Apple updates Beats Music for iOS to enable migration to Apple Music


Apple has just released a new version of Beats Music for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch that adds the ability to migrate from the subscription music service to Apple Music which replaces it. The migration assistant keeps both playlists and saved music from artists and albums intact when moving to Apple Music.

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Apple notes that once a Beats Music account is converted to an Apple Music account, the previously existing Beats Music account is permanently cancelled.

Apple Music is launching with a free 3-month trial available to everyone so current Beats Music subscribers will enjoy using the new service without payment for that period. After that period, the Apple Music price will be the same as Beats Music at $9.99/month in the United States. Subscribers will also have access to a $14.99/month tier that supports up to 6 users through Apple’s Family Sharing feature.


Once converted, any Beats Music credit balance will become iTunes credit to be used on the App Store, iTunes Store, or iBooks Store. In addition to tighter iOS integration and a dedicated desktop app through iTunes, Apple Music boasts an expanded catalog over Beats Music including exclusive content like Dr. Dre’s The Chronic album, Taylor Swift’s 1989 record, and an new Pharrell premier.

The update to Beats Music for iOS is available now through the App Store.

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  1. Looks like iOS 9b2 is SOL for the subscription part. Damn, I should have brought all my devices to the office today.

  2. Mikal Veale - 8 years ago

    From some reason, the playlists I made in Beats Music don’t show up in Apple Music

    • advance2101 - 8 years ago

      I had this issue also, but found the fix. Go to iOS settings -> music -> and enable iCloud music library. Hope this helps.

  3. So eager to try this. I have the Beats app now and LOVE it.

  4. truth42 - 8 years ago

    Not a surprise but it seems a little buggy. For example, certain albums are download to my iPhone when I select ‘Make Available Offline’ other albums will not download, or I have to remove nor downloaded album three or four times to make the album download to my phone.

  5. dick dick (@dickdick) - 8 years ago

    No Sonos no deal

  6. Andrew Messenger - 8 years ago

    If anyone using Beats has the AT&T family plan, beware. It only takes ONE user to migrate to Apple Music to cancel the rest of your accounts. If any of the people on your family plan are Android or iOS 9 beta users, they will be locked out of Beats Music until it becomes available on their OS.

    Now the migration won’t work for the other 4 users either. It is preventing them from accessing their libraries or going through the migration process.

    Apple seemed ill-prepared to handle that transition, as there was no literature on it, Beats support couldn’t answer any questions about it.


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