By now, I’m sure that you’re well aware of Apple’s highly publicized acquisition of Beats Music and Beats Electronics back in 2014. At the time, Apple indicated that at some point it would shut down the streaming service, Beats Music, but would give existing subscribers time to move data over to Apple Music.
As of November 30, 2015, Beats Music went the way of the dodo bird, and Apple has now set January 19, 2016 as the final day that users can move their data over to Apple Music.
The Beats Music app makes it simple and painless to switch over to Apple Music. To transfer data from Beats Music to Apple Music, you must be running iOS 8.4 or later on your device and have the latest update to the Beats music app. When you open Beats Music after you update, you will be walked through the steps to move to Apple Music. Most all of your data from Beats Music can be transferred over including your library, playlists, username, recommendations, artists you follow. Apple has posted a support page to help with the transition if you do run into any trouble or need more information.
Make sure that you’re logged into iTunes on your iPhone or iPad with your Apple ID before starting the process. You can check that by going to Settings > iTunes & App Store. Once you’ve walked through the steps, you are given the choice to confirm your Apple Music membership and once you’ve confirmed, the Music app opens and starts transferring your data. Apple indicates on its support page that it may take up to 24 hours for all of your data to transfer. If it takes any longer than that you should go ahead and get in touch with Apple Support.
Why You Will Love Apple Music If You Were a Beats Music Subscriber
Even though Apple is getting a late start in the subscription streaming business, I think the company has positioned Apple Music for tremendous growth. Beats Music and Apple Music are a match made in heaven with some massive benefits that Spotify doesn’t have. Apple has the platform. There have been plenty of studies indicating that users are most like to use apps that come preinstalled on their phone, and since Apple is pushing out millions of iPhones every year Apple Music has a major leg up on the competition.
Apple also has a rich history in the music industry. The company practically led the charge into the digital music revolution in the early 2000s and at least for me, created a lot of trust. Anything Apple does in the music industry usually turns out to be pretty good. Since Apple’s streaming service was built on the back of Beats Music, I’m sure any prior Beats Music subscriber will enjoy Apple Music just as much.