with have been interesting, imaginative, and simply a fantastic way to discover new music. I have tried every service out there and the curation on Apple Music is the best (at least for me).
Your Own Music Along for the Ride
I should mention that I have several books (like All Music and Rolling Stone Album Guide) about music, so I love to dig deep into certain genres. Personally, I consider this type of variety in many genres to by one of the best things about the service, but I can see how some would consider it complicated. For those people, see my section above related to Siri.
1. I will complain about the lack of Apple Music Multi-Room Airplay implementation in iOS until the cows come home. iOS is able to do this without an issue with the Whaale app, so it makes no sense that this isn’t available right now.
2. Remote app or Apple Music on iOS needs to be updated to control Apple Music running on a computer. You can control Spotify and Rdio running on OSX with their iOS apps, so there is no reason Apple can’t get this done.
3. Lack of continue play - When a song ends, I want to continue to listen to related music. I don’t want music to end until I tell it to. Rdio already has this feature.
4. Lack of bit rate adjustability - A lot of people want to use lower bitrates because of their cellular data plans. The other services let you independently control the bitrate on cellular and wifi. Apple Music needs this, too.
5. Lack of choice in artist radio - Rdio has a slider for "artist only" that slides to "adventurous". Nothing like it on Apple Music.
6. No AppleTV? Really Apple, you don't even support your own stuff? It is supposed to be coming in the Fall, but I want it now!
7. I love the ability to watch videos and I like how easy it is to find video in iOS (Tidal could learn from the Apple implementation). However, I could not find a way to open it in full screen on the iPad, there isn't a native Airplay button for video, and when I tried mirroring from iOS the screen would go black. If this is some sort of licensing issue, Apple should have fought harder to get Airplay compatibility. If it is a bug, hopefully, it will be resolved soon.
8. Bitrate - I would love to see lossless streaming for more money (like Tidal), but I know I am just dreaming.