The Apple Music streaming app has landed in the Google Play Store – with the exception of migration app Move to iOS, the first Apple app ever to be launched on Android.
The app comes with most of the features of the iOS version, including Beats1 radio, For You recommendations and iTunes connectivity – music videos and family subscriptions aren't currently available – and is offering new users the same three-month free trial.
“From the moment we got into music, many, many years ago, we’ve always wanted to do things for everyone when it came down to music,” said Eddy Cue, Apple's SVP of internet software and services, in an interview with TechCrunch. “Part of that was letting you enjoy your music no matter where you were and what products you were using. So if you’ve got another device with Apple Music and you’ve got your whole music library in the cloud you can access it from Android. If you haven’t, but you’ve purchased music from iTunes in the past, if you use the same Apple ID when you join on Android it’ll read all the music you’ve purchased.”
Of course, being on Android also significantly widens the service's potential user base and thus subscription revenues.
The app is currently in beta, and is available in every country where the iOS version has been launched, with one notable exception – China, where Apple Music belatedly launched at the end of September. The Android beta is set to launch in China ‘very soon’, according to TechCrunch.