Apple Music now finally available through a web interface
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Apple Music has finally aligned itself with its competition by offering a platform agnostic web-based interface. In beta for some time, music.apple.com is now widely available allowing Apple Music’s 60 million subscribers to access their streaming collection through any browser. Unfortunately, it doesn’t offer users access to their own library of music in the same way that services like Google Play Music do.
Anyone who isn’t already an Apple Music subscriber can sign up for a free three-month trial of the service, an option that is now also available directly through the web interface – as with all Apple products and services, you will however need to sign up with an Apple ID. Apple is of the view that this opens users up to privacy and security issues, although, conveniently, it also is a first step to being surrounded by Apple’s walled garden.
Signing up to the service will give you access to 60 million songs, but these are limited to Apple’s preferred lossy AAC format. However, Apple emphasises the human curation side of its playlists and suggestions as the reason to opt for its service and not others. If you are looking for CD-quality or better than CD-quality audio, you will to look at alternative services like Tidal, Amazon Music (in select markets), Spotify or Deezer among a few others.