Apple Inc. has its sights firmly set on growing the reach of its Apple Music service around the world. Last week, news came in announcing the official launch of the music streaming service in Turkey. Since then, Apple Music has been made available for subscription in Taiwan. The service is accompanied by the company’s Beats 1 radio station. It is now usable in 113 countries.
Apple Music goes live in Taiwan
In Taiwan, those in search of a broad range of readily available musical content should be glad to know that Apple Music is now accessible in the country. Apple Inc. was subtle when it broke the service out in Turkey early last week. Today news emerged stating that Apple Music also went live in Taiwan over the weekend. The service’s list of availability has since been amended to show the east Asian country’s addition.
Apple Music was ushered in with its usual free three month trail. After that, a monthly subscription charge of NT $150, about $4.50 USD, will take effect. A family subscription is also offered at NT $240. Along with the service came Apple Inc.’s Beat 1 radio station. Though both streaming services usually accompany one another, they do not always come hand-in-hand in every region. Like in other markets, Taiwan residents do not need to get an Apple Music subscription to access Beats 1.
The Taiwanese version of Apple Music will have content specially curated from local artists in the region. Its launch raises the number of countries the service is available in to 113. Apple Inc.’s music streaming service can be accessed in a large number of regions where its biggest rivals are available. For instance, nations like China, India, Russia, Japan and many others can’t stream music on Spotify, Apple Music’s largest competitor.
Spotify is currently available in 97 countries. It is true that it too is in a number of territories where its rival is not. However, Apple Inc. is quickly tightening the gap. As for Turkey and Taiwan, Spotify has long been available in both regions with large user bases in both.