After Apple drove Sony during the 2014 World Cup by offering its famous Beats headphones to players from the world’s top teams, the company can now let go of Windows Phone users and start investing in a music app for the operating system that really matters: Apple’s first Android app may be on the way!
According to 9to5Mac, sources linked to Apple and the music industry guarantee that the iPhone maker will develop an app and a music service streaming own music to replace the current Beats Music. The new service, currently unnamed, would look like the Google Play Music or Amazon Music, that is, unlimited use for streaming music, radio, the possibility to load personal music libraries, share music via social networks and, of course, purchase albums. Although this new application comes to offer most of the features that we find today in the Beats Music, it will be redesigned from scratch to be close to what is now Apple’s user interface.
Why do you need to care about that?
Unless you are also a user of a device running on iOS or have a Mac, this news may not seem exactly relevant to you. However, I believe that the more applications and service options arrive for Android, the more competitiveness we will have and, therefore, the better quality for the end user. As a user of services like Spotify, Amazon Music, Sony Music Unlimited, Google Play Music and iTunes, I’m sure that Apple can increase freemium music services, especially if we look at the music licenses that the company already has.
In addition, the fact that Apple engineers are working on the company’s first Android app shows the company’s need to open up to the market, just as Google has been doing for some time now by allowing iOS users to rely on services like YouTube, Gmail, Play Music and more.
It seems that the new application should reach the market next summer in the northern hemisphere, that is, close to winter in Brazil. Although we are talking about a rumor here, it is worth keeping an eye out and waiting for the Apple developer conference, which will take place in June, as we will not always have the opportunity to see Tim Cook recognizing the expansion of Android in the world.
So, do you believe that Apple can offer its first Android app until the middle of the year? Let us know your opinion in the comments below.