Apple today announced that Apple Music, iTunes Movies and iBooks are now available to customers in China. The company also said the cloud-based music streaming service will roll out on Android phones this fall Music combines a music library with the knowledge of music experts who have programmed playlists and radio stations. Launching with millions of songs in its catalog, Apple Music in China features music from artists including Eason Chan, Li Ronghao, JJ Lin and G.E.M., as well as a wide range of international artists including Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran and many more. Fans can also rent or purchase movies from a selection of Chinese studios as well as Hollywood blockbusters on the iTunes Store, in addition to enjoying paid and free books from the iBooks Store.
Apple Music is a single app. You can stream any Apple Music song, playlist or album, and download it for future offline listening. Music experts have programmed playlists for any genre or activity, in addition to creating hand-crafted radio stations powered by Apple Music?s music catalog. Through Connect, artists can share lyrics, backstage photos, videos or even release their latest song directly to fans from their iPhone. Apple Music in China features a selection of local and international music from all the major and many independent labels, with more music being added regularly. Apple Music can be used on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, PC and Android phones.
Through the iTunes Store, Apple's customers can rent or purchase movies, with most titles available in HD, and enjoy them from any device,.
The iBooks Store offers a selection of both paid and free Chinese language books from top local publishers, including "Big Head Son & Little Head Dad" by Zheng Chunhua, "The Family Belongings of Chinese People" by Ma Hongjie, and for the first time in China, Stephenie Meyer?s "Twilight" series will be available in a digital format.
Starting on September 30, Apple will offe Chinese consumers a three-month trial membership of Apple Music, after which a 10 RMB/month subscription fee will apply. There will also be a family plan providing service for up to six family members available for just 15 RMB/month. At the end of the trial period, the membership will automatically renew and payment method will be charged on a monthly basis until auto-renewal is turned off in account settings.
Movies on iTunes will be available starting at 5 RMB for rental in HD and 18 RMB to buy new releases in HD. Paid iBooks start at 0.5 RMB.
Apple Music will also come to Android phones this fall.