Apple Music on Android may sound like a mismatched pairing of oil and water. But after a lengthy beta Apple has kept plugging away, and is now bringing the streaming service out of beta.
Apple Music version 1.0 isn’t a major update, outside of the removal of the beta tag. Though there are a few additions detailed within the changelog: “Equalizer settings and a variety of performance, playback, and stability improvements.”
The equalizer is in the main iOS Settings, so Apple needed to bring it directly into the Android app in order to have a similar experience. During the beta period Apple has made several other improvements, such as a home screen widget and support for music videos.
You can get the update to Apple Music for Android from the Google Play Store.
Why this matters: While Apple is always going to keep its services tied closely to its own hardware, this is one instance when an Android version makes sense. As with iTunes coming to Windows in 2003, licensing deals with music publishers may necessitate Apple providing reach well beyond its own hardware ecosystem.