All the final details before Apple Music’s launch tomorrow

apple logo with music notes canvasTomorrow is the big launch of Apple Music. The tech company has been dominating the news with minor updates and announcements about its subscription streaming service over the past few days, so here’s a roundup of what listeners should know before the new platform’s debut.

Exclusives and Celebrities

After the tech company agreed to reverse its policy on free trial royalty rates, pop queen Taylor Swift tweeted that her album “1989” would be available on Apple Music. But she’s not the only big get for the streaming platform. Classic hip-hop album “The Chronic” by Dr. Dre will be available to stream for the first time on Apple Music. That’s not so much of a surprise given Dre’s affiliation with Beats Music, and now with Apple, but it’s still another distinguishing factor for the service.

Apple has also announced some of the individuals who will be hosting programs on the Beats 1 radio service. Drake, Pharrell Williams, Elton John, St. Vincent, Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age, Disclosure, and Jaden Smith. That roster covers a wide range of music genres, ages, and experience in the industry. There haven’t been many updates explaining what the celebrity programming will sound like, however.

Tech Updates

Apple Music on iOS will require updating your smartphone to the 8.4 version of the operating system. When Apple rolls out iOS 9, that will add other technical updates to the music platform. For instance, it plans to expand the current 25,000 track limit for iTunes Match to 100,000 under the upcoming update.

A launch on Android is due later this year, as is an integration with Sonos in-home speaker systems. Also, for any lingering Beats Music subscribers, Apple exec Eddy Cue said that there will be an ability to migrate playlists from that service into the Apple Music ecosystem.

It’s About Time

If you want to get your hands on Apple Music as soon as possible, then have your alarms set for 8 am Pacific tomorrow. That’s when Apple Music Senior Director Ian Rogers said the iOS 8.4 update will be available for Apple devices and when you’ll first be able to access the new Music app. The first broadcast of Beats 1 radio is scheduled to hit the airwaves one hour later.

Anna Washenko

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