A new report from Re/code sheds more light on Apple’s much-rumored streaming music service. Apple’s expected $9.99 per-month service will not offer a free tier, instead it will offer a free trial period, along with SoundCloud-like sharing features.
First and foremost, Apple hopes to offer listeners a free trial period, which lasts between one and three months, letting them sample the music service for an extended period of time before opting for a full subscription. The length of the trial will depend on what Apple is able to negotiate with music companies.
Re/code’s sources also say that Apple is working on SoundCloud-like sharing features that would allow artists and music creators to upload samples of songs that listeners could access without subscribing to the service.
Apple is also said to be working on a revamp of iTunes Music, which may feature stations that are curated by humans, with different content available in various locales.
Apple is still working to get all of its ducks in a row before launching the service, but is believed to be on track for a debut at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference in June. The streaming service will hopefully be introduced at WWDC 2015, and will be released to the public alongside iOS 8.4.