Apple Music is about to start live streaming select concerts with Harry Styles’ show at the UBS Arena in New York City starting this Friday. The concert starring the former One Direction star kicks off at 9 p.m. EDT. If you missed the live performance, you can listen to it when Apple Music replays the shows on Sunday, May 22 at noon EDT and Thursday, May 26 at 5:00 AM EDT.
Apple Music will hold its first livestream event this Friday, May 20 at 9 p.m. EDT
It is unknown at this time whether Apple will make Styles’ concert available for on-demand streaming at a later date. Apple has promoted the live streaming events as a way to “give the biggest music stars the broadest possible platform to showcase how they connect with audiences and how their songs translate into live performances.” styles’ Just one night in New York concert will be available worldwide to anyone who has an Apple Music subscription.
Apple Music’s first live streaming event will take place on May 20
Apple Music’s live streaming events include additional content to promote the artist and the live streamed concert. In Styles’ case, an extra track from the singer’s third solo album Harry’s House, which will be released on the day of the concert, plays. In addition, the 28-year-old will answer questions during an interview session that will cover various topics, including his new album and his therapy sessions.
If you’re not an Apple Music subscriber, you can get a month free (if you’ve never had a free trial), followed by an individual subscription for $9.99 per month. For $14.99 per month, up to six family members can purchase an Apple Music family subscription. And if you’re a student, you can join Apple Music for just $4.99 a month. A free six-month subscription is available with the purchase of eligible AirPods, Beats, or the purchase of a HomePod mini.
There is also a new Voice Plan for Apple Music with a discount of $4.99 per month. With the Voice Plan, subscribers navigate the app using Siri instead of tapping buttons on the touchscreen. Tell Siri what to play and she will arrange it for you. And you can access the same 90 million songs available to all Apple Music subscribers.
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If you’re a Verizon subscriber, you can get six months of free Apple Music with the provider’s Play More, Do More, and Start plans. From the Verizon app (iOS, Android) go to account I Manage subscription and tap your account. From there, you should be able to take advantage of the six free months of Apple Music. With the Get More plan, you can get Apple Music for free as part of your Verizon subscription.
Apple Music launched on June 30, 2015. Just over a year earlier, Apple had purchased Beats Audio for $3 billion, a transaction that remains the largest in Apple’s history. Just a few months before the purchase, Beats Audio had only 111,000 paying customers. Today, Apple Music is estimated to have more than 78 million subscribers.
For those unfamiliar with Harry Styles, he was a solo contestant on the UK version of the musical talent show X Factor. After being eliminated from the show, he joined group act One Direction on the show led by Judge and musical impresario Simon Cowell. One Direction became one of the best-selling boy bands of all time.
Styles eventually went solo and has also made a name for himself in films. With its popularity, Styles seems like a good choice to launch Apple Music live streaming service.